Thursday, August 27, 2015

Advanced JavaScript Topics Part 1

If you are writing Hybrid Mobile Applications than JavaScript should in your blood. So, I am trying to write something about JavaScript today.


Some Resources

  • https://github.com/rwaldron/idiomatic.js : It is a write up of idiomatic code that is widely accepted across the developer to write consistent JavaScript code. You may not agree with all the code which is there but it is a great place to start. There are couple of quotes written on the git page, which I like it is
         "Arguments over style are pointless. There should be a          style guide, and you should follow it"                
         Rebecca Murphey
  • http://addyosmani.com/resources/essentialjsdesignpatterns/book/ : This is one stop shop for design patterns in JavaScript and if you are going to write a clean code in JavaScript and Follow a Design to solve the problems in JavaScript you should go through this.

  •     http://www.ecma-international.org/ecma-262/6.0/ : JavaScript is EEMA Script if you don’t know. This is the language specification and I am sure many of you have not referred to this. If you are referring to this means you are writing some serious efficient JavaScript Code.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

How to remove NavBar from Blogger Template

In Blogger we have NavBar at the top of the which gives us access to move around the blogger easily as shown below.


Blogger NavBar
It gives us access to Next Blog and there are more options to share the on different Social Networking sites and also to report as Spam.

However, you believe it or not it does impact the looks of the blog. We can remove the NavBar by editing the NavBar. You can click on Edit on the NavBar Widet and it open up the widget settings.


NavBar Blogger Widget Settings

This is hide the NavBar from the Blogger.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Introduction to Facebook Parse SDK

Parse was acquired by Facebook in 2013 and they have announced Open Source SDKs. Open Sourced all of SDKs related to iOS, OSX, and Andriod. Code for all the SDKs is available on Github ParsePlatform.

Mobile Developers were using these SDKs for Development but were not aware of what is happening behind the scenes. 

Parse Team has started to write updates about the Parse SDKs on the blog. The very first blog "The Parse SDK : What's inside" tells about how Asynchronous APIs works in Parse.


Parse Asynchronous API



















WKWebView for Hybrid Apps in iOS 8

With the release of iOS 8 Apple have brought so many changes in the Framework existing classes and have introduced new classes.

For Hybrid App development we introduced UIWebView, Which is used for displaying the Web content. 

However, with the release of iOS Apple has introduced a new class called WKWebView. which is derived from UIView here is the inheritance chain for WKWebView.

NSObject
|
UIResponder
|
UIView
|
WKWebView

WKWebView is also derived from UIView similar to UIWebView, So what are the difference in both.


Performance


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hybrid App Development Part 1

So, in the previous blog Introduction to hybrid app development we learn about what is hybrid app. Today, we will learn more about hybrid app.
  1. Hybrid App Architecture : Hybrid App Development Part 1
  2. Development tools           : Hybrid App Development Part 2
  3. Debugging techniques      : Hybrid App Development Part 3
  4. Building Hybrid App        : Hybrid App Development Part 4
    1. UI Development     : Part 4.1
    2. Fetching Data and Angular Caching : Part 4.2
  5. Testing the App                : Hybrid App Development Part 5
  6. Deployment of App          : Hybrid App Development Part 6
We will talk about Architecture of Hybrid Mobile Application. We will discuss each of the component in detail. 

So first question that came to my mind when I think of Hybrid App Development is that what is it that enables this?


Answer to this Question is 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Web vs Native vs Hybrid Applications

In my previous blog Introduction to Hybrid Application development, we talk about different technologies which we will can use to build a Hybrid Application development.

However, before going into deep with Hybrid Application Development I was thinking to do a comparison between Web vs Native vs Hybrid Mobile applications.


Web vs Native vs Hybrid Mobile Applications


What I think about these different techniques for Mobile Application Development is that we should go with Hybrid Mobile Application development as over the past couple of years the Tools which are being used for Hybrid App development are matured and have been popular enough.

I didn't want to mention this but if you are a mobile app developer than you can see that the jobs in the IBMWorklight are more than any other Tool being used for Hybrid Mobile Application Development. If you would ask me what I am favoring the Hybrid App development is because

  1. Single CodeBase for all the platforms. You need to maintain only one code for different platforms like iOS, Android and Windows.
  2. Development is faster. As we are using the existing Web application development technologies like JavaScript, HTML and CSS with Apache Cordova
  3. Deployment as Native apps by wrapping the web app using native framework.
  4. IBM Worklight provide Single Notification server which can be used to deliver notifications to all the different platforms.
  5. Integration with native features is very easy.
  6. Offline databases can be used to store data when network is not available which huge advantage for offline support is.
  7. There is huge repository of Cordova Plugins which can be integrated easily.


I would like to know your opinion on this before I start the Hybrid application development series and please suggest if there is anything specific you want me to include in the series.


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Introduction to Hybrid App Development

History


With the Origin of mobile operating systems like iOS, Andriod, Windows and Others in the market. There are variety of devices in with different form factors and different hardware specifications. With the evolution of the Mobile Operating System, Mobile Devices hardware has evolved a lot. We will not deep into hardware development but yes we will talk more about the Software part.

So, What are the ways we can develop a Mobile Application?
  1. Using xCode with Swift, Objective - C and using their UI Libraries we can build Apps for iOS. you can go to Apple Developer Site to know more about it.
  2. Android Application development using Java. Getting Started with Android.
  3. Windows phone application development using .Net Framework and C#. Windows phone App Development getting started.
As Listed above if you need to build an App for multiple devices you would think I would need to learn all these technologies and believe me I have not listed all the Technologies which are used, I have just mentioned the programming languages.

So now you can understand what could be the problem with this. Anyway, I will mention it explicitly, Now I want to develop an App for all 3 Operating Systems. I have to develop it in 3 different plateforms to support 3 different mobile operating systems. Which I think would be huge effort for Developers and Enterprise Softwares. This problem leads to the evolution of Hybrid Mobile Application development with mainly involve development with PhoneGap (Currently known as Cordova).