I like the Windows Phone OS and use one day to day. However it has become impossible to do my job in technical journalism without either an Apple iOS or Android device alongside it. The reason is that I review gadgets and find increasingly that they come with app support – but only for iOS
…continue reading Not just Instagram: the Windows Phone (and BlackBerry, Firefox OS) app problem
Delphi developers should note changes in the Delphi language coming as a result of the move towards the LLVM compiler for mobile support. Embarcadero has released a paper describing these in detail. The just-released RAD Studio XE4 includes the ARM compiler for iOS, with an Android compiler to follow later this year.
It seems to
…continue reading Changes in the Delphi language for ARM and mobile support
Following my piece on different approaches to building the user interface in cross-platform frameworks, twitter user Sam Hogarth pointed me to the PropertyCross project. This implements a non-trivial application in 8 different cross-platform tools, covering Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Note that only four of the frameworks support Windows Phone.
Using the pie charts presented
…continue reading Cross-platform frameworks ordered by percentage of shared code
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
Xamarin has released Xamarin Mac which adds Mac support to the existing iOS and Android compilers from the company:
MonoTouch: apps for iPhone and iPad using the MonoDevelop IDE on the Mac Mono for Android: apps for Android using either Visual Studio or MonoDevelop Xamarin.Mac: apps for Mac OS X using MonoDevelop on the Mac
…continue reading Xamarin brings C# to development of apps for the Mac App Store
Last week Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke at a “Fireside Chat” with AWS (Amazon Web Services) chief Werner Vogels. It was an excellent and inspirational performance from Bezos.
If there was a common theme, it was his belief in the merit of low margins, which of necessity keep a business efficient. Low margins
…continue reading The disruption of pay as you go hardware – and I do not mean leasing
If that name sounds familiar,
…continue reading Telerik Icenium: new desktop and cloud IDE for mobile development
Many iOS apps which rely on web storage APIs for persistent data have been broken by the recent upgrade to iOS 5.1. The issue affects apps built with PhoneGap or others which use WebKit APIs to store data. The affect for users is that they lose all their data after the upgrade. For example, it
…continue reading Apple breaks web storage in iOS 5.1, does not care about web apps?
Want to know why Apple is suing Samsung over Android, or why Microsoft is re-imagining Windows as a touch-friendly mobile OS? Look no further than Gartner’s latest report on European and worldwide sales in the third quarter of 2011.
First, this release shows PC sales in Western Europe, not helped by HP’s dithering over what
…continue reading PCs down, Android up: astonishing figures from Gartner show shift to mobile
I have been trying out JetBrains’ AppCode which meant working in an Apple development environment for a time. I took the opportunity to implement my simple calculator app in iOS native code.
Objective C is a distinctive language with a mixed reputation, but I enjoy coding with it. I used Automatic Reference Counting (ARC),
…continue reading Quick thoughts on Xcode and Objective C versus Microsoft’s tools