Development Orbs from CircleCI help with speed to market
Monday, January 27, 2020 by Brittany Hainzinger
In partnership with more than 20 companies, CircleCI is releasing a number of new Orbs that provide simple out-of-the-box solutions for building, testing, updating, and deploying applications.
It has been established that nearly 50 percent of developer time is spent writing new code, improving existing code, and managing code maintenance. To improve speed to market, ...
Machine learning, crowdsourced data, and the birth of Gengo.ai
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by Richard Harris
The glue that holds machine learning and artificial intelligence together is data. Without the data to create complex learning algorithms from, and to create those life-like AI experiences - neither of them are worth a brass farthing.
Charly Walther, the VP of product and growth at Gengo.ai, joined Gengo from Uber, where he was a product manager in Uber’s Advan...
Making apps by collaborating and sharing the profits
Monday, September 24, 2018 by Richard Harris
Everyone has a project idea but most of them never go anywhere because getting all of the resources together to pull it off seems monumental. You might be a developer, but your not a designer. Or you might be a good marketer, but you have no sense of business.
For the past 12 months Crowdsourcer.io has been working on a web platform where people can collaborate on pr...
Using GraphQL for building internal apps quickly
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by Tanmai Gopal
The transition from IT’s role in organizations, from a mere horizontal function to one of a strategic advantage, is playing out the world over. However, most change management techniques behind these efforts tend to disproportionately focus on end-user facing software - often at the cost of intra-organization or internal applications (apps).
Internal apps prope...
Making your apps accessible to those with disabilities
Monday, July 16, 2018 by Nicolas Esneault
With 15% of the world’s population living with some form of disability, making apps more accessible is an important, but often overlooked, part of the app design process.
Types of disability that might affect a user’s experience include hearing and visual impairments, dyslexia, and physical limitations. As a result, designing for accessibility forces deve...
Developers playing nice with the platform approach to making apps
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Chaitanya Gupta
Kumar manages travel and logistics for a large banking company. He handles the mammoth task of arranging transport for employees who work beyond regular hours, and this takes up considerable time and effort, with back-and-forth messaging and calls. His problem is compounded by the fact that many employees are restricted from carrying personal computing devices (such as ...
Xojo 2017 cross platform tool updates are now available
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Christian Hargrave
Xojo, Inc., a company helping developers create native cross-platform applications, has announced the availability of Xojo 2017 Release 2. Xojo is a rapid application development tool for making apps for the desktop (macOS, Windows and Linux), web, iOS, and Raspberry Pi. In addition to over 250 improvements, this release focuses on enhancements to 64-bit support, Linux ...
Clemson students make apps to help people with intellectual disabilities
Thursday, July 20, 2017 by Richard Harris
Students and faculty at Clemson University have developed two smartphone apps to provide practical, real-world assistance to help people with intellectual disabilities maintain employment and live independently.Roy Pargas, associate professor emeritus in the School of Computing, led the technical aspects of the project devoted to producing the apps. He said the apps req...
Improve app resiliency by enhancing the data tier
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Richard Harris
Businesses run on apps, and apps run on data. Modern databases offer the potential for much greater application uptime and performance. The fundamental attribute of modern databases is the ability to scale out capacity - organizations can leverage multiple copies of the same data so they can serve more customers demanding access to that data. Modern databases also bring...
Xojo 2016 Release 3 Ships With Loads of New Features for Making Apps
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by Richard Harris
Austin based Xojo, Inc. has announced Xojo 2016 Release 3. With built-in support for graphics, database servers, internet protocols and more, anyone can build just about anything they can imagine with Xojo. The latest release adds compiler optimization options and refactoring features for the IDE and Code Editor, along with more than 90 total improvements and 11 new fea...
Complete the Feedback Loop and Go Mobile with DevOps
Monday, April 18, 2016 by Sam Guckenheimer
There’s no doubt technology is more mobile than ever. Across the globe, people are spending more time with mobile devices than PCs. Businesses are optimizing their processes for a mobile world and devices have become the primary means of connecting to that rich new flow of information. Simply put, we have passed the tipping point with mobility and there is no going back...
A Fast App is a Successful App: Tips for Developing Enterprise Mobile Apps that Don’t Leave Employees Waiting
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Mark Kirstein
When we listen to the criteria enterprise users take into account when judging the quality of the mobile apps they use, we hear two more often than others: app speed and app responsiveness. Nowadays no one likes to wait (or, perhaps more accurately, nowadays we don’t tolerate waiting). When users see the message “waiting for download” pumping the brakes on their product...
Crowdtesting: Let Your Apps Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Monday, November 10, 2014 by Joe Schulz
Despite its importance in the software development cycle, controlled lab testing can never identify all the issues that actual users might encounter. For mobile apps in particular, there are literally thousands of combinations of devices, operating systems and network conditions, making comprehensive testing of all scenarios impractical. Furthermore, because testers in ...
Kii Introduces Beta Launch of KiiReferral for iOS Mobile App and Game User Acquisition
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Richard Harris
Kii has launched the beta release of its new KiiReferral for iOS framework. The new release is an extension to Kii’s backend platform, giving mobile app developers the ability to add social sharing and referral tracking to their apps.The KiiReferral framework and SDK helps developers increase downloads by making apps more viral among social media users. For ex...
The Price of FREE Apps for Kids: The App Developers Quandary
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Eldad Ben Tora
According to Flurry, a
service which continuously monitors mobile applications, the percentage of "free
apps” rose to 90% in 2013. This indicates that nine out
of ten app developers realized that they were either unable or unwilling to ask
for compensation for the product they laboriously developed up front.
When the clear standard cost for
apps is fre...
Most common legal mistakes app developers make
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Richard Harris
Legal issues are frightening to most app developers. We typically go about our business of making apps that are unique and independent of any other ideas we know of, but still sometimes without warning we get a letter from a 3rd party telling us that we've infringed on a copyright, or used someone else's intellectual property. What do you do? How can you avoid this?Luck...
App Developers get more loyal users over Holidays
Monday, December 3, 2012 by Richard Harris
Do you remember the early days of making apps? It was pretty simple to earn revenue by just getting downloads of either a paid app, or a free app running mobile advertisements in it. The markets were more simple, and user engagement wasn't necessarily a factor because you could earn revenue just by fly by curious users wanting to download new apps on their devices – mai...
App design and what you should know about it
Saturday, December 1, 2012 by Richard Harris
Recently the makers of the infamous Instagram app spoke at the 500Startups event. They spoke to eager developers wanting to know how they created such a fluid user experience and what went into their overall design. Here is what they had to say:Understand what you are makingDon't just come up with an idea then start coding it without really thinking it through. You shou...
Stick to just one platform most developers say
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Richard Harris
Android, iOS, Amazon, Windows Mobile, HTML5 - how do you pick! Each has a unique advantage and associated challenges! Lets break it down by comparing some known facts about each market.There are Android and iOS, with 700,000 available apps each and huge market exposure -- and the fierce developer competition that comes with it.On the other hand, there is the Windows 8/W...
Google is encouraging developers to create better tablet apps
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Richard Harris
Google's Nexus 10 has impressive specs and software, but needs more native Android tablet appsGoogle's latest Nexus-branded tablet, the Samsung-made Nexus 10, is as impressive in the flesh as its specs are on paper (well, blog post).It's light, with an excellent screen, powerful processor, and a strong suite of Google apps and services. And the apps? Well...