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Google Launches Gmail API Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 01, 2014

At the last Google I/O Google has introduced a new Gmail API aiming at "giving developers flexible, RESTful access to the user's inbox, with a natural interface to Threads, Messages, Labels, Drafts, and History", and bringing developers multiple benefits over IMAP, says Google.

Drupal Integration with Native iOS and Android Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 30, 2014

At latest Drupal Conference in Austin, TX, mobile and web development company Lemberg has introduced a native Drupal 8 software development kit. Lemberg's SDK aims at making it easier for developers to handle the communication between a native mobile app and a Drupal website. The SDK is currently available only for iOS and Android, while the Windows Phone version should be coming soon.

WebIDE: A Web IDE in Firefox

by Abel Avram on  Jun 24, 2014 1

Mozilla has released in the nightly builds an IDE for creating, editing, running and debugging web applications on Firefox OS devices and simulators, planning to extend it to all major browsers on mobile devices.

Google Web Fundamentals and Web Starter Kit

by Abel Avram on  Jun 20, 2014 1

Google has published a number of guidelines and boilerplate code for cross-platform responsive website design.

Beta Testing on iOS 8 with TestFlight

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 18, 2014

At WWDC 2014, Apple announced the integration of TestFlight within the iOS 8 development tool suite. This aims at giving developers more options to set up a beta testing program and make the whole process a lot easier, thus promising to fix a longstanding complaint from developers about the hardness of testing iOS apps before launch.

Amazon Announces Mobile Associates API for iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 17, 2014

Amazon has announced that it has started exploring integration of the Mobile Associates API (MAA) into iOS apps. Amazon encourages developers to present their use cases for them to participate in a private beta program that will guarantee early access to MAA for iOS. Interested developers will be selected by Amazon based on their use case and their willingness to provide feedback.

PhoneGap 3.5.0 No Longer Supports iOS 5 and Won’t Support WP 7

by Abel Avram on  Jun 13, 2014

Cordova/PhoneGap 3.5.0 no longer support iOS 5, 3.6.0+ will not support WP 7, and future updates will come through npm.

Swift Might Not Be As Fast As Apple Claims It To Be: First Benchmarks

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 11, 2014

Performance is one of the benefits that Apple claims its new Swift programming language should bring to OS X and iOS developers, and being in beta hasn't prevented independent developers from running benchmarks and reporting their findings. Perhaps unsurprisingly these show that in some cases Swift performance is not yet satisfactory.

Splitforce Updates Toolsuite for Mobile A/B Testing

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jun 10, 2014

Behavioral testing of mobile applications is becoming more and more important for a huge number of companies. Splitforce launched a tool suite to optimize mobile applications by A/B-testing in 2013. Now, Splitforce launched an updated version of its tool suite with functionalities like user-targeting, tests based on behavioral data or auto-optimization.

Online Resources to Learn Apple's Swift Language

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 05, 2014 4

Apple introduction of Swift, a new programming language for the OS X and iOS platform, has sparked some interest from the developers' community. If you are interested in learning more about Swift, here you can find some useful online resources.

Apple Announces New iOS 8 SDK and Developer Tools

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 04, 2014 2

At its 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple announced its new mobile operating system, iOS 8, alongside new SDKs and development tools. New Apple software includes over 4000 new APIs, including all new frameworks such as HealthKit, HomeKit, and CloudKit, and enhancements to the platform gaming capabilities. Apple also announced a new language aiming at being the successor to Objective-C.

Apple Releases Swift, a High-performance High-level Language for iOS and OSX

by Alex Blewitt on  Jun 03, 2014 6

Today at WWDC 2014, Apple announced the beta availability of a new programming language, swift, which is set to ship with iOS 8 and OSX Yosemite later this year. Swift is a high-level programming language that will be familiar to JavaScript developers, but is compiled using LLVM to produce highly performant executable code for both OSX and iOS platforms.

Xamarin.Forms Enables Truly Native Cross-platform UIs

by Abel Avram on  May 29, 2014 8

Up until now one could write with Xamarin cross-platform native mobile applications that shared 80% of the code on average with the rest of 20% representing UI code that had to be written separately for each platform. The latest release, Xamarin 3.0, introduces Xamarin.Forms, a MVVM library for writing a single UI code in C# being executed natively on iOS, Android or Windows Phone.

C++ Cross-Platform iOS and Android Development: The Dropbox Lesson

by Sergio De Simone on  May 28, 2014 1

Dropbox developers have recently given some talks describing how they support both iOS and Android in their apps without having to recode everything on each platform. Let's review the reasons that led to their approach, the benefits it brings, and some key points learned through the process.

Bridging the Gap Between Gesture and Animation with Facebook's Pop Framework

by Sergio De Simone on  May 20, 2014

Facebook has recently open-sourced Pop, the animation engine behind its iOS Paper app. Pop aims at making it easier for developers to go beyond fire-and-forget animations, thus enabling interactive animations. In addition to static animations, Pop supports spring and decay dynamic animations, as well allowing the creation of custom animations.

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