iOS Applications with HTML5 and CSS3 {9}

by Jenifer W

iOS Applications with HTML5 and CSS3

Today, mobile application (app) development has become one of the most popular trends in software development as we emerge ourselves into an on the go, handheld device era. “A few short years ago, most mobile devices were, for want of a better word, ‘dumb’” (Charland & LeRoux, 2011). Now, mobile devices have advanced so much that it can take away much of a person’s daily usage of a desktop or laptop. “Mobile apps are currently evolving very rapidly but generally are targeted at a specific task, run on a mobile device, make heavy use of the data network, and have a simple delivery mechanism (i.e., Google Play Store or Apple Store)” (Tracy, 2012). Mobile applications can be used in a variety of operating systems such as the iOS, Android, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone, and much more. To develop a mobile application, a basic knowledge of one or more programming languages is needed. This blog will focus primarily on the development of iOS applications using HTML5 and CSS3. Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are the core components in web development that have evolved tremendously over the past years. “Web design is becoming more sophisticated, with new browser techniques and design principles, including fluid grids, flexible images and media queries, making it possible to deliver a quality experience to users no matter how large (or small) their display” (Reyna 2012). The latest versions of the previously mention web development languages are HTML5 and CSS3. With the launch of HTML5 and CSS3, these two languages have opened a new form of computing: the ability to create iOS applications using HTML5 and CSS3 in native and web applications. read more...

JQuery Rewrite For Mobile Platform {1}

by Toan T
This article pretty much talks about how a company known as appMobi that create development tool and services for HTML5 is rewriting JQuery for mobile platform. The company has already written their own JQuery app for desktop environment which was made to be HTML5 optimized. Recently, they wanted to rewrite their JQuery framework to make more even more optimized for mobile platform. The framework is known as jQ.Mobi, it is over twice as fast as desktop JQuery but is much smaller in size. JQuery has already been used on over 50 percent of all desktop websites. So by doing this, they will be able to being high quality user experience that is identical to desktop environment to both iOS and Android platforms. read more...

Facebook’s Mobile HTML Dilemma {1}

by Jongwoo Y
With the new wave of mobile HTML5 applications coming through, Facebook is displeased with the rate Google and Apple have added HTML5 compatibility to their mobile browsers. Facebook recently announced that their HTML5 website has twice as many users than their Android or iOS counterparts (Constine, 2012). The problem with the applications that iOS and Android is that users are not able to use many of the basic Facebook features (photo uploads and high-performance HTML5 animations) that HTML5 users are able to enjoy. Faced with this problem, Facebook decided to create the W3C community group, a group dedicated to mobile device/application advancement, however, Apple and Google, the two big companies that control the mobile operating system market, have refused to join. This has become a huge problem as Facebook had over 105 million users on iOS and 100 million android users. Facebook is trying their best to convince these two companies to advance their browser’s HTML5 compatibility because the ads that they will be able to run under HTML5 compatible websites will be able to garner more revenue than the ones that are currently being used on the applications themselves. The W3C community group will become a huge factor in Facebook’s future probability; due to the fact that Facebook will soon be a public company and that Facebook’s ad revenues will be able to gain a significant lift which will make the company even more desirable (Constine, 2012). Though companies such as Mozilla and Opera have joined the group, iOS and Android are the companies that Facebook desire to attain. On the developer side, if HTML5 were to gain more compatibility with Android and iOS, developers would be able to port their applications to either of those two platforms with greater ease. This will be able to make more applications readily available to the general public and give developers more time to improve their current apps rather than investing time into porting them. read more...

Four Reasons to Consider FileMaker 12 {Comments Off on Four Reasons to Consider FileMaker 12}

by Jonathan N
This article talks about the software FileMaker 12, which is a database program that will help drive your business. The new FileMaker 12 guarantees that the average user will enjoy their software much more than their competitor, because of the sleek user friendly design. They state in the article that their software is comparable to a hot Ferrari rather than a old Ford Pinto. The Filemaker12 is designed to  look great on multiple platforms. The article states 4 main features the software does that makes it one of the best database programs. The first feature states that Filemaker 12 comes with 16 starter solutions or templates such as inventory, project management, contacts etc. that make it easy for you to just plug in your personal info. So for the average user that is incapable of gifted graphic design skills does not need to worry about it because the software has templates ready to go. The second feature that Filemaker 12 offers is embedded multimedia. Embedded multimedia enables you to drag and drop multimedia content in your database with much ease. The third feature is Faster Performance. They have introduced a 64 bit version of the FileMaker Server which has the capabilities of addressing more memory and can process large database.  The fourth and final feature is the iOS Apps. They have made their software have Apple iphones and IPad capabilities because mobility is the essence of the new modern technological advanced world. read more...

More attractive and portable databases {5}

by Ricardo C
This article is about the integration of database softwares to portable devices such as the iPhone and the iPad. More people are using these devices for work purposes, so applications for these devices must be developed. One of the applications that jumped into this is FileMaker. As the company claimed, this application starts a “new era of databases, empowering users to create stunning customer database apps for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the Web.” FileMaker is heavily focus on media implementation on databases; making the database more enjoyable for the user. FileMaker claims that with this application database creating is easy to do since it improves chart visuals, reporting and file searching features. FileMaker also provides the user with different themes for their database giving them a fresh look. As far as the multimedia integration, FileMaker enhanced the database with support of drag-and-drop files to store such as PDFs, video, photos, audio, and documents. The application will also manage linked files and organize them on the disk and even encrypt them for extra security. With its iPhone and iPad integration, users can now record video and audio directly into container fields and they can share it with other clients.
According to IT and facility manager James Pierson, Rampart Hydro Services, “The use of FileMaker Go 12 enables us to get timely and consistent data from the field eliminating the hodgepodge of spreadsheets, hard-copy forms, and the odd flap torn off an old cardboard box. I love the idea of FileMaker Go specific script steps, making it easier to take advantage of the growing capabilities of iOS.” read more...

Increased Mobile Shopping {Comments Off on Increased Mobile Shopping}

by Luis F

The article was about the amount of mobile traffic that accumulated over the two day period of Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  It states that traffic increased by “60% from the same period last year”.  Then the data was broken down to reveal the percentage of traffic from different smart phone devices.  Devices using “iOS accounted for 42%, Android 34%, Blackberry 15%, and Windows and Nokia each made up less than 3%”.  Then the article discusses the different types of usage pertaining to the day, for instance on Thanksgiving the phones were primarily used to find “product information and sales information”, while on Black Friday the devices were used to “find store locations, browse reviews, and access previously saved wish lists”.  After analyzing all the traffic figures the author suggests that for next year companies also provide as many apps for Android devices as they do for iOS supported devices. read more...