This post was updated Aug. 7, to add two additional resources for do-it-yourself mobile applications development: Apptive and MobileX Labs.Many small businesses still shrug off the idea of creating a mobile app but the case for doing so continues to become stronger, not just when it comes to engaging more effectively with customers but for empowering employees.I wrote about one example of the latter scenario last month: Ski and board shop Mount Everest in Westwood, N.J., created a mobile app to extend its LightSpeed point-of-sale (POS) solution so that the sales team is alerted when priority orders arrive. Its app helps the retailer boost credibility with certain search engines by responding more quickly. "This was essentially the only way to play. We wouldn't be able to do what we are doing without it," said Ryan McGarry, manager of e-commerce operations for the retailer. I mentioned two similar examples involving FileMaker late last year. One is eco-friendly pet manufacturing … [Read more...] about Handy code-free mobile app development resources for small businesses
Developing mobile apps using html5
Building a smartphone app - should your developers be going HTML5 or native? HTML5: The future of mobile apps?Photo: W3C If your organisation is still getting to grips with smartphone apps it may be in for a shock - an even newer class of app is bearing down, one which promises to cut multi-platform development hassles and hurdle compatibility issues. Say hello to the HTML5 mobile web app. HTML5 is the newest specification of the software code that web pages are created in. It adds rich functionality to browsers - so it's goodbye annoying plug-ins, hello natively streaming audio/video and more. This new specification turns the browser into a rich runtime environment, meaning web apps running within a browser can effectively match the functionality of, and even replace, native mobile apps. "It's an inevitable trend," says Nick Dillon, analyst at Ovum. "We're going to see much more stuff moving to web apps, and away from the native mobile apps which we've had of late. It's a natural … [Read more...] about Should your next mobile app be an HTML5 web app?
HTML5 fans got a very large splash of very cold water in their faces yesterday. Facebook has been a big fan of building mobile apps using HTML5 and related Web standards, but no less than founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called Facebook's HTML5 app "one of the biggest mistakes if not the biggest strategic mistake that we made." Those are powerfully damning words, and many developers will likely take them to heart given Facebook's cred in the programming world. But there are subtleties here -- not an easy thing for those who see the world in black and white to grasp, to be sure, but real nonetheless. Zuckerberg himself offered a huge pro-HTML5 caveat in the middle of his statement. Here's a fuller version of his words from the TechCrunch Disrupt conference: When I'm introspective about the last few years, I think the biggest mistake that we made as a company is betting too much on HTML5 as opposed to native. Because it just wasn't there. It's not that HTML5 is bad. … [Read more...] about HTML5 is dead. Long live HTML5!
LAS VEGAS--It's the classic show formula: put your product in the hands of an attractive model and people will look twice. In the case of QNX's new mobile app platform, the attractive model is the Porsche Carrera sports car. As the cars of tomorrow gain Internet connections and applications, they'll need infotainment software that allows them to be as flexible and easily updated as your average smartphone. RIM subsidiary QNX Software Systems Limited thinks that the solution to that problem lies in the HTML5 framework and is showcasing its new HTML5-based QNX CAR 2 application platform at CES 2012. Designed to be easily reskinned and customized by automotive OEMs, QNX CAR 2 operating system allows automakers to quickly and inexpensively develop and implement HTML5 applications and services for their vehicles' infotainment system. Likewise, CAR 2 supports Qt, OpenGL ES, and other user interface technologies and rolls in other QNX technologies, including the Neutrino real-time operating … [Read more...] about QNX demos mobile app platform in cloud-connected Porsche