J2ObjC is an open source tool created by Google to translate Java code into corrresponding Objective-C code that can be run on iOS. The idea is to reuse Java business code between Android, web and iOS. For the web the translation is done with GWT. This tool does not deal with UI code which needs to be written separately for each platform.
In a recent post on the "swift-evolution" mailing list, Swift creator Chris Lattner outlined a few criteria that will guide Swift 3 definition and made clear that it will bring disruptive changes.
Kevin Lacker, Parse Co-founder, announced that the Facebook-owned DBaaS platform will wind down its operation to be fully retired at the end of January 2017. This announcement gave rise to many complaints from developers, yet Facebook is trying to make the transition easy and several alternatives are available.
San Francisco-based programmer Edgar Aroutiounian has recently created a package for OCamliOS, an OCaml cross-compiler for iOS recently made available by Jeffrey A. Scofield that should eventually be merged into the official OCaml compiler. InfoQ has spoken with Aroutiounian.
iOS 9 Day by Day is a free book by shinobicontrols’ Chris Grant that provides a review of iOS 9 for developers. The book comprises 13 short chapters that puts the key features of iOS 9 at work in the accompanying sample projects. InfoQ has spoken with Sam Burnstone, shinobicontrols' Technical Evangelist.
One of the primary design goals of Swift is to allow efficient execution of code while allowing load-time abstraction of implementation, according to a work-in-progress document by Apple. Apple’s document provides information that is relevant to library designers, including Swift’s Standard Libraries, to ensure both backward and forward compatibility.
Perfect makes it possible to use Apple’s Swift language to build enterprise-grade web applications, say Canadian startup PerfectlySoft Inc. With Apple having recently open-sourced Swift, Perfect promises to support cross-platform development across multiple platforms, including OS X, Linux, Windows, iOS, and Android. InfoQ has spoken with Sean Stephens, CEO at PerfectlySoft.
Apple provided new details about Swift 2.2 release process, its goals, and an estimated schedule. Swift 2.2 will be mostly a source-compatible release, while major, breaking changes will be left for Swift 3, Apple say.
Wia is a cloud platform that aims to provide developers with a scalable and powerful backend for their Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. According to Conall Laverty, founder and CEO at Wia, that will enable the creation of fully fledged, production ready solutions without worrying about server management, data replication, and storage. InfoQ has spoken with Laverty.
Facebook's Parse SDK includes now support for Apple’s tvOS and watchOS 2 will enable building native immersive apps for the Apple TV and the Apple Watch, Facebook’s engineer Nikita Lutsenko writes. Additionally, the new SDK also features integration with Facebook’s recently announced tvOS SDK to make onboarding easier.
Swift has overtaken Objective-C in the TIOBE index, an internet-sourced rating of programming languages based on a variety of different sources.
Flutter is a new open-source framework built by Google that aims to enable cross-platform development using a single Dart codebase on iOS and Android. It aims to provide high performance and 60fps, jitter-free experiences on both platforms.
Device fragmentation can be a serious hindrance to providing great mobile user experiences. A review of the most common issues faced by developers.
Facebook engineer Natansh Verma explained how they managed to reduce the launch time of the Facebook app for iOS and shave a few seconds off by streamlining their dependencies and using UDP priming.
Apple has open-sourced Swift under a permissive Apache license, following up from a promise made at WWDC 2015 that it would be available before the end of the year. The release includes information about Swift 3.0, a package manager, and a binary package for Linux systems. InfoQ looks into what it means and what effects it will have for future iOS and OSX development.