Rapid backend development for mobile applications. Backendless

Rapid backend development for mobile applications. Backendless

Rapid backend development for mobile applications. Backendless

When you order the application development, after choosing a platform (Android, iOS, or both) you should also make a decision about its back-end (server side). In this article we will talk about an alternative to the development of back-end from scratch, namely BaaS Backendless, which is of that type of services.

Simple unit tests for Android

Simple unit tests for Android

Simple unit tests for Android

The time has come to share with you this small article on testing Android app logic. It didn’t occur to me that it is a significant component of Android app development for quite a time but it’s never too late to learn, neither for you, nor for me :)

Learning Android gestures

Learning Android gestures

Learning Android gestures

What happens within the system when a user touches the screen? And even more important — how to handle it right? The time has come to figure everything out once and for all! Today’s post is on what I’ve learned about Android Touch System and my experience with it.

Animation in iOS: native solutions and third-party frameworks

Animation in iOS: native solutions and third-party frameworks

Animation in iOS: native solutions and third-party frameworks

Today we will take a look at a couple of quite simple examples, learn about pros and cons of what Apple has to offer in terms of animation and get ourselves familiar with some third-party frameworks I personally find to be quite useful for handling animation. I will also show you how to use UIKit Dynamics and Motion Effects available starting from iOS 7.

Android WebSocket. Feedback, or When every second matters

Android WebSocket. Feedback, or When every second matters

Android WebSocket. Feedback, or When every second matters

Apps that are using network communicate with the server by executing queries and receiving answers. Server acts as an information desk providing answers to any questions and accepting inquiries made in a certain way to further process and save them. This communication model allows your service to perform most of the required tasks. And what if you need to tell the client that the required data has already arrived? Let’s take a look at this situation using the information desk analogy.

Saving data in Android using Realm

Saving data in Android using Realm

Saving data in Android using Realm

How to save data for your mobile application? There’re three possible ways: Shared preferences/User defaults, files and databases. When choosing which one to use you should take into account the volume of data your app will work with, mobile data type and what exactly you’ll be doing with the data. Traditionally mobile software developers were using SQLite but there’s another type of the database out there called Realm and here we’d like to talk about its advantages and show how we use it in our projects.

DataBinding: how to develop Android apps faster

DataBinding: how to develop Android apps faster

DataBinding: how to develop Android apps faster

Every time you look at those numerous lines of code with findViewById and ternary operations with visibility you want Cthulhu to finally revel across the Earth so you don’t have to see it anymore, don’t you? But trust me, there’s a way. And we will show it to you under cut.

Top 5 mobile app design trends in 2015

Top 5 mobile app design trends in 2015

Top 5 Mobile App Design Trends in 2015

Mobile application design isn’t standing still, but is growing rapidly. Smartphones came into our lives long time ago and occupied a big chunk of it. A huge number of apps are appearing every day, offering us new opportunities on how to use smartphones. In order to surpass competitors, designers are coming up with new awesome designs. Later the most interesting and successful ones become trends. In this article, we’ll describe some modern mobile application design trends.

Android Material Design

Android Material Design

Android Material Design

Hi everybody! I think everyone has already watched Android L presentation and saw its revolutionary innovations for Android material design platform. Well, it won’t take long to get the release; and for now attentive users could notice the emergence of new design elements in some applications. My attention was drawn to «Play Press» update. It looks and feels really revolutionary; I got stuck for a few minutes, and even began to look through the press.