App developers seek to improve outdated education practices

5app was very excited to be asked to take part in a two day Hackathon in London last month, based around the idea of using apps to facilitate education. We sent our CTO Tim King along to do the honours and report back on some of the outstanding work he’d seen.

The recent decision by UK Education Secretary Michael Gove to axe the outdated ICT syllabus in schools has been welcomed by industry experts crying out for a change in the way technology is taught in the classroom.

Off the back of this...

By 5app, 05 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

LongTail: What is the state of HTML5 video?

State of HTML5 video looks healthy for now, but how does LongTail Video's results compare with other tests?

LongTail Video, the creators of the JW Player, has updated its State of HTML5 Video report, which shows a healthy uptake for HTML5 video on browsers although isn’t at completion yet.

According to the research, nearly four in five browser and device manufacturers (79%) can play HTML5 video – in other...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Web Platform Docs aims to give devs info in one place

The W3C’s Web Platform Docs, a site aiming to be the first port of call for web development materials, has launched with support from Silicon Valley’s finest and huge browsers alike.

The site describes itself on its homepage as “an open community of developers building resources for a better web, regardless of brand, browser or platform”, and it’s a message that all the major players can get behind.

When you’ve got the likes of Google,...

By James Bourne, 09 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Industry, Languages.

Appsters Awards 2012: Great night for UK developers

DeveloperTech took part in the first ever Appsters Awards in London this week, with a glitzy central London venue and 12 industry awards handed out in front of a crowd that constituted the who’s who of the apps industry.

With a shortlist of over 70 nominees, Awards were handed out across 12 categories, including Best Consumer App [London 2012], Best Entertainment App [BBC Olympics app], Best Use of Geo-Location [Tube Map] and App Developer 2012 [Mubaloo].

We were involved in the panel of expert industry...

By Matt Henkes, 05 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

Why augmented reality (AR) app development is about to explode

By Raghav Sood, author of Pro Android Augmented Reality and owner of Appaholics, an Android app development company.

If you’re a smart phone app developer who’s been trying to create an augmented reality (AR) app, there’s a good chance your countless attempts have failed. Today’s smart phone technology is simply not at the level to allow for complex AR programming.

The good news is it’s time to pull your AR app concepts off the back burner. Within the next six months to a year, smart phones’...

By Apress, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, VR.

Amazon introduces Python integration to its AWS Beanstalk

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Beanstalk can now run Python apps, an Amazon blog post has confirmed.

“It’s a good day to be a Python developer”, the Amazon blog opines.

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk – which was created in order for greater convenience in deploying and managing applications in AWS – already supported PHP, Java, and .NET, but the decision to go quadrilingual will undoubtedly please Python devs.

The move to Python will also help integrate support for Django and Flask applications, with...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Industry, Java.

Deutsche Telekom wants your M2M app dev skills

Deutsche Telekom has launched a new developer portal for devs specialising in M2M communication, ‘the internet of things’.

The new community, part of the company’s existing Developer Garden initiative, offers a number of useful tools, APIs and SDKs, which it says will ‘quickly and easily’ allow developers to build and sell M2M applications.

Enmeshing everyday systems and appliances into the internet of things is seen as a natural...

By Matt Henkes, 08 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Enterprise, Industry.

Facebook “doubles down” on its daily code updates

You thought Facebook was quick enough in the frequency of its pushes? Well, now double it.

The social media giant, famous for its punishing daily push schedule for its developers, is now determined to update its code twice a day.

“I’m really looking forward to this change as it takes our already incredibly aggressive release process and doubles down on it”, said Facebook release engineer Chuck Rossi, adding: “It’s exciting and I think it crushes what anyone else of our size and...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Facebook, Industry, Languages.

W3C tells their side of the story: the future of HTML5

Following the supposed ‘split’ between the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) over their visions for HTML5, the W3C has made strides in reinforcing their canonical specification.

The W3C has appointed four editors for their spec, aiding the consortium in their quest to develop a stable standard for HTML5 by 2014.

The editors in question cover a wide range of the spectrum:

  • Travis Leithead and Erika Doyle Navara from Microsoft;
  • Ted O’Connor, an Apple employee;
  • Silvia Pfeiffer,...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Industry.

WHATWG and W3C split over HTML5 spec: worrying for devs?

The two primary organisations focusing on the development of HTML5, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG), have gone their separate ways and decided to officially pursue the open web standard in different methods.

The WHATWG is working on the evolving “living standard” for HTML5, while the W3C continues to work at recreating static “snapshots” of the standard.

The organisations announced their partnership

By James Bourne, 23 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: HTML5, Industry.