How to build the perfect development team

It is easy to feel comfortable around people just like you. With the same experience and culture, same mind set. But having a successful developer team is not about being comfortable, it’s about new ideas, being dynamic and being the best.

Assembling a team of coders for a start-up is one of the biggest challenges a new CTO will face. No matter how great the idea, it’s the people in your team who will make the idea become a profitable reality as you work together to try to beat the clock, working...

By Paul H Müller, 08 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages.

Why the Japanese app market is a tough nut to crack #AppsWorld

The US dropped to second place in terms of app revenue generation last year for the first time ever, supplanted by the new dominant player whose smartphone market is beginning to snowball, Japan.

Mobile app intelligence and metrics tracking specialist App Annie has released a detailed breakdown of the complex Japanese market, shedding some light on how difficult a nut it is for western developers to crack.  

Smartphone uptake among the Islands’ population progressed at a leisurely...

By Matt Henkes, 29 January 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Homage to early app developers, the 1974 pizza app

Ok so it didn’t work great, but it was 40 years ago! Remember, your phone is more powerful than this thing! God bless them for trying and god bless the guy who took the order. He accepted the technology right away! I also love how she says, ”soon we will all use computers to communicate”.

Who knew Dominos Pizza was that old and would still have crap pizza 50 years later!

By Jeff Williams, 24 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

Mobile trends 2013: Aligning budget with consumer attention

As we zoom towards 2013, we thought we’d ask mobile experts the world over what surprised them about the past year, what they expected in the coming year and what they think needs a bit more attention. Today’s interview is with Alex Romanov, CEO of iSIGN Media.

What surprised you about the mobile advertising industry in the past year?

The most surprising thing about the mobile advertising industry in 2012 may be what a small percentage of total interactive marketing budgets are devoted to mobile advertising spend. A...

By InMobi, 28 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

Mobile trends for 2013: Freemium is here to stay (NFC is on the way)

As we zoom towards 2013, we thought we’d ask mobile experts the world over what surprised them about the past year, what they expected in the coming year and what they think needs a bit more attention. Today’s interview is with Abhinav Gupta founder of app studio Game Scorpion:

What surprised you about 2012?

The speed of new mobile marketing and advertising methods that were being created. In a short period of time, we saw  many brand new services start up to accommodate the app development...

By InMobi, 14 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, NFC.

Web or native app: Which one should you choose as a developer?

Native apps: Platform specific

Native apps are developed for a specific mobile platform and are either directly installed on a mobile device (smartphones or tablets) or are downloaded and installed by users from online app stores such as the App Store (for iOS apps) or Google Play (for Android apps) or App World (for BlackBerry apps).

These apps run on the operating system of various mobile devices, and are written using the programming language and frameworks (specific to a mobile OS); they can also store...

By Albert Vang, 06 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

Do you even know what designers do?

Recently I ran into a firm that had no idea what designers do. Yes, they did call themselves designers. Yes, they were offshore hucksters. They did not know the difference between a designer and a front end developer, let alone a PSD technician or website designer.  It got me thinking that the only way these people can get away with not knowing their own business is if the market was rich with folks who might be confused on what a website designer does.

I shudder to think about all those folks hiring website designers and they just...

By Jeff Williams, 27 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Industry.

Twilio: How to make friends and influence developers

Cloud telecoms communication pioneers Twilio aren’t just bringing their messaging and voice APIs to Europe, they’re bringing their personable, evangelist-based community engagement approach too.

If you follow what goes on in Silicon Valley, you’ll be aware of Twilio. A US start-up that's made waves across the telecoms and cloud communications space providing cloud APIs for developers and businesses to integrate SMS, VoIP and voice calls into mobile, web and desktop...

By Matt Henkes, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Hacking, Industry, Marketing.

What's next for the evolution of Agile?

I’ve recently bumped into an interesting Agile related discussion in one of my LinkedIn Groups and thought it was worthwhile to summarise some of its most thought-provoking ideas and conclusions.  So, one of the Agile group members simply asked the following questions: “Is Agile another hype cycle? What is next after Agile?” and this eventually resulted in more than 50 comments from active Agile practitioners and PMs, Scrum Masters and Coaches, Program Managers and corporate IT heads.

Answering the first question whether Agile is another hype cycle, many experts agreed that many of...

By Ciklum, 23 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Testing.

Mike Lee: The most important minute of your life [VIDEO]

After almost a year of touch work on his non-profit developer ecosystem project Appsterdam, World’s Toughest Programmer Mike Lee paid Apps World a visit in October to deliver a rousing motivational presentation.

Never one to shirk the opportunity to get his point across, Lee delivered one of the most engaging presentations of the conference, touching on the work he’s put in to getting Appsterdam off the ground and dealing out a heap of unflinching advice on how to approach...

By Matt Henkes, 22 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.