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Mobile Application Development And Its Different Aspects

Gone are the days when cell phones were used only to make and receive calls. They have, indeed, turned into mini computers these days and allow you to do almost all the stuff that you can do with a fast and robust PC. Mobile application development is becoming immensely popular for the current boom in the smartphone market, and a considerable number of web developers, around the globe, are developing apps for smartphones like iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and Nokia phones.  Every day, you hear about some new smarter and better mobile applications for mobile games, web browsing, emails, videos, internet faxing and social networking.

I have no qualm to say that smartphones like iPhone, BlackBerry and Android have become a craze or to say an obsession these days, and the same is true about application development for these smartphones. Considering this Smartomania, a large number of companies are paying utmost attention to develop business and other type of applications for smartphones. Mobile web development, mobile game development and other application development in .NET and Java are gaining ground these days. For many companies, it has become difficult to meet these increasing demands for mobile application development and they are looking for outsourcing their iPhone, Android, Blackberry and other mobile application development projects to other countries.  Certain elements or aspects are important to consider when deciding about the kind of mobile application development one needs to have:

1. There are different applications for different platforms and one application can’t work when used on the other platforms. These platforms are totally different from one another and they can run only those applications which developed with technologies compatible to them. If an application is developed for BlackBerry or Android, it can’t run on iPhone or Windows mobile. That’s why it’s important to pick the right platform for smartphone applications development.  iPhone applications development, Android and BlackBerry applications development are some popular options these days.

2. You need to keep your targeted customers in mind when deciding to outsource your mobile application development project to some company. These will be your target audience who make it easier for you to decide whether you need to develop a cell phone business application or they are your individual customers who will use this mobile application. It would make it easier for you to determine the technology and design for that application.

3. Timeframe and cost of development is another important aspect of mobile application development. You need to determine the cost and the right timeframe for the launch of your product. You need to do some research on the other similar products available in the market. It will definitely help you determine the right price and time of launch for your product. You need to make sure that the development would be done within the given timeframe when choosing an application development company to outsource your project. Proper scheduling is, indeed, the most important aspect when hiring an offshore company for your project.

Proper planning and consideration to these three elements can help you make your offshore mobile application development a real breeze.

E-commerce Websites and PHP as a Scripting Language

E-commerce is all about cutthroat competition these days, and you can’t overlook even the slightest aspect of you customers’ contentment. If you ignore that fact, you are unknowingly benefiting your competitors and allowing your customers to buy from them. One of the most important aspects is website speed and you need to pay special attention to speed when developing an e-commerce website. Any website, which instantly responds to customers’ needs, becomes a favorite source for them. Customers not only like to shop from such websites, but they also like to use it again. That’s why developers of e-commerce websites keep speed on top priority when developing e-commerce websites.

PHP or Hypertext Preprocessor programming language is being widely used in e-commerce websites development. It allows developers to generate dynamic pages with syntax like C, Java and Perl. Your script becomes almost impossible to steal if written in PHP and this one is the biggest advantage of using PHP. Apart from swiftness, there are several other advantages of PHP in e-commerce website development.

  • MySQL database and PHP combination is an effective tool to develop e-commerce websites. This affordable, but remarkably fast system is being widely used in an array of applications these days. Creating shopping cart and many other e-commerce tools become quite easy with this combination.
  • The loading time of some website can be reduced by making the most of switch () function. Comparison of a variable against several values can be done quite quickly.
  • A website can also become speedier with exit () function. This function closes the whole script and nothing keeps working after that. This function can be used not only to increase an e-commerce website speed, but gives better finishing to the script as well.
  • The start/end functions can also be used to calculate PHP scripts execution time. With PHP.ini file, php script execution time also be boosted or decreased according to your requirement. In e-commerce website development, this execution time calculation is considered a vital function.
  • Compiling or simply caching the dynamic pages can also prove very effective to boost speed.

Google has been backing website owners to improve their website speed, and recently the search giant has announced that website speed will be used as an important parameter for search engine ranking. In these circumstances, it becomes a matter of utmost importance for websites owners to check the speed of their websites.

Expected Gold Rush in Mobile Business Apps Development

Considering the current sensation for smart phones and tablet PCs, a large number of software developers are expecting a gold rush for business applications development.

A recent study from IBM indicates that tech pros from all corners of the world are expecting a huge increase in business application development for devices like Apple’s iPhone, iPad, Google Android phones and BlackBerry devices such as PlayBook and its other smart phones. According to the survey, which included 2000 pros from 87 countries, most software developers are expecting that  mobile apps development will surpass any other kind of business software development in the next three or four years.

