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Distilling the Distillation of Vision Mobile’s Market Sense

by Martin Monroe on  Jun 11, 2013

Vision Mobile is a UK think tank whose periodic reports are geared to assist mobile developers and other players in the vast mobile ecosystem in making sense of the cacophony of mobile trends. Their reports provide informed guidance that can help devs make the best decision about where to concentrate their marketing efforts.

Facebook's React JavaScript User Interfaces Library Receives Mixed Reviews

by Zef Hemel on  Jun 03, 2013 2

Facebook has open sourced React, its JavaScript library for building reactive user interfaces, used to build the Instagram website as well as portions of the Facebook website. Following the recent trend of frameworks like AngularJS, MeteorJS and Model-Driven Views as implemented in Polymer, React is based on the idea of declaratively specifying user interfaces on top of a data model.

Facebook Buck and xctool: Open Source Build Tools for Android and iOS

by Abel Avram on  May 18, 2013

This article contains details on the recently open sourced Buck and xctool, the build tools used internally by Facebook for their native Android and iOS applications.

The Gospel of MBaaS- According to Anypresence Co-Founder (Part 2 of 2)

by Martin Monroe on  May 15, 2013 1

Part 2 of Infoq’s exclusive virtual interview with Anypresence cofounder Richard Mendis. The CMO weighs in on Facebook’s acquisition of competitor Parse and provides intel on the pricing structure of Anypresence.

Facebook Releases PhoneGap Plugin and SDK for .NET

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 23, 2013

The recently released PhoneGap Facebook Plugin enables developers to enable Facebook single sign-on into their PhoneGap based Android and iOS apps. Facebook also released SDK for .NET which enables developers to integrate Facebook into their Windows Phone and Windows 8 applications.

Google+ Sign-In: Federated Identity, Authorization and Semantic Activity Streams

by Saul Caganoff on  Apr 04, 2013

Google+ Sign-In extends the Google+ social network into third-party websites, desktop applications and mobile apps. This service, announced on February 26th, provides features for authentication, authorization and activity sharing. There is also support for user engagement, hangouts and automatic Android app downloads.

Fastbook: Sencha Wants to Prove HTML5 Is “Ready”

by Abel Avram on  Dec 18, 2012 6

Sencha has created Fastbook, an HTML5 application closely mocking Facebook’s native application and displaying similar performance both on iOS and Android in an attempt to demonstrate that “HTML5 is ready.”

Facebook Now Uses HHVM/JIT both in Development and Production

by Abel Avram on  Nov 30, 2012

Facebook has announced using HHVM, a HipHop VM with JIT compilation, in production, a solution that has unified their development and deployment environments, providing significant performance gains for developers.

Corona Improves Hadoop Scalability At Facebook

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Nov 15, 2012

Facebook has open sourced Corona, an in-house developed improvement to Hadoop MapReduce scheduling software.

Upcoming Features In ASP.NET

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Nov 08, 2012

Microsoft has been working on some interesting features after shipping ASP.NET 4.5. Some of these are available in the Fall 2012 Build preview. Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway demoed a few of them, at a //build/ session "Bleeding Edge ASP.NET".

Facebook: “Betting on HTML5 Was a Mistake” – Technical Reasons and Reactions

by Abel Avram on  Sep 17, 2012 5

Facebook has decided to go native for mobile content instead of doing HTML5 as it was the plan for a couple of years. This article contains technical details behind FB’s move, and reactions from Xamarin and Mozilla.

Trying to Answer the Question: Why Some Languages Succeed While Others Fail?

by Abel Avram on  Jun 23, 2012 2

Two researchers at UC Berkeley have investigated programming languages adoption from a sociological perspective. This article summarizes their research and includes an interview with the authors.

World IPv6 Day

by Alex Blewitt on  Jun 06, 2012

Today is World IPv6 day, when large organisations will enable IPv6 resolution of their hosts will be enabled permanently. This follows on from last year's successful tests when IPv6 connectivity was enabled for a day.

Effective Scala - Best Practices from Twitter

by Bienvenido David on  Feb 15, 2012 5

Twitter has open sourced its Effective Scala guide. The document is on GitHub and is licensed under CC-BY 3.0. Scala is one of the primary programming languages used at Twitter, and most of the Twitter infrastructure is written in Scala. The Effective Scala guide is a series of short essays, a set of "best practices" learned from using Scala inside Twitter.

Online Social Networks Face Litigation Risks

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Feb 06, 2012 11

Google, Facebook and other companies operating totally 21 Social Networking websites are facing criminal proceedings in an Indian Court, over objectionable content accessible through the websites. A High Court has warned that the sites can face a ban in India unless they screen content. Is the growing flux of regulations surrounding social media a risk for businesses investing in social?

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