A guide on how to choose a database for your mobile apps

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To require an internet connection for mobile applications is to live in the past. If apps rely on a connection, odds are high that the experience will be sluggish and unpredictable.

To avoid reliance on the network, providers of databases and cloud services have started to add synchronization and offline capabilities to their mobile offerings. Solutions like Couchbase’s Couchbase Mobile, Microsoft’s Azure Mobile Services, Amazon’s Cognito, and Google’s Firebase...

By Wayne Carter, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools.

More developers working across mobile, IoT and cloud, argues VisionMobile

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A new study from analyst house VisionMobile has looked into the global developer landscape – and found Java to be the most popular language while devs are increasingly working across multiple sectors, including mobile, IoT, and cloud.

The latter makes sense – as tools and languages work across sectors, the developers using them do as well – yet the research, which polls more than 30,000 developers each year, found some other interesting findings.

The figures, which are...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Ecosystem, IoT, Mobile.

Amazon launches Dash-based programmable IoT button – sells out within a day

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AWS (Amazon Web Services) is popular, the IoT is hot, and when you combine the two in a product for developers it sells out within a day. 

Based on the single button 'Dash' hardware by Amazon – which has been used in the past to order items with a button press – the AWS IoT version is a "Limited Release Programmable Dash Button" for developers to get started with AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, Amazon...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Cloud, Devices, Hacking, IoT.

Park in IBM's Bluemix Garage to develop killer cloud apps

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IBM has a range of 'Bluemix Garages' which offer a physical space for multi-disciplinary teams, including developers, product managers and designers, to collaborate with IBM experts. A new Bluemix Garage has opened in Nice, Paris to provide European developers with a place to ensure their IBM cloud-based software is the best it...

By Ryan Daws, 22 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Platforms.

DevOps: Bridging the gap between business and development

Day by day, companies are becoming more reliant on applications to help them remain competitive and break into new markets. In line with this growing dependency comes an equally growing number of trends that influence the way an application is designed. This can be anything from changing business needs to market trends, themes, user stories, and more.  

There are two very clear communities when it comes to app development. Firstly, there are the business stakeholders, who define the product...

By Renato Quedas, 29 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Enterprise.

Translate your Bluemix app with IBM's Globalization Pipeline

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If you've built your app on IBM's Bluemix, then we have good news this morning. Bluemix developers can now deploy their cloud apps in new markets - without the need for a translator - all thanks to a new cloud-based service from IBM called Globalization Pipeline. 

IBM's clever translation service can automate translation between nine of the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, PaaS, Platforms.

IBM adds Node.js debugging into the (Blue)mix

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Last month, IBM upped its Node.js expertise through announcing the acquisition of StrongLoop and their API experts in the server-side JavaScript environment. IBM has now shown the initial fruits of this decision with the introduction of Node.js debugging capabilities in their Bluemix PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service). 

The new feature will make it easier for developers to debug their Node.js applications within a cloud environment using popular open source utilities like tty.js and...

By Ryan Daws, 13 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, PaaS, Platforms, Testing.

Salesforce debuts App Cloud development platform

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Most developers will be well-acquainted with Salesforce, the CRM behemoth, and in-particular its Salesforce1 cloud Platform-as-a-Service. The vendor has announced its enterprise-focused 'App Cloud' which brings some of its existing services – Force, Heroku Enterprise, and Lightning – into one neat package. 

Also in the mix is a new product called

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Mobile, Platforms.

Opinion: The Accidental App Developer

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Since the economic downturn, many IT budgets have remained flat while the need for new applications has risen dramatically. As a result, business users are seeking new ways to deliver apps. Cue the accidental app developer.

Accidental app developers don’t intend to create apps. Most have never even written a line of code and would never consider themselves developers. Yet, every...

By Quinton Wall, 28 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Cloud, Development Tools, Enterprise, Platforms.