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Google's Recipe to Code Sharing across Android, iOS, and the Web

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 26, 2014 3

Garrick Toubassi, Google Inbox engineering director, has recently explained how his team could get to "sharing roughly two-thirds of their client code" across three platforms: iOS, Android, and the web. The key is a clear separation of concerns between UI code and UI-independent logic, and a couple of tools that Google developed through the years.

AppDynamics Introduces Mobile Real User Management

by Ralph Winzinger on  Nov 21, 2014

AppDynamics recently released Mobile Real User Management, a sophisticated solution for end-to-end monitoring of mobile apps. AppDynamics offers application performance monitoring (APM) which lets users not only analyze their applications but complete end-to-end transactions. Therefore monitoring with AppDynamics supports database systems, application container, web-applications and mobile apps.

JetBrains Releases AppCode 3.1 Preview with Improved Swift Support

by Matt McComb on  Nov 19, 2014

JetBrains has released AppCode 3.1 under its EAP, offering developers a preview of the IDE's improved Swift support. This release builds upon the basic support for the Swift language introduced in June's 3.0.1 release, which included basic editing support and syntax highlighting for Swift. With the release of 3.1 developers can avail of most of the IDE's advanced capabilities when using Swift.

How Etsy Does Continuous Integration for Mobile Apps

by João Miranda on  Nov 19, 2014 1

Nassim Kammah, engineer at Etsy, explained to Velocity Conference attendants how Etsy does continuous integration for mobile apps. Etsy uses a mix of automated and manual processes, still adhering to the same principles that it applies on web development and reusing many of the same tools. Nassim also talked about how Etsy handles the unique set of challenges presented by mobile apps development.

Android and iOS Go HTML5 Friendly With Their Latest Releases

by João Paulo Marques on  Nov 17, 2014

The two popular mobile operating systems, Android and iOS, may be about to give a boost to the HTML5 development with their latest releases. While Google is removing WebView from Android's core, making it an updatable component, Apple replaced the traditional UIWebView with WKWebView, which has advantages in the performance, stability and functionality of hybrid applications.

64 Bit Support for iOS Mandatory From February 2015: Benefits and Hindrances

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 11, 2014

Apple announced that, as of February 1 2015, all App Store submissions will be required to include 64-bit support and to be built with the iOS 8 SDK. The new requirement will only apply to new submissions, that is new apps and updates to existing apps. A look at benefits and hindrances in this process.

Apple TestFlight Now Allows up to 1,000 External Beta Testers

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 05, 2014

Apple announced that its TestFlight beta testing service allows now to invite up to 1,000 external beta testers via iTunesConnect. The most relevant facts about the new service.

URX Provides Cross-platform Deep Linking, Indexing and Routing

by Abel Avram on  Oct 29, 2014

URX is providing Omnilinks, an open deep linking standard, an application index containing deep linked mobile apps and link routing.

Office 365 Adds iOS and Android SDKs for Native App Support

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 28, 2014

Office 365 is expanding developer support by adding new APIs and key SDKs for native app development on the Android and iOS platforms. These SDKs will let developers utilize Objective-C and Java while constructing apps that leverage Office 365 functionality.

Microsoft Releases iOS Mobile Services 2.0 Beta

by Matt McComb on  Oct 27, 2014

Microsoft has recently released a new preview of its 2.0 Mobile Services iOS SDK. The SDK allows iOS developers to easily integrate their mobile applications with Mobile Services backends hosted on Azure. Mobile Services is a MBaaS with support for cloud storage, push notifications, authentication, mobile analytics and custom APIs written in Node.js or .NET.

A Task Parallel Library for Object Pascal and C++

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 27, 2014 1

A major feature of RAD Studio XE7 is its Parallel Programming Library. XE7 brings task-based parallelism to a variety of platforms including Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android. Unlike Mono, this tool-chain offers fully native applications on all target platforms.

How Immutable State Helped Facebook to Improve Its iOS App Architecture

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 24, 2014

Facebook has been working in the last two years to evolve the architecture of its iOS app with the goal of improving performance, abstractions, and the underlying development model. Adam Ernst and Arl Grant, software engineers at Facebook, explained what issues they had to solve and how they did in a @Scale 2014 talk.

Realm Brings SQLite Alternative to Android

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Oct 24, 2014

Realm is an open-source, object oriented, mobile database. Last month, Realm for Android was released, less than 3 months after the iOS version was first available and it comes with a fluent, strongly typed API.

Facebook AsyncDisplayKit Touts Smooth Asynchronous UI for iOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 17, 2014

Facebook has open-sourced its AsyncDisplayKit, a framework originally built for Facebook's Paper app that promises to make it easier to keep apps smooth and responsive even on older devices.

Batch Updates Solve Long-standing Issue with Core Data

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 06, 2014

Core Data batch updates, introduced in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, aim at fixing a long-standing limitation of the Core Data stack, as developers had been asking for many years. Let's review the problem that batch updates solve, how they work, and an alternative to them involving a rethinking of data normalization strategy.

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