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, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, Facebook, Testing.

How to sell appropriate instrumentation to your development team

By Jon Gifford, founder and chief search officer, Loggly

Developers pride themselves on writing code that’s solid and reliable – and passes QA with flying colours.

This is no surprise: Smart designs and great code are what tend to drive recognition—and rewards—within development teams and across the industry.

But in big, distributed systems like ours, a lot of factors are out of the control of developers.

By Jon Gifford, 19 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Developers.

Operator APIs - What developers think

Developers are key!

You may think you have the best API or service in the world. If no developer adopts it, you will not be on the market and you will not have end users to capture value from. Value does not necessarily have to be monetary value as I have discussed in my article Leveraging APIs as part of Digital Strategy. Developers are the crucial element in the API value chain. Without them this...

By Manfred Bortenschlager, 07 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Code, Developers, Testing.

The Past, Present, and Future of C#

A Brief History of C#

C# is a widely-used, mature, general-purpose programming language with millions of professional developers worldwide, but it was not always so.

In this article I’m going to take a brief chronological look at the past, present and future of the C# language...

The beginning: C# 1.0 (2002)

The first two sentences of the C# 1.0 specification are very clear about the design goals of the language:

C# is a simple, modern, object-oriented, and type-safe programming language. C# has its roots in the C...

By Eric Lippert, 30 January 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, Industry, Testing.

API operations and donuts

API operations really is about making sure that APIs are accessible and deliver according to developers’ expectations. As such it has two functions: internally the processes need to be streamlined and efficient to reduce cost; externally API operations need to be effective in meeting developers’ expectations. Or in the words of the authors of the “APIs — A Strategy...

By Manfred Bortenschlager, 23 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, Testing.

Interview - Matt Asay: “MongoDB is the perfect fit… NoSQL in general is a better fit”

MongoDB, the open-source NoSQL database, was recently named "Database Management System of the Year" by DB-Engines – with good reason. DeveloperTech (DT) spoke with Matt Asay (MA), VP of Business Development and Corporate Strategy, about why customers should choose Mongo…

DT: Can you give a bit of background to MongoDB and why organisations should choose it?

MA: One of the things which is most interesting about MongoDB is the product was formed before the company was, and it was formed out of a need...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, Industry, Platforms.

PixlCloud CEO Raffael Marty on the importance of security visualisation

Raffael Marty, the founder and CEO of PixlCloud, a next-generation data visualisation application for big data, is one of the most influential names in big data, analytics and visualisation.

Having been named in the top 200 thought leaders in big data and analytics by Analytics Week, Marty has also served as chief security strategist with Splunk and was a co-founder of Loggly, a cloud-based log management solution.

For more than 12 years Marty...

By InfoSec Institute, 02 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Design, Developers, Security.

How SASS can rescue front-end developers

In a nutshell: What is SASS? SASS is a CSS pre-processor which helps developers simplify complex stylesheet requirements. It's designed to cut out repetitive tasks, speed up your workflow and help organise your styles – read on for three quick tips explaining the do's and don'ts of using it in your projects... 1) Nest is best Problem You find yourself endlessly repeating parent selectors to target child elements. You're going against the DRY (do not repeat yourself) methodology. Solution Nesting is one of the most immediately obvious benefits of SASS. It enables you to organise your styles hierarchically and cut down on repetitive coding, using a familiar nesting pattern to group your selectors together. Beware It's easy to get carried away with nesting but as a general rule of thumb keep it within three levels. If...

By Kat Barstow, 19 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, Hacking.