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, 2 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, HTML5.

WordPress being used by more and more SMEs for CMS: Are devs missing out?

New research from 34SP.com has found that more than half of UK small businesses are using WordPress as a content management system (CMS) thereby “finally blowing away its image as just a blogging platform”, according to a deck prepared by the domain provider.

The vast majority of companies who said they used the open source platform for their CMS were organisations of fewer than 50 employees. Perhaps not surprisingly, the most popular reason for companies using WordPress was its ease of use, and...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platforms.

Feature-centric approach: The new rule for mobile app development

Usual approach of organizations that backfires

A general practice in app development is that organizations deploy a team for each platform. The resultant products are likely to get duplicated as the development process always progress in parallel. Instead of being use case and feature specific, the apps will be delivering the same features and only the platform will differ.

If an app is prepared in a single platform, and it fails, it is going to affect an organization a little bit. But if the same app is...

By Contus Technology at IT's Best, 07 July 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Developers, Platforms, Testing.

Visual Studio is preparing to be your complete cross-platform IDE with new Unity support

Microsoft's popular IDE, Visual Studio, is being set-up to be the one-stop-shop for cross-platform development with a new prowess for game development. The new abilities will arrive via Microsoft's purchase of UnityVS developers, SyntaxTree, for an undisclosed price.

On their blog, SyntaxTree wrote: "It's an exciting day at SyntaxTree. We are very proud to announce that, as of today, SyntaxTree - including the team that...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Developers, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Android is now Wear(ing) Play Services 5.0

Play Services, the clever package of APIs for Android, has been updated to give devs extra Google-y powers even on older devices. At I/O, Google announced a torrent of new features to core apps as well as a new platform - Android Wear.

The Android wearables API allows developers to communicate with their apps running on Android Wear devices with a persistent and automatically...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Developers, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

Google I/O 2014: Grab a Lollipop, check your Wear, and prepare your TV

Google VP, Sundar Pichai, confirmed yesterday we’ll see the next version of Android today – a break from the tradition of releasing later in the year alongside new hardware. In an in-depth profile piece on Bloomberg, Pichai said: "I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner.”

Releasing a preview this early before a general release later this year adds credence to a complete

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Developers, Industry, Platforms.

Kii discusses solving the Cloud, IoT, and China localisation

DeveloperTech (DT) caught up with Phani Pandrangi (PP) who is the Chief Product Officer at Kii, a carrier-grade Cloud-orientated mobile app development platform, to discuss some of the industry’s biggest topics such as how the company is easing the transitional period we are seeing to the Cloud, as well as how to take advantage of the mighty market of China.

DT: The Cloud is undoubtedly the biggest topic for developers at the moment. How is Kii helping it to be utilised to its full potential?

PP:...

By Ryan Daws, 24 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Cloud, Developers, Platforms.

Learning with Microsoft's Azure Machine

Our machines aren't quite as self-aware as Skynet yet, despite Elon Musk's fears, but that doesn't mean they aren't learning. Behind many modern systems is some amount of machine-learning; Google, for example, uses it to build their vast "knowledge graph" to link data sets to one another and create an engine which can find almost any answer available on the internet (and can you think of much that isn't?)

Microsoft also uses it for...

By Ryan Daws, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Developers, Enterprise, Platforms.

How will Swift affect the iOS developer community?

If you haven’t heard, Apple unveiled a brand new programming language exclusively for Apple developers this week at WWDC. The new language is called Swift and is designed to streamline the development of iOS and Mac OS apps. While any Apple-backed programming language is an exciting prospect, Swift definitely has the potential to shake up the Apple app ecosystem in ways that are both good and bad for the developer community.

The Good:

Swift is meant to be a...

By StartApp, 16 June 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Developers, Platforms.

DirectX 12, Metal, Mantle... Low-level gaming API market is getting a bit Mental!

2014 is quickly becoming the year of the low-level gaming APIs. Performance is able to be boosted in ways you could convince yourself you were experiencing new, more powerful hardware through getting closer to the "metal" of the GPU when developing the latest titles.

The first to make the headlines in recent years was AMD's 'Mantle' which allows for deep-access to the company's range of GPUs. Games were patched with support for its APIs including DICE's...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple iOS, Developers, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.