Competitors face an uphill battle when it comes to catching Apple and Google in the smartphone market because consumers want phones with a rich choice of apps and developers devote their resources to the most popular platforms. It's going to prove a difficult cycle for smart phone competitors to break.
It's Friday and that means it's time for my weekly feature, 5 Links for Developers and IT pros. This week, an IT veteran confronts his own cloud fears, a writer discusses if programmers can ever be replaced by automated solutions and some soft skills every IT pro should know.
When imano Creative Director Mark Lister was developing the Conde Nast travel apps back in 2010 he faced tremendous challenges taking a print publication and transforming it into a dynamic iPhone app that took advantage of the device's advanced functionality. Today there are 4 Conde Nast City Guide apps, which provide a way to find information quickly and include advanced functions like augmented reality.
I've got good news and bad news for developers. The good news is you're going to be in greater demand than ever. The bad news is you're going to need learn to develop apps for everything from refrigerators to automobiles.
This week, we look at why Darth Vader would have made a darn good IT project manager (in spite of his obvious brutality and ruthlessness), if Agile is for everyone and the double-edged sword of code optimization.
How do you get attention when there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps out there. Once you win the battle of getting a user to download your app, you have to build in reasons for them to come back -- and that's the tricky part. If you bug your users, you could lose them.
It's Friday, that special day of the week, when I share my 5 links for developers and IT Pros. This week we look at changes in the iOS6 App Store, developers need to be aware of, as well the age old communication problem between business units and IT.
A recent survey found a surprising level of disaffection with HTML5 among mobile developers -- but the question is whether it's really an indicator of broad dissatisfaction or just the way this particular survey chose to look at the numbers.