Doing Battle with System Updates

For the last couple of days I have had off and on issues with Visual Studio and the Android Virtual Device, AVD, manager.  I will get my mobile app running smoothly, make what seems to be an innocuous change and then everything goes to hell in a handbasket. The AVD won’t launch, or deploying to Read more about Doing Battle with System Updates[…]

DAY 3: Mobile App Coding with Xamarin

Frustrating morning.  PC crashed.  Spent all the time I had in recovery.  Will try again tonight. —————– Much better luck this evening.  Implemented a placeholder web service for market listings and integrated it with the Android application. Right now the market values are hard coded but the will be placed in a SQL server database Read more about DAY 3: Mobile App Coding with Xamarin[…]

DAY 2: Mobile App Coding with.Xamarin

Today I extended the application I began building yesterday.  For local data storage I have settled on SQLite.  It will act as the local data repository and will be synched with the server database, most likely SQL server. I implemented several class objects including:market, character, and plot.  The SQLite ORM allows these objects to connect Read more about DAY 2: Mobile App Coding with.Xamarin[…]

DAY 1: Mobile App Coding With Xamarin

Today I began the construction of my first mobile application using Xamarin and Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition. The purpose of the app is to be a niche networking app for writers.  The functional feature I have identified so far consist of: – View a list of markets that publish writing. – View the details Read more about DAY 1: Mobile App Coding With Xamarin[…]

The Mobile Gold Rush

In January of 1848 word went out from Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California that gold had been discovered.  Miners rushed in from points across the globe to find their fortunes.  The wealth that was generated increased global trade and spawned a multitude of companies, some still in existence nearly two centuries later.  We are entering Read more about The Mobile Gold Rush[…]

Getting Started with jQuery Mobile

jQuery Mobile is the balm that soothes the headaches of mobile platform developers.  It provides a way for developers to build a single code base that functions consistently on the most common mobile platforms.  At this time jQuery Mobile supports iOS(iPhone, iPad), Android, BlackBerry, bada, Windows Phone, palm webOS, symbian and MeeGo.  This list represents a majority of the mobile platforms and devices in the market today.  Products developed with jQuery mobile will have a broad audience ready to consume them.

Even better, developers have only to build one version of their application.  Once it is constructed for jQuery mobile there is no need to write it again for any of the other mobile platforms.  A jQuery Mobile application runs consistently on any of the platforms previously mentioned.  This lessens the time developers spend learning the nuances of a platform and allows them to commit more time to the development of their applications.