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Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript

By Patrick Mulder
July 16, 2014

Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite. In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript is developing one of the largest ecosystems for …

Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript

By Patrick Mulder
July 16, 2014

Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite. In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript is developing one of the largest ecosystems for …

Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript

By Patrick Mulder
July 16, 2014

Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite. In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript is developing one of the largest ecosystems for …

5 ways to improve battery life in your app

By Meghan Blanchette
April 18, 2014

Editor’s Note: Mobile HTML5 is a book by front-end engineer and frequent speaker Estelle Weyl. It is packed with hands-on examples to make you a stronger web developer–including best practices for SVG, Canvas, and CSS3 tailored to fit mobile devices. …

Four short links: 21 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 21, 2014

Mapping Twitter Topic Networks (Pew Internet) — Conversations on Twitter create networks with identifiable contours as people reply to and mention one another in their tweets. These conversational structures differ, depending on the subject and the people driving the conversation. …

Email: The Internet’s First and Last Killer App

By Elliotte Rusty Harold
December 17, 2013

I’m dating myself here, but I remember a time when AOL was obviously going to replace email (or at least that’s what the pundits and day traders told us). Standard Internet email was clearly too anarchic, uncontrolled, and uncommercial to …

WORA Can Be Better Than Native

By Shai Almog
November 26, 2013

Some would claim that native is the best approach, but that looks at existing WORA tools/communities, which mostly target cost saving. In fact, even native Android/iOS tools produce rather bad results without deep platform familiarity. Native is very difficult to …

Don’t Allow Behaviors. Encourage Them!

By Laura Klein
September 3, 2013

As a consultant, I’ve talked to a lot of startups who have “social” products. You could tell that the products were “social” because they had comment sections and sharing icons that let people post to Pinterest or Facebook. Of course, …

Keeping Apps in the Air With TestFlight

By James Turner
August 26, 2013

For most iOS developers, TestFlightApp has become the go-to tool when they want to distribute a development build to testers. For those not familiar with the site, you can register applications, and then upload IPA files signed with either a development …

How to Engage (and Delight) Your App Users

By Chiu-ki Chan
July 19, 2013

What makes a good app? Sure, it should do what it claims to do, intuitively and efficiently. But that is just the base line. How do you stand out from the sea of apps? You need to go above and …

Four short links: 12 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 12, 2013

How Well Does Name Analysis Work? (Pete Warden) — explanation of how those “turn a name into gender/ethnicity/etc” routines work, and how accurate they are. Age has the weakest correlation with names. There are actually some strong patterns by time …

Driving the Momentum of Modern Web App Development

By Jenn Webb
May 29, 2013

The rapid pace of improvements in browser technologies and the growith of HTML5 have presented many opportunities and challenges for web app developers. In the following interview, Ido Green, developer advocate for Google Chrome OS, reviews some characteristics of the …

Cultural capital goes commercial

By Julia Errens
May 2, 2013

It wasn’t one of my proudest moments when, a week before Christmas last year, I was hunched over my smartphone towards the back of the famous Hamley’s Toy Store on London’s Regent Street, composure tethered to an elusive bar of …

Go native, go big, and go deep

By Zigurd Mednieks
April 29, 2013

Apps have to get bigger and more ambitious. A key question for the developer community is how do you create big, integrated, multi-functional, configurable apps for the mobile enterprise? Curiously, Facebook is providing some answers by not using HTML5 and …

Building native apps from JavaScript using Titanium

By Andy Oram
April 18, 2013

In this interview, the author of Titanium: Up and Running describes how Titanium can be used to generate native mobile apps from JavaScript code. He distinguishes the Titanium platform from native API programming and from other popular JavaScript platforms for …

Four short links: 19 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 19, 2012

Wing Man — Mac app for source control management with git, implements workflow rather than simply being a wrapper for git commandlines. CodeKit — Mac app for web developers, automates (invisibly, thanks to watching filesystem changes) much of the web …

Where are the apps for ereaders?

By Joe Wikert
August 7, 2012

I read on my GlowLight NOOK much more frequently than I read on my Asus Transformer tablet. I’d say there’s at least a 10:1 differential, so for every hour I read on my tablet I read at least 10 hours …

Developing cross-platform mobile apps with C#

By Howard Wen
June 5, 2012

Web developer and author Greg Shackles reveals the advantages of using C# over C++ for writing mobile apps. He also explains why Android and iOS developers should give C# a serious look.

Four short links: 22 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 22, 2012

New Zealand Government Budget App -- when the NZ budget is announced, it'll go live on iOS and Android apps. Tablet users get details, mobile users get talking points and speeches. Half-political, but an interesting approach to reaching out to voters with political actions. Health Care Data Dump (Washington Post) -- 5B health insurance claims (attempted anonymized) to be...