According to Forrester Research’s senior analyst Jeffery Hammond, “Mobile devices have become and they are going become a lot more powerful than what they are today.  Software development for these devices is becoming easy, and soon there will be somewhat innumerable players trying out their luck in mobile apps development.”

Many tech-savvy users are looking for smart solutions to incorporate leads and contacts from their computer based Twitter and Facebook accounts into their cell phones.

IBM developers relations manager Jim Corgel says: “The fundamental demand here is for simple, secure and easy access to information that’s going to help people do their business without being tethered to an office.”

There will be steady growth in the development of generic mobile business applications that are directly marketed to enterprise customers. The technologies these developers are developing are not likely to crop up in online stores that seem to focus more on their consumers.

Considering the current sensation for smart phones and tablet PCs, a large number of software developers are expecting a gold rush for business applications development.

A recent study from IBM indicates that tech pros from all corners of the world are expecting a huge increase in business applications development for devices like Apple’s iPhone, iPad, Google Android phones and BlackBerry devices such as PlayBook and its other smart phones. According to the survey, which included 2000 pros from 87 countries, most software developers are expecting that mobile apps development will surpass any other kind of business software development in the next three or four years.

According to Forrester Research’s senior analyst Jeffery Hammond, “Mobile devices have become and they are going become a lot more powerful than what they are today. Software development for these devices is becoming easy, and soon there will be somewhat innumerable players trying out their luck in mobile apps development.”

Many tech-savvy users are looking for smart solutions to incorporate leads and contacts from their computer based Twitter and Facebook accounts into their cell phones.

IBM developers relations manager Jim Corgel says: “The fundamental demand here is for simple, secure and easy access to information that’s going to help people do their business without being tethered to an office.”

There will be steady growth in the development of generic mobile business applications that are directly marketed to enterprise customers. The technologies these developers are developing are not likely to crop up in online stores that seem to focus more on their consumers.

Nupack: Microsoft Offers Early Version of Open Source Package Manager for .Net

Microsoft has just released an open source package manager [Nupack] for the .Net program. Microsoft corporate VP for developer division Scott Guthrie says in a blog post that with the release of this new open source package manager; search, installation and use of .Net libraries in some project would become a lot easier. .Net project types that include MVC and Webforms of ASP.Net have been used in the development of the Nupack.

However, it has not been revealed whether Nupack is an open source package or not, as open source software is something that Microsoft is not known for.  But now in this Nupack case, it seems that it is an open source package indeed.

According to software giant’s open source approach, the developers are encouraged to develop open source programs work under its Windows OS by making the most of its different toolsets and proprietary languages. In this way, they lock in the users and developers to purchase their highly priced software.

The Vole is working with the very aim of making the Nupack the simplest and easiest to incorporate Open source libraries that exist within the projects of .Net. Guthrie has promised that Nupack will support all the coming version of Visual Studio.

Guthrie says that NuPack tools for clients will include complete integration for Visual Studio that will make it insignificant for those developers who use .Net libraries for easy installation and finding of them in the project they work on.

“Today’s releases further evolve and enhance the Microsoft Web Stack.” “All of the capabilities work with .Net 4 and 2010 and do not modify any existing files that ship with it — they are all additive and safe to install on your machine,” Guthrie adds.

Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1

Those lighthouse customers that tested Windows 7 initial upgrade and Windows Server 2008 R2 should install a security update, which is designed to fix the vulnerabilities in the ASP.NET that other Windows users also had to face during the last month.

This security update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 is available for Windows 7 SPI Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 SPI Beta as well as. .NET Framework4 fixes can also be downloaded from Microsoft Download centre.

During the last month, MS10-070 [Security Bulletin] was released by Microsoft that plugged the security issues in ASP.NET. The security issues concerning ASP. NET was publicly known. It also affected almost all the versions of .NET software which was developed after 3.5 SP1.

Microsoft is known to fix vital vulnerabilities in the software that are still in progress. But now it seems that the software giant has adopted a different strategy to tackle this new situation.  The company had to offer Window 7 SP1 update while it was still in Beta.

According to Microsoft, “The vulnerability could allow information disclosure. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could read data, such as the view state, which was encrypted by the server.”

“This vulnerability can also be used for data tampering, which, if successfully exploited, could be used to decrypt and tamper with the data encrypted by the server. Microsoft .NET Framework versions prior to Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 are not affected by the file content disclosure portion of this vulnerability.”

The Silicon Valley based company says that ASP .NET vulnerability occurred because of the improper handling of the errors that appeared in the verification of encryption padding.

This vulnerability in .NET Framework 3.5 SPI will give the hackers the opportunity to get hold of any content found in ASP .NET application.  Web.config file is also included in them.

 

 

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