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Developer Perception on Mobile Platforms Survey Results

by Abel Avram on  Jul 14, 2010 3

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.

Mobile Malware: New Threat Requires New Response

by Dave West on  Jul 06, 2010

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 Roundup: Rhodes 2.0 now MIT Licensed, JRuby on Android with Ruboto

by Werner Schuster on  Jul 04, 2010

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.

iPhone Antenna Problems Pose Alternative Interface Design Questions

by Dave West on  Jun 25, 2010 1

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

by Dio Synodinos on  Jun 10, 2010

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.

CouchDB as the Personal Database

by Michael Hunger on  Jun 08, 2010 5

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".

Reactions and Consequences of the iPhone Developer License Change

by Abel Avram on  Apr 12, 2010 9

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.

Silverlight for Mobile Platforms – the Current Status

by Abel Avram on  Mar 30, 2010 1

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.

Rhodes 1.5 Allows to use Ruby to Write Apps for Smartphones - and now the iPad

by Mirko Stocker on  Mar 29, 2010

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?

MonoTouch.Dialog Makes Creating Simple iPhone Dialogs Easier and Faster

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 24, 2010

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.

PhoneGap Brings Cross Platform Development Back to Mobile Platforms

by Werner Schuster on  Feb 22, 2010 1

PhoneGap allows to build cross platform mobile apps with HTML5 and Javascript; it has APIs for accessing camera, accelerometer, GPS, etc. The code is packaged into native apps which can be deployed via app stores. PhoneGap support includes iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Palm. InfoQ talked to one of the creators of PhoneGap, Brian LeRoux of Nitobi, about the current state of PhoneGap.

Is Symbian’s Open Sourcing Too Late?

by Abel Avram on  Feb 10, 2010 2

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.

MonoTouch Has Added Support for Apple’s iPad

by Abel Avram on  Jan 29, 2010

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.

MacRuby 0.5 Beta Brings JIT, AOT, GCD Support, Removes GIL

by Werner Schuster on  Oct 18, 2009

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.

Mono’s First Commercial Release: MonoTouch

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 17, 2009 7

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.

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