Appcelerator and IDC have released their latest mobile developer report, in which nearly 3,000 users of the cross-platform development tool Titanium report on their views and intentions.
These reports are always interesting but experience suggests that they are poor predictors. A year ago, the Q4 2011 report told us:
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire ignites developer
…continue reading Mobile: Windows Phone appeal growing, iOS and Android secure say Titanium developers
I am researching a piece on developing for Facebook with Microsoft Azure, and of course the first thing I did was to try it out.
…continue reading The frustration of developing for Facebook with C#
I am puzzled by Microsoft’s decision to close Live Spaces and send all its users to WordPress.com. Of course WordPress is a superior blogging platform; but Spaces made sense as an element within an integrated Live.com platform. According to Microsoft it has 7 million users and 30 million visitors; and if you accept that business
…continue reading Why is Microsoft giving away web traffic and abandoning users?
I’m not able to attend the whole of Oracle OpenWorld / JavaOne, but I have sneaked in to MySQL Sunday, which is a half-day pre-conference event. One of the questions that interests me: is MySQL in safe hands at Oracle, or will it be allowed to wither in order to safeguard Oracle’s closed-source database business?
…continue reading Oracle: a good home for MySQL?
Remember Microsoft Vine? It was a well-meaning but puzzling product intended to assist communication in emergencies, but with additional potential for social communication. To nobody’s surprise, Microsoft has emailed beta testers to inform that that the project is to be discontinued:
The decision to discontinue future development of Microsoft Vine was not easily made. Multiple
…continue reading Microsoft Vine formally withered
Spotify has announced a set of new features with the aim of “evolving into a total music management platform”, according to today’s blog post. There are two key features, available to both free and paying users.
The first is a link to Facebook, enabling you to see and share the playlists of your Facebook friends
…continue reading Spotify goes social with Facebook, supports local music library
Adobe’s Mike Chambers has posted about Apple’s new restriction on how applications are built for the iPhone or iPad. He says Adobe is ceasing development work on this feature:
We will still be shipping the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5. However, we are not currently planning any additional investments in
…continue reading Adobe no longer investing in Flash compiler for iPhone, sings Android praises