Chromebooks now run Android apps without porting

Android is everywhere; whether it's your phone, your tablet, your console, or even your fridge. Where it hasn't been, at least without third-party software such as BlueStacks, is your PC. Back in June, Google promised it would be bringing support (finally!) for Android apps on Chromebooks.

On Thursday, the web giant made good on its promise and launched the first set of these apps for Chrome OS. These initial apps included; Duolingo, Evernote, children's reading app Sight...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Code, Developers, Platforms, Testing.

Coding in schools: Is it a good idea with poor execution?

Earlier this week, as the new school year began in the UK, pupils were adjusting to the changed curriculum, with much of the headlines centring on the addition of simple coding into the lesson plans, for children as young as five.

The plans drew criticism from teachers and teachers’ leaders, with Jill Stokoe, of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, citing teachers’ claims they hadn’t had enough information before the start of the new school year.

Yet the plans have gotten approval from...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code.

The 6 most popular mobile development tools

As the app market matures, developers need to begin thinking about porting their apps across multiple platforms to increase their audience size as much as possible. But, developing an app for each different mobile platform is insanely time consuming and requires knowledge of a wide variety of different programming languages. Luckily, cross-platform development tools have emerged to help developers carry some of the burden. Check out 6 of the most popular cross-platform tools:

By StartApp, 01 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Code, Developers.

One Calendar API to rule them, one API to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them

If you’re building an application with calendar integration, it can be a difficult process to support all of them due to their various authentication methods and data models. One Calendar is an API which aims to simplify this by simplifying integration with commonly-used calendars such as Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange.

The API was birthed out of CEO Adam Bird's frustration with being unable to easily interact with the myriad of existing calendar APIs which are...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Code, Developers.

Why productivity vs control in app development is a simple matter of proportionate force

Picture the scene: you find yourself in a bar or pub, having a drink with some friends. Suddenly, a man you don’t know comes up to you and begins aggressively shouting and shoving you, spilling your drink in the process. It’s clear that you need to address the issue…but how?

Hurriedly, you form two options in your head. Do you a) ask the man to leave you alone, and, only if he persists in acting as the aggressor, call the police? Or do you choose option b) and arrange for a group of Navy SEALS to...

By Gary Calcott, 14 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Design, Developers.

As more students want to get into coding, what do they need to know?

Feature Earlier this week, survey results from social learning platform FutureLearn revealed that more 18 year olds in the UK want to get into coding and software development as opposed to more traditional professions, such as medicine or law.

23% of A-level students polled said they wanted to be developers, compared with 22% wanting to move into the medical profession, and 16% hoping for a career in law and marketing...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Code, Developers.

The HTML5 journey: A basic tutorial to HTML5

I’ve always liked web development (from a gaming perspective), but not to the same extent as I have good old solid native development with C++. The main reason being “JavaScript”.

To be honest, I did JavaScript years and years ago and it terrified me, I couldn’t get used to not having pointers and variables that have a set type amongst other things. The main problem however for me has always been speed, if I want to make a game I want to provide a good interactive experience without...

By Mat Hopwood, 30 July 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, HTML5.

Built.io builds an app-building relationship with AppGyver

AppGyver was founded in 2011 to allow rapid mobile application development. It started with ‘Prototyper’ for app prototyping, and ‘Steroids’ for the development of native-quality HTML5 applications. Back in May, the company added ‘Composer’ which is an incredibly easy visual tool for cheating your way to high-performance apps via a drag-and-drop process.

Built.io on the other hand is a powerful BaaS product from Raw...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Cloud, Code, Platforms.

[Interview] Facebook’s Director of Partnerships talks Parse and acquisitions

Last Thursday was the anniversary of Facebook’s acquisition of Parse – a much-loved platform to develop apps across devices. DeveloperTech caught up with Julien Codorniou, Director of Partnerships at Facebook, to see how their relationship is going.

In the interview we are treated to the first numbers in which we can help gauge how successful the high-profile buy has been. As well as what the acquisition process is like from a company which consistently makes headline-worthy...

By Ryan Daws, 28 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, Facebook, Platforms.

Facebook’s new “PHP+” language is called ‘hack’

Back in the early days of the social-networking giant known as Facebook, it was coded in PHP by Mark Zuckerberg and his (then) small team. Of course as the website grew into the unstoppable force it is today, PHP became difficult to manage…

Facebook's open-source language, Hack, was born out of a necessity – and combines elements of static-type programming languages such as C or C++ with dynamic-type languages like PHP.

Most of PHP is already usable in Hack but requires...

By Ryan Daws, 24 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Code, Developers, Facebook, Testing.