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To REST or not to REST

To REST or not to REST

“These new age sites don’t use pages I say. URLs don’t have a trailing dot extension any more. What sorcery is this?!” – burst one of my friends a couple of years ago. Developers off late have been going gung-ho about REST. But, why? “Why another layer? Why bring about another way to do something...

Data storage in iOS

Mobile applications are of two types – online and offline. Online applications have to be connected to an external server for functioning. When there is no network connectivity, these application stops functioning. Offline applications, on the other hand, do not need to be connected to external servers. These applications work with data stored locally on...

Twitter integration with Android app using OAuth

The idea behind this post is to illustrate how to integrate Twitter with an Android app. I have also included a demo where OAuth is used to authenticate the user and send tweets from the Android app. OAuth is open standard used to authenticate and share user resources and information of a site to a...

Android 101

This article is a step by step guide to start with application development in Android. Application development in Android platform is done using Java programming language. And the application are run by Dalvik Virtual Machine on Android devices. The DVM is optimized for mobile devices. Developing applications in Android: Application development in Android can be...

Working smarter- Moving ahead!

Click!! That is how our lives have transformed. A single click and we have the whole world on our screens. Sometime back, our firm had the opportunity to work with a Fortune 500 publishing firm. They were the traditional print giant, providing innumerable educational resources and publications to students all over the world. I even...
Image optimization in Xcode

Image optimization in Xcode

At some point of time during the process of coding your *awesome* iPhone application, you would have added some images to the project. The size-conscious among you fine folk might want to check the size of the image when it is embedded into the .app file. After all, you wouldn’t want to bloat the size...
An ode to Testflightapp.com

An ode to Testflightapp.com

As stated before, I’m not really a big fan of Apple’s policies. Some of their policies inconvenience programmers to no end and one such process is the remote installation of beta builds. Now as per Apple’s policies, you can install your app only on 99 devices per account. You are allowed to install the apps...
7 Essential Free iPhone Apps for Sports fans

7 Essential Free iPhone Apps for Sports fans

Every sport fanatic likes to stay in-touch with the latest scores and stats of games happening around the world. There is no worse feeling than missing out on following your favourite team’s crunch game because you are stuck in a meeting. Although if you do happen to own an iPhone, getting match updates using sports...
iPad 2 reviewed!

iPad 2 reviewed!

Initial impressions of the iPad 2. First things first. The reports of Steve Jobs’ failing health seem greatly exaggerated. On March 2nd Steve, dressed in his trademark black polo-neck shirt and blue jeans, spoke at the keynote announcing the launch of the iPad 2. Now the launch of any Apple device generates a lot of...

Improve Learning Management System by WebLogic Work Managers (PART I)

The other day our tech team in Tarams was discussing the scope of improvement and the possible loopholes in one of the most elaborate Learning Management System(LMS) designed by Tarams Software Technologies which our team designed for one of the largest publishers in the world. It was the regular Friday morning ‘Pause and Think’ meeting...
Apple's iOS policies revealed!

Apple’s iOS policies revealed!

A critical review of Apple’s policies regarding iOS development. On March 6th 2008 at the Apple Town Hall Facility, the following announcement was made by Scott Forstall, VP of iPhone Development: “..starting today… we’re opening the same native APIs and tools to build our iPhone apps. Third party developers can build native iPhone apps using...
Rumour mongering: iPad 2 rumours

Rumour mongering: iPad 2 rumours

Apple set tongues wagging with the teaser for the iPad 2 that was sent to tech publications recently. With trademark simplicity and style, the teaser featured a calendar page with ‘March 2’ on it, folded outward at the top corner to show a glimpse of the iPad 2. The advert carried the subtitle ‘Come see...