The love triangle which every developer should know

For all of us who have to do projects for others - either customers or even internal projects for your company - it's very important to realise the feasibility or non-feasibility of a project as early in the development process as you can.

This can go a long way in making sure that you are not going to put in time and effort in something which is going to end in failure anyway.

There are few things more demoralising than working hard on an application for weeks and then finding out that it wasn't appreciated...

By Amit Sengupta, 06 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Careers, Development Tools, Industry.

Bye bye Boot to Gecko, here comes Firefox OS

Mozilla has announced that their long awaited operating system, now called Firefox OS, will be rolled out in early 2013 and will fully utilise HTML5 as the standard.

For those asking “great, but what’s happening with Boot to Gecko?” the new OS with the distinctly less sexy name is simply a rebranding of the Boot to Gecko project, with no clear difference in features.

In terms of fully utilising the open Web standard, this will include everything being an HTML5 application, including games,...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry.

RIM RIP? BlackBerry 10 delayed until next year

It’s a prevalent trend to indulge in a spot of RIM-bashing, but the Canadian mobile giants have posted a disastrous set of quarterly results which prompt fresh fears over the company’s future.

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins admitted that the BlackBerry 10 operating system was being further delayed until the beginning of next year because of unforeseen problems integrating the OS’s features.

Heins stated that he had no intention of releasing a below-par product on his watch.

This comes alongside the...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Devices, Industry.

PhoneGap follow-through — the URL vs. mobile app download debate

A few months back (shoot, it was actually last year!) I talked about PhoneGap and how it is stepping in as a good solution for cross-platform HTML5 frustration. Since then, I get asked a couple of times a week about PhoneGap, its industry perception, and effectiveness.

I have to report that PhoneGap is still very much the 900-pound gorilla of enterprise mobile app dev, providing a smart option for developers...

By Jim Casey, 08 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, HTML5, Industry.

App developer the best job in IT, says report

A report from US-based has revealed that mobile app development would be the best computing career you can have.

The report, entitled “Best Computer Jobs for the Future”, collated and ranked the top ten jobs in the computing industry from 2013 to 2020, with mobile app developer “easily” claiming the top spot.

Among the reasons app developers have the best job around were much higher growth prospects, an average...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Development Tools, Industry.

Innovative smartphone and tablet patents from Microsoft


New technology patents from Microsoft might take Apple's iPad dominance and iPhone smartphone dominance out of the game. Apple has long been one of the favourite manufacturers of Mobile phones and tablets (especially with the new iPad 3 (HD) rapidly flying off Smartphone retailers shelves.However iOS powered products whilst still being brilliant in recent years have tended to be evolutions of good ideas and not revolutions. News of dual display Smartphones and tablet patents applied for by  Microsoft may be the...

By Duwain Marnitz, 24 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry.

Is the Mobile Patent War Finally Coming to an End?

In the fast-growing market of smartphone and tablet software development, big companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Motorola and Samsung have been rushing to patent software that they have not yet developed. When another company comes along with that software, legal action is taken to stop them selling their products.

Last year we wrote about the law suit over patents by Motorola where they stopped imports of iPhones and iPads by Apple to Germany.

The saga’s been back in the

By Silicon Beach Training, 24 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Industry, Samsung.

Instagram / Facebook: Is this the beginning of the end for web?

Facebook’s purchase of Instagram has given us a unique insight into where the Social Media giant sees the future of its industry, and the price it has paid tells us that it is not on the web. Is this the beginning of the end?

Much has already been written about the amazing amount Facebook is paying for Instagram. As a single app company with minimal monetization, $1 billion may seem extreme, especially given that the company had valued itself at about $500m. I am not, however, going to focus on the...

By Dale Carr, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Facebook, Industry, Platforms.

Have you joined the Application Developers Alliance?

The Application Developers Alliance (ADA) has announced a raft of new high profile board members, with individuals representing Google, RIM, AT&T and many others.

The ADA’s stated aim is to deliver services to developers and drive innovation and growth within the development industry. Founder and president John  Potter, formerly of the Digital Media Association, has promised services like online collaboration, training deals and cloud services.

Serious stuff like lobbying governments over issues like data...

By Matt Henkes, 02 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.