Vision Mobile has published the Mobile Developer Economics 2010 and Beyond report, containing the results of a survey across +400 developers working on the most important eight mobile platforms. The survey shows what platform the developers prefer, what is the installed base and number of apps per platform, time needed to learn and debug on a platform, and others.
Smart phones and mobile computers must deal with a new breed of security threat. Software countermeasures are available, but user awareness and user education are key elements of any protection scheme.
Mobile Ruby developers get a new version of Rhodes: the 2.0 release brings many new features, and also puts the framework under the MIT license. іPhone developers will be glad to hear Rhodes apps are being accepted into the AppStore. Also: Android developers and users can use JRuby with Ruboto and Ruboto-IRB.
Problems with the new iPhone4G antenna again raise questions about interface design for small devices. This article briefly recaps some of the problems posed by phones and similar devices and points to some potential alternative interface solutions.
Greystripe Transcodes ActionScript Bytecode to HTML 5, making Flash Ads Available on the iPhone/iPad
Greystripe has announced that they are collaborating with Adobe to provide rich media, interactive ad solutions across Android, iPhone, iPad and other mobile web platforms. Part of their offering will involve a technology that will convert Flash ads to HTML 5 that target mobile devices like the iPhone, where the Flash plugin is not available.
While attending the Berlin Buzzwords NoSql conference, Jan Lehnardt (@janl) one of conference organizers and co-author of CouchDB: The Definitive Guide (a free O'Reilly book). presented a talk titled: "Making Software for Humans - CouchDB and The Usable Peer-to-Peer Web".
There is a report saying that Apple has changed the iPhone Developer License to prohibit applications written in other languages than Objective-C, C or C++ or accessing the API “through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool”. Reactions abound and this change is likely to have rippling effects across the industry.
Microsoft seems to be pushing Silverlight into a cross-platform web application framework for mobile devices. Silverlight is already available for Windows Phone 7 and Symbian^1, and it seems it is being also ported to Android and iPhone.
Rhomobile has released Rhodes 1.5, the Ruby based, cross-platform, smartphone app-framework Rhodes. InfoQ asked Rhomobile CEO Adam Blum whether we still need native apps when we have HTML 5?
In order to simplify iPhone development using MonoTouch, Miguel de Icaza has developed two new abstraction layers over UITableView. These abstraction layers give developers the option to use a declarative syntax based on attributes or an imperative model based on nested controls.
The Symbian Foundation announced their intention to open source the Symbian platform almost 20 months ago. While some consider this as an important move for the most deployed platform in mobile devices, others think that it is too late.
Within 24 hours of the announcement of the new iPad tablet from Apple, the MonoTouch team has released MonoTouch 1.9 (alpha), which is focused on helping developers to write .NET application for the iPad.
The first beta of MacRuby 0.5 is available, complete with a new VM, JIT and AOT - and without the GIL. InfoQ talked to the MacRuby core team about the state of MacRuby and whether there'll be a way to write Ruby apps for the iPhone using MacRuby.
MonoTouch is a port of the Mono runtime along with an adapter layer so .NET developers can use the native iPhone GUI toolkit. MonoTouch is unique in the Mono ecosystem because it is the first commercial Mono product from Novell. As expected, there was some community backlash.