Commerce Weekly: Mobile payments and the consumer experience

Commerce Weekly: Mobile payments and the consumer experience
By Jenn Webb
May 3, 2012

A real-world account of mobile payments, two new apps point to social as the next big thing for mobile commerce, and NFC finds a new role in the Nook. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Commerce Weekly: Mobile commerce is on the rise globally

Commerce Weekly: Mobile commerce is on the rise globally
By Jenn Webb
April 26, 2012

TNS Global's Mobile Life Survey results are out, the EU is investigating a mobile wallet project, and Boston rail commuters soon can pay fares with their smartphones. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Four short links: 25 January 2012

By Nat Torkington
January 25, 2012

Mobile Overtaking Web -- provocatively packaged extrapolations of ComScore and similar numbers to conclude that Americans spend more time interacting with mobile apps than with web sites. I'm sure you could beat an iPhone developer to death with the error bars. Best Privacy Policy Ever -- satiric privacy policy from a Firefox plugin. The Time for Libraries is Now...

Developer Week in Review: 2012 preview edition

Developer Week in Review: 2012 preview edition
By James Turner
January 5, 2012

It's a brand new year, time to look ahead to the stories that will have developers talking in 2012. Mobile will remain a hot topic, the cloud is absorbing everything, and jobs appear to be heading back to the U.S.

Six API predictions for 2012

By Anant Jhingran
December 19, 2011

Among the key API trends to watch in 2012: enterprise APIs will go mainstream, data-centric APIs will become common, and APIs will need to be optimized for mobile apps and developers.

Four short links: 28 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 28, 2011

Twine (Kickstarter) -- modular sensors with connectivity, programmable in If This Then That style. (via TechCrunch) Small Sample Sizes Lead to High Margins of Error -- a reminder that all the stats in the world won't help you when you don't have enough data to meaningfully analyse. Yahoo! Cocktails -- somehow I missed this announcement of a Javascript front-and-back-end...

What to watch for in mobile web apps

What to watch for in mobile web apps
By Jenn Webb
October 25, 2011

Sencha's James Pearce discusses the most promising mobile web app technologies and explains why device APIs could make the web a lot more interesting.

Four short links: 1 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 1, 2011

The Flashed Face Effect Video -- your brain is not perfect, and it reduces faces to key details. When they flash by in the periphery of your vision, you perceive them as gross and freakish. I like to start the week by reminding myself how fallible I am. Good preparation for the rest of the week... (via BERG London)...

Intellectual property gone mad

Intellectual property gone mad
By Mike Loukides
July 18, 2011

Patent trolling could undermine app ecosystems, but who can mount a legitimate challenge? Here's four potential solutions.

Four short links: 6 June 2011

By Nat Torkington
June 6, 2011

Turning Receipts into Paper Apps (BERG London) -- I love the idea of the modern web app sensibility bleeding back into the world, the same way classic offline design has informed online. Telehack -- an amazing interactive reconstruction of the early net, part nostalgia part game part simulation. Check out the README for more details. (via Andy Baio) Stencyl...

And the BAFTA goes to ... an app?

And the BAFTA goes to ... an app?
By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2011

"The Malcolm Tucker: The Missing Phone" application has been nominated for a TV British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award. Henry Volans, head of Faber Digital, discusses the app and why he thinks it's being honored with the nomination.

And the BAFTA goes to ... an app?

By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2011

"The Malcolm Tucker: The Missing Phone" application has been nominated for a TV British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award. Henry Volans, head of Faber Digital, discusses the app and why he thinks it's being honored with the nomination.

Putting conference distractions to good use

Putting conference distractions to good use
By Jenn Webb
May 17, 2011

A new app created by Tim Meaney, partner at Arc90, and Christopher Fahey, founding partner at Behavior Design, taps into and harnesses conference distraction. Here's how it works.

Four short links: 25 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 25, 2011

E-Referral Evaluation Interim Findings -- in general good, but note this: The outstanding system issues are an ongoing source of frustration and concern, including [...] automated data uptake from the GP [General Practitioner=family doctor] PMS [Patient Management System], that sometimes has clearly inaccurate or contradictory information. When you connect systems, you realize the limitations of the data in them....

Four short links: 22 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 22, 2011

Tuffy -- a GPL v3 licensed Markov Logic Network inference engine in Java and PostgreSQL that claims to be more scalable than previous tools. (via Hacker News) Behind news.me -- if you are curious to see what they are reading, if you want to see the world through their eyes, News.me is for you. Many people curate their Twitter...

