Bad check-in is dead, long live the good check-in!

Version control (AKA version management, SCM, source code control system) is integral to any software development project, and at its heart is the check-in of code or other assets into the repository which records the current state of the files and preserves a record of their history. Good check-ins improve the version control process for reviewers, build and test engineers, as well as downstream programmers, and, arguably, they also help the product build process.

The problem is...

By Mark Warren, 21 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Developers.

Microsoft expands their horizon with Visual Studio and .NET

Visual Studio is one of the most powerful IDEs available, and the 2013 edition alone has seen over seven million downloads in just the last year. It’s a beloved tool in a Windows developer’s arsenal, and now Microsoft is opening it up to support the targeting of any platform with the “Visual Studio Community 2013” edition.

To assist developers with this goal, the .NET core stack is also being made open-source so that it can be run on Linux and...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Six of the 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 six of the most popular cross-platform tools...

By StartApp, 06 November 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Code, Developers, Testing.

Parse introduces A/B testing for Push notifications

Parse, the Facebook-owned mobile app platform, has added a new feature to their roster today called 'Push Experiments' which allows developers to test different versions of their push campaigns and use analytics to monitor users' engagement with them.

You could send one message today - and the other tomorrow - to see which performs better, but the problem with this approach is...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Developers, Testing.

HTML5 is ready for primetime, says W3C

Steve Jobs famously put his weight behind HTML5 as the successor to Flash, and declared war on the latter saying "we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open" in regards to Adobe's proprietary standard. Although support for HTML5 is available in most web browsers and operating systems, the standard itself had been considered incomplete - until today.

Now the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a recommendation of HTML5 which...

By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, HTML5, Industry.

Windows 10: Receive calls and allow devices to AllJoyn

A new build of the Windows 10 technical preview was pushed earlier today which contains fixes to issues in the previous version, and introduces new anticipated features such as an "unpolished" version of its notification center.

But it's perhaps what Microsoft hasn't announced as a feature yet which is most interesting. In a deep-dive of the API changes between this version (

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Dr Who helps kids into the future with coding game

Coding can be fun, but it's hard to persuade a child to put down their console and start learning a whole new language. Programming is becoming more and more vital in our society, and many jobs are being replaced by intelligent machines and applications built by the digital generation.

The coding begins as the player programs the Dalek back to health via a myriad of related puzzles and challenges.

The BBC has realised its importance, and is helping to get kids into coding through use of a game based on their flagship

By Ryan Daws, 20 October 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Developers, Industry.

Caffeine gives Android development a kick

(Image Credit: Zach Inglis)

Android, as well all know, is a mobile OS which now powers the biggest percentage of smartphones in the world. Part of its rapid-growth is due to Google's embrace of open-source software and technologies, allowing the web giant to remain on the cutting-edge of the latest innovations.

Percolate is a software company...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Code, Developers, Platforms, Testing.