Devbook 23.02.2016, 11:47 Uhr

Mobile Developer’s Guide to the Galaxy – 13th Edition

Seit 2009 veröffentlicht Enough Software einmal im Jahr ihren englischsprachigen Mobile Developer's Guide, in dem Entwickler und Entscheider Antworten auf zentrale aktuelle Fragen finden, die sich beim Einstieg in die mobile Branche stellen - so auch in der 13. Auflage.
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Prologue

Wow! This really is the 13th edition already. Time to send out a big THANK YOU to all the people who have supported the project since it started in 2009. Of course this includes all the writers, but also many readers who sent us their feedback, conference and barcamp organizers who distributed the books at their events, and of course the printing sponsors: this time SAP and PayPal. You are all awesome; we are looking forward to the next 13 editions. As usual, the whole content has been reviewed and updated
where necessary for this release and we have even included a completely new chapter about Firefox OS! Apart from Firefox OS some exciting things happened since our last guide: Apple jumped on the ’flat design’ bandwagon and announced a completely redesigned iOS7 (who would have thought 10 years ago that Microsoft could be a trendsetter in design?!). Android finally acknowledged its fragmentation problem and released improvements that can be used on older OS versions as well. Google Glass wowed the world and made privacy advocates angry at the same time. But there were failures as well. BlackBerry and Windows Phone remain the problem children of the mobile world when it comes to market share, and Facebook’s Home initiative has received mixed feedback, wallowing at 2.5 stars on Google Play in August 2013. And then there was Edward Snowden. Various agencies with the US American NSA and the British GCHQ seem to be at the forefront of eavesdropping on our communications. And the Internet giants like Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft seem to be helping more than they are legally obliged to. This undermines our privacy, our freedom, Prologue II our trust in communication and politics. Of course big words like terrorism are used to justify these programs, but do we really want to live in such an Orwellian world? Back to technology: the mobile world receives new input from outside. Trends like quantify yourself1 and wearable computing2 continue to innovate mobile services with low energy Bluetooth as the current preferred connection glue between phones and embedded hardware. Tinkerers can easily invent new solutions based on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Netduino and the like. And Smartwatches like Pebble, I’m Watch, or Agent show people really like these concepts.


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