Four short links: 18 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 18, 2011

Titles and Promotions (Ben Horowitz) -- Andreessen argues that people ask for many things from a company: salary, bonus, stock options, span of control, and titles. Of those, title is by far the cheapest, so it makes sense to give the highest titles possible. The hierarchy should have Presidents, Chiefs, and Senior Executive Vice Presidents. If it makes people...

Another attempt at fixing the address book problem

Another attempt at fixing the address book problem
By Jenn Webb
March 10, 2011

WhitePages is putting its database of 200 million listings to work with Hiya, a free contact manager and iPhone app.

Does Apple's newly enforced policy really benefit Apple?

By Jenn Webb
February 3, 2011

Apple rejected the Sony Reader app, (suddenly?) enforcing a policy that requires apps to include an in-app purchasing option. The waters are muddy and nobody is really certain what Apple is doing, but the publishing world isn't taking Apple's lumps quietly.

Does Apple's newly enforced policy really benefit Apple?

By Jenn Webb
February 3, 2011

Apple rejected the Sony Reader app, (suddenly?) enforcing a policy that requires apps to include an in-app purchasing option. The waters are muddy and nobody is really certain what Apple is doing, but the publishing world isn't taking Apple's lumps quietly.

Mobile in the enterprise changes everything

Mobile in the enterprise changes everything
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
January 26, 2011

Mobile is a game-changer. Unlike many other emerging technologies where an immediate strategy is not a concern, mobile is front and center now to your users and customers.

jQuery RC 1 is out, final release by end of Jan

By Matthew David
January 25, 2011

jQuery 1.5 moves closer to release. Today, the latest build is now a Release Candidate.

Healthier living through mobile location data

Healthier living through mobile location data
By Bruce Stewart
January 25, 2011

RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs discusses the state of mobile location technology and how he sees it evolving in the near future (hint: we may be on the verge of "thoughtful" services).

CodeBummer Goes Chrome

By Jesse Freeman
December 8, 2010

Advanced Flash Tactics or AFTs are techniques that come from deep within the Flash Art Of War, the oldest Flash military treatise in the world. In this AFT I will go over - Packaging Flash Apps for Google Chrome....

Four short links: 24 November 2010

By Nat Torkington
November 24, 2010

What Android Is (Tim Bray) -- a good explanation of the different bits and their relationship. Cell Phone Photo Helped in Oil Spill (LA Times) -- a lone scientist working from a cell phone photo who saved the day by convincing the government that a cap it considered removing was actually working as designed. (via BoingBoing) Penki -- iPhone...

Geeks and government converge at the FCC

By Alex Howard
November 9, 2010

What's the potential for geeks to work with government for better outcomes? Gina Trapani talked with O'Reilly Media about the first FCC Developer Day, ThinkUp App and Gov 2.0.

Insecure Handling of URL Schemes in Apple's iOS

By Nitesh Dhanjani
November 8, 2010

I feel the risk posed by how URL Schemes are handled in iOS is significant because it allows external sources to launch applications without user interaction and perform registered transactions. Third party developers, including developers who create custom applications for enterprise use, need to realize their URL handlers can be invoked by a user landing upon a malicious website and not assume that the user authorized it. Apple also needs to step up and allow the registration of URL Schemes that can instruct Safari to throw an authorization request prior to yanking the user away into the application.

Windows Phone apps are more expensive than iPhone apps

By Ben Lorica
November 5, 2010

The Windows Marketplace for Mobile now has about 1,400 apps spread across 16 categories. In this short post I'll provide some basic statistics and compare it with the grandaddy of app stores: the U.S. iTunes store.

A new twist on "data-driven site"

A new twist on
By Mac Slocum
September 27, 2010

TripAdvisor is using data from its Facebook application to expand its website. In this Q&A, Sanjay Vakil discusses the inner-workings of this app-website relationship and he passes on advice for companies pursuing their own data-driven products.

A bird app that adapts on the fly

By Mac Slocum
September 16, 2010

Sprucing up content and adding a search tool isn't enough for reference apps to remain relevant. Publishers should take a note from BirdsEye, a birding app that's tapping the real potential of mobile technology.

A bird app that adapts on the fly

A bird app that adapts on the fly
By Mac Slocum
September 16, 2010

Sprucing up content and adding a search tool isn't enough for reference apps to remain relevant. Publishers should take a note from BirdsEye, a birding app that's tapping the real potential of mobile technology.

Four short links: 22 July 2010

By Nat Torkington
July 22, 2010

Boomerang -- a piece of javascript that you add to your web pages, where it measures the performance of your website from your end user's point of view. It has the ability to send this data back to your server for further analysis. With boomerang, you find out exactly how fast your users think your site is. From Yahoo!....


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