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JSON in application efficiency {3}

by Han C
Jim Keeting writes about Javascript Object Notation, JSON, and about how modern web applications are geared torwards efficiency. At first there was Asynchronous Javascript and XML or AJAX for short but there is always a demand for more efficiency. Since then web developers have been trying to get the maximum amount of performance for the code they write. JSON is a result that originated from a coder by the name of Douglas Crockford, a senior Javascript architect at Yahoo. Crockford intended it to be a lightweight data-interchange format which meant that it would inheret the use of name and order values. This is why it has some similarities to programming languages. JSON’s purpose is to provide “a way to store information in an organized, easy-t0-access way” that was human and machine readable. JSON achieves this because it is an open source, text based exchange format that can operate independent from any programming language. This is why so many web application developers are switching over. Another thing that many coders did not was constraint. For example, using XML included the tedious task of having to write parses and having to assign variables using DOM APIs. With JSON you can generate or retrieve data easier with fewer, less complex, and  code. JSON can let you build smaller, faster, and more interactive applications for not just desktop audiences but also for phone and tablets. read more...

Virtual Microsoft Office for iPad {1}

by Robert T
In Jon Brodkin’s article “Virtual Microsoft Office for iPad: Blurry But Free, Legal,” Brodkin explains how the application market for tablets are releasing software to compete for full office suites very similar to Microsoft Office. Microsoft has yet to publish the Microsoft Office suite to tablets and as a direct result, many independent  producers have been trying to release some of their own applications that would be compatible with Microsoft’s standards. According to Brodkin ,”OnLive Desktop, the service that stirred up controversy by providing Windows and Office on the iPad and Android tablets without being properly licensed by Microsoft, has now gone legitimate  with new code on the backend. But there are already reports that the service’s usability is suffering as a result.” On top of that Brodkin mentions another program known now as CloudOn. The application is far from the solution many people are looking for, but it’s stable, it works, and best of all – its free. However, it has been announced that the currently free application will later release a paid upgrade that will include ,”more functionality, such as macros, commenting and annotations.” CloudOn is currently available for iPads but is soon to be released to the Android market. The application is built so that it operates using a cloud hosted by Microsoft Office copy of PowerPoint, Word,and Excel. read more...

Apps and HTML5 Wrestle For Mobile Supremacy {3}

by ChihWei H
HTML5 continues to receive support from big companies. Old technology powerhouse such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft are embracing the trend. Internet new comers, such are Twitter, Facebook, and Pandora are launching their product and services on smartphone and tablets from website based on HTML5. Many of these companies are already providing apps for smartphone and tablets, however, using HTML5 gives customer the same function and convenience of an app without the hassle of installing one.  Amaozn, for example, launched Kindle Cloud Reader with functions very similar to its app counterparts. HTML5 give companies the ability to bypass Apple’s 30% cut for app and content purchases. That being said, app and web application doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. read more...