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The New Face of Mobile App Development

Computing as we know it has changed. Technology has become smaller, lighter, faster and cheaper. With the growing ease of accessibility came a new type of computer user. Typical users of computing devices demand media. Videos, social media networks, apps, games and pictures must be constantly accessible at all times. With the growth of mobile technology came a parallel growth of development technology. Proprietary app development tools for device and operating system became a typical development platform for mobile applications, yet everything was still accessed over the same internet. The web also adapted as computing went mobile with mobile web pages, dynamic page loading, and smaller file sizes in order to optimize browsing on smaller devices. Now, with the high demand of mobile apps, app development and the web are finally coming together.

Before, if you wanted to make a mobile app, you had to learn an entirely new programming language and IDE such as Objective-C and Xcode or Android SDK and Netbeans, but recent developments have streamlined the process for web developers to create mobile applications without learning new languages or changing the way they code. With the introduction of the Titanium SDK and Phonegap, web developers can program mobile applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript that could be wrapped by Titanium or PhoneGap into native applications for Android and iOS. Other packages such as jQuery Mobile and Kendo UI Mobile have been released as well in order to give web developers the proper tools they need to make their web-based mobile apps look and feel more like native iOS and Android apps. Alongside these developments come new upgrades to Adobe’s Dreamweaver CS6, a staple development environment for web developers all over the world. Dreamweaver CS6 now natively supports both PhoneGap – due to Adobe’s recent acquisition of Nitobi, the developer of PhoneGap – and jQuery Mobile, allowing for easier and more rapid, interactive prototyping and app builds.

As users continue to demand more from their technology, more ways to bridge the gap between all of our technologies will emerge, allowing programmers and designers of all types to be able to communicate across any platform they choose.

 

Cameron Luck
Disaster Recovery Test Engineer

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