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When I read the Programming iOS 5 version of this book about 2 years ago I started my review off with the paragraph below. A little background so you know what type of experience I have. I have been a Microsoft .NET architect and developer since the first beta release. Before that C, ...
One of the biggest misconceptions people have about my skill set is that because I can develop software for the iPhone, iPad, and Windows 8 tablets, I must know everything there is to know about using them. 90% of my time spent on a computer is spent in code, UML tools, and using basic...
Mobile apps aren’t just for consumers anymore. Businesses large and small are recognizing that mobile apps can heighten employee efficiency and productivity. Mobile apps can give many companies a competitive edge through more agile customer service, sales tools, and supply chain manage...
If you were going to list the aptitudes for success as a doctor, your would definitely include having a good grasp of math and science. A keen sense of observation would also be important, since doctors need this skill every time they conduct a physical exam or review x-rays or test re...
The last few years in IT have seen us move from a proactive to a reactive environment. For decades, the boundaries in communication technology were pushed by government, military and business needs. As technology improved and costs dropped, innovations were gradually adapted for the co...
I am here to tell you it’s true. You can write iPad applications in PowerBuilder. I’m sure that you are waiting for the other shoe to drop but ladies and gentlemen, there is no other shoe. It is simply the truth. You can write iPad applications in PowerBuilder. Those of you who have i...
This book is a nice concise no nonsense introduction to Objective-C. This book is different than most of the Objective-C books I have read in that it uses Cocoa and Cocoa Touch to teach the language. The book starts out covering the developer programs, Xcode, Object-Oriented Programmi...
Twenty years ago, a software engineer named Neil Papworth kicked off the holidays – and a communications revolution – by sending the world’s first text message via phone. The message, appropriately enough, was “Merry Christmas.” It took a few more Christmases before text messaging ca...
Like an automobile, a web application needs occasional maintenance and management over its life cycle. Although it doesn't need oil changes, it will probably need version upgrades. There may not be manufacturer recalls, but sometimes servers fail or hang. An application doesn't need to...
Personally, I’m more of a last-minute holiday shopper, but nonetheless, there I was being dragged out to the brick and mortar stores on Black Friday. Given that my role seemed to be limited to that of manual laborer (“Honey, can you carry all this for me?”), I had a lot of time to peop...
If I had to give this book a one word description, I would say it is 'balanced'. In the beginning of the book the author mentions that he does not want to right one of those books that list a little code and then explains the code, changes the code, explains those changes and so on and...
Contrary to popular belief, the discussion doesn't need to produce a winner and a loser. Instead of classifying apps as web apps or as native apps, why not just call them mobile apps? I believe "mobile app" is a great name. Under this name there are simply two variations of mobile app ...
The exponential growth of smartphone users around the globe is no secret. IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker reports that vendors shipped a total of 444.5 million mobile phones in 3Q12 alone. The importance of the mobile evolution reaches a broad range of industries from fi...
In this acute age of class warfare, elitism, and social media tools, somewhere in the middle of all of it, the retail and financial services industries are spawning the latest “Must-have” digital bling: mobile wallets. (or digital wallets) Will credit cards become a thing of the past...
A new online exchange in China is helping mobile game developers find partners, advertisers and a new approach to in-app promotions. China will have an estimated 100 million smartphone users by the end of the year, and it's a market that is keenly interested in high quality games. The...
Major retailers like Sears, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Best Buy, Shell and others announced last week their focus on developing MCX, Merchant Customer Exchange, to enhance their sales and cover the growing demand for capabilities to buy things from the smartphone. This is a great milestone in ...
This is a great book for both someone who wants to learn Test Driven Development (TDD), anyone that wants to learn how to do unit testing in Xcode, and anyone who wants to improve their designs using TDD. The author begins the book with a nice overview of the benefits of testing and h...
Wi-Fi has truly come of age as a viable means to connect mobile devices to the Internet. The past four blogs in this series have highlighted some of the key findings of a recent survey of U.S. mobile users by Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). Our survey uncovered some ...
A little background so you know what type of experience I have. I have been a Microsoft .NET architect and developer since the first beta release. Before that C, C++, ColdFusion, ASP, JavaScript and of course HTML. Being a .NET developer has many advantages, but the one major disadvant...
One sure fire way to keep budget and buzz away from your projects is for you and your department to be associated with incremental improvement. Projects can generally be classified into two categories. The first is “business transformation,” which includes projects that generate excite...
