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Google Releases gRPC, a HTTP/2 RPC Framework for Microservices

by Abel Avram on  Feb 27, 2015 2

Google has opened sourced gRPC, a RPC framework used internally to connect cloud microservices. gRPC comes with support for 10 languages, making it attractive for creating back-end cloud services for mobile applications.

New UXKit Framework Spotted in OS X 10.10.3 Provides UIKit-like API

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 19, 2015

There has recently been a lot of talking about a new UXKit framework that was spotted in OS X 10.10.3 beta. What is interesting about it is that its API is very close to iOS UIKit’s, leading several developers to hope that it can bring the two platforms closer to one another.

Apple Announces TestFlight Groups, Larger Binary Submission Limit

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 18, 2015

Apple announced TestFlight Groups, a new feature aimed at making it easier to manage groups of beta users in TestFlight. On the same day, Apple also announced that the App Store is now accepting larger binaries.

Reapp - Hybrid Mobile App Development Using React

by Matt McComb on  Feb 16, 2015

Over the past two weeks much hype has surrounded Facebook’s announcement of React Native, an extension to React.js that enables native mobile app development using JavaScript. Amidst the hype Reapp has launched , offering React enthusiasts an alternative approach to developing mobile apps.

Microsoft Open Sources TouchDevelop Containing 160K LoC

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2015 1

Microsoft has open source their research project TouchDevelop, which contains about 160K lines of code mostly written in TypeScript.

iOS 8 Day by Day: Free Book on iOS 8 Programming

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 11, 2015

iOS 8 Day by Day is a free book made of 39 short chapters highlighting the key features of iOS 8. Each chapter comes with an Xcode project demonstrating how to use the corresponding feature, either through a standalone app or a playground. The book is aimed at developers who already know the basics of iOS programming in Objective-C and Swift. InfoQ has interviewed book’s author Sam Davies.

Apple Prepares Swift 1.2 For Release

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 10, 2015

Apple has made available Swift 1.2 with a developer release of Xcode 6.3. A number of improvements have been made to both the compilation speed and also performance of the compiled code. Read on to find out what else is new, and what steps need to be taken for migrating from earlier versions of Swift.

Reveal 1.5 Released, Adding 35 New Features Including Auto-Layout Support

by Matt McComb on  Feb 10, 2015

Itty Bitty apps last week released (http://revealapp.com/features/#debug) version 1.5 of their iOS layout debugging app Reveal; which features 35 new features and a refreshed user interface.

JUniversal: A Microsoft Tool for Porting Android Apps to Windows Phone and iOS

by Abel Avram on  Feb 06, 2015

Microsoft has open sourced JUniversal, a tool for writing cross-platform mobile applications in Java.

Facebook Enables Native App Development in JavaScript with React Native

by Matt McComb on  Feb 03, 2015

Announced at last week’s React Conf, React Native is a version of the popular React JavaScript library targeted solely at mobile developers. On the surface React Native looks very similar to React, with JavaScript declarations of reactive user interfaces; but behind the scenes React Native interfaces are backed by platform specific native controls rather than DOM elements.

TestFlightApp.com is Going to Shut Down Next Month

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 28, 2015 1

Apple announced that "services offered at TestFlightApp.com will no longer be available after February 26, 2015." The announcement contains a few important hints to help transitioning existing apps from TestFlightApp.com to iTunes Connect.

Unity Launches Analytics on iOS and Android

by Matt McComb on  Jan 27, 2015

Unity last week announced the launch of Unity Analytics, a service which assists game developers in gaining an understanding into the behaviour of their players. The service is currently in an open beta with support for the iOS and Android platforms only.

Fastlane Brings Continuous Deployment to iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 23, 2015

Fastlane is a suite of tools that aim at automating the iOS app release process and provide "a fully working Continuous Deployment process" that can be triggered by running a single command. Interview with fast lane's creator, Felix Krause.

Xamarin Releases Unified iOS/Mac API with 64-Bit Support

by Matt McComb on  Jan 22, 2015 1

amarin last week announced version 8.6 of its iOS SDK (Xamarin.iOS), the first non-beta release to include the company's Unified API for iOS and Mac. The Unified API replaces the 32-bit MonoTouch and MonoMac APIs, enabling code re-use across both platforms and adding 64-bit support.

Developing an Apple Watch App

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 16, 2015

At a recent Seattle Xcoders Meetup, Curt Clifton, software engineer at The Omni Group, described what developing for the Apple Watch is like. He discussed a watch app conceptual model, data communication between the phone and the watch, and a few challenges.

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