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July 19, 2016  12:21 PM

Android fragmentation: An app developer’s worst nightmare?

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Android, Fragmentation, IOS, Mobile Application Development

When you write an app for Apple's iOS there's no ambiguity. To say the operating system and its distribution are tightly controlled is an understatement. It's Apple's way or the highway. Not so with Android. Fragmentation and lack of corresponding offerings from device makers is out of control....

June 13, 2016  9:52 AM

Bluetooth 5 is coming. Will your mobile apps leverage its new power?

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Bluetooth, Mobile Application Development

Wi-Fi is what we all talk about. It's what we all write about. It's built into every wireless device. Your apps depend on it. But, what about Bluetooth? If you haven't recently thought about leveraging the power of Bluetooth in your apps, the time to think anew is here. The launch of Bluetooth 5...


June 1, 2016  4:32 PM

We’re using cloud computing for this?

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Cloud Applications, Mobile Application Development

Let's have a little fun today and look at how the cloud is being used in ways that some might consider, well, out of the ordinary. Sure, anyone can conjure up a cloud-based system for purchasing books online, but what about using the ol' smartphone to manage cows down on the farm?


May 24, 2016  10:57 AM

‘SAPple’ — Made from the best stuff on earth?

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Apple iOS, Application development, Mobile Application Development, SAP, SAP Fiori, SAP HANA

SAP and Apple. Apple and SAP. A good partnership offers benefits to each party. And that's exactly what's happening here. Let's not forget the key third party not mentioned -- cloud applications developers. For developers everywhere, there's a lot to like. SAP gets a lot from this union,...


March 15, 2016  2:07 PM

When no one knows why an app does what it does

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application testing, Mobile Application Development, QA testing

You're a developer and darned proud of the code you write. You follow the specs and build what the stakeholders and designers want. You've tested it and all the test scenarios work as expected. You deploy and the app goes into the wild. But, what happens when there's a problem that no one...


February 10, 2016  12:59 PM

Parse shutdown: Alternatives are asking for your business

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application migration, MBaaS, Mobile Application Development

I've been writing opinion columns for various technology publications for more than a quarter century. Rarely have I seen anything touch a nerve to the degree of Facebook's coming shutdown of the Parse mobile back-end as a service. One thing that's great to know is that developers are watching...


February 3, 2016  8:35 AM

Parse shutdown: What now?

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Data migration, Mobile Application Development, MongoDB

Were you caught off guard by Facebook's abrupt announcement on Jan. 28 statement that its Parse mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) was going to be shut down? You're not alone. And we'd like to hear from you. Outrage on the Twitter...

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November 30, 2015  4:02 PM

Ready or not, Microsoft PowerApps is here

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application development, Development tools, Mobile Application Development

Microsoft today launched Microsoft PowerApps, a major new platform that lets anyone build cross-platform mobile applications. Anyone. And for now, it's free. Love or hate it, this latest salvo in the


August 31, 2015  11:30 AM

What if your mobile cloud app is great, but your company isn’t?

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Cloud Applications, Mobile Application Development, PaaS

You've poured your heart and soul into a cloud-based mobile application development project. Thanks to APIs, Internet of Things, and the newest breed of development tools it works...


July 23, 2015  8:03 AM

Is Shadow IT always bad?

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Mobile Application Development, Rapid Application Development, Shadow IT

We've all seen it. That chief marketing officer wants a new report or a redesigned user experience on the company's mobile app. The guy is already fed up with an IT department and CIO he sees as everything from active obstructionists to clueless, unresponsive ne'er do wells. IT isn't interested,...


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