The rapid growth of smartphones, tablets and netbooks are forcing mobile service providers to consider how best to meet the growing demands for rich data services that are straining mobile network capacity and eroding profits. Because their networks were originally designed for the low ...
Adobe offers Customer Experience Enterprise Platform that includes Flash, Flex, HTML, PDF, designer’s tools, workflow servers, data services, tools for all major mobile platforms, marketing campaigns in social networks, usage analytics, friendly content management system. Adobe becomes...
At Starbucks, Panera, and McDonald’s restaurants everywhere, personal hubspots can be purchased to fuel our need to access applications on our mobile devices. Today, we automatically assume that we are able to access applications and the Internet if we have a connection but, with the r...
Which mobile device should I target for my application? That's one of the first questions you need to answer as a mobile developer. You might select the device based on personal preference or what looks cool today. The problem is that mobile technology choices are diverse and evolvi...
The design cornerstone of the Sybase's MEAP the Sybase Unwired Platform is the Mobile Business Object (MBO). The MBO encapsulates the business process logic and data into a reusable unit that can be accessed from a variety of clients. The development can take two approaches, firstly t...
Any Enterprise iOS application should feature some important features. Firstly Security, so encrypt your users application data on the device and that is in addition to any other Device Management & Security that you should be using. Check out Afaria which uses Apple's MDM. Secondly su...
With January almost over now and conferences like Mobile World Congress and CTIA upon us, here is a thought: In the age of Mobile applications, will 2011 be the year of the Mobile Web apps

In this article, we outline the reasons why it will be and welcome your comments.

This morning I was able to catch up with SAP Mentor Bryan Whitmarsh for an interview. I conducted a video interview with Bryan last year at Sapphire which you can watch here. Bryan works for Sybase's product management team and reports to Tony Kueh, who I interviewed last week. Brya...
Over the last year I have been mentioning my thoughts on Mobile Developments and architectures. This week I have seen a great article by my colleague Willie Jow, published on Wireless Week, where he discusses deploying strategic and mobile platforms etc. Willie provides some recommenda...
There were two kinds of technology companies issuing press releases today. Goofball ones that were somehow oblivious to Apple's planned announcement, and thought it was just another day and their stuff would get the usual attention. And those who watched the announcement of the iPad...
The speed of communication and connectivity today of the smart phone is unparalleled. Even better and faster than the Internet itself, because your phone is always talking to the network, always available and open to receive and send information without you having to dial a number or o...
One of the biggest problems developers have when building apps for the iPhone is memory violations. A lot of developers, especially those who come from a Java or .NET background, have trouble adjusting to an environment where they need to manually keep track of reference counts and the...
This is the last in a series of five initial articles, in which I'm going to put my thoughts and findings on the subject of Enteprise Mobility. For this final article I have decided to sum up the thoughts and findings of the previous articles to form an initial set of 'Steps for Succes...
This is the fourth in a series of five initial articles, in which I'm going to put my thoughts and findings on the subject of Enteprise Mobility. For this penultimate article I've decided to raise the Risks to be aware of before and during implementation of an Enterprise Mobility Strat...
This is the third in a series of five initial articles, in which I'm going to put my thoughts and findings on the subject of Enterprise Mobility. For this article I've decided to discuss the Opportunities that lie in front of companies that undertake an Enterprise Mobility Strategy.
The new Tommy Hilfiger application connects consumers through the Web, iPhone and/or iPod touch to the Tommy Hilfiger stores as if they were experiencing the stores in-person. If shoppers can’t find an item in the local store, they can check availability on the iPhone and place an orde...
Mobile marketing has recently been blessed with 3 new technologies to leverage: Augmented Reality (AR), Mobile Image Recognition (MIR) and Mobile Tagging (MT). What are they used for? Can they co-exist? This introductory article aims to position the three technologies to help businesse...
Netbiscuits added many devices to their database within the last month: Three Skypephone S2 (Amoi 8709), Nokia 5730 (XpressMusic), LG LG265 (Rumor 2), Toshiba W62T,Sharp SH902i, Kyocera A5528K Sanyo A5522S and- Samsung GT-S8000 (Jet), among others.
Master, what is the best way to master iPhone Development? Grasshopper, here are my seven steps to becoming an iPhone Developer. Tread carefully and you will become a wise man... Buy an Intel Based Mac & a Device - though the iPhone/iPod Touch device isn't 100% necessary for this early...
The iPhone's accelerometers can provide access to a variety of information about where an iPhone exists in space. By measuring gravity, you can easily discover an iPhone's precise orientation. By measuring movement, you can see how an iPhone is being guided through space. Further, you ...