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Well Played, Microsoft, Well Played

John  Traenkenschuh

Microsoft has always found support for its platforms by providing an excellent development IDE.  Now, that IDE is free, in most circumstances.

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Android Application Battle: Advanced App Killer vs. Task Manager

Brad Yale

I suspect every Android users has, at least once, downloaded the Advanced App Killer. I suspect in an effort to free up RAM and to have more free operational memory allowing the device to run smoother, the idea of the Advanced App Killer appeals to many users. With over 50 million downloads, the Advanced App Killer ranks among the most downloaded applications currently available in the Google Play Store.

Popularity aside, a question needs to be asked: does the Advanced App Killer actually work? When compared to the internal task manager installed in every Android device, is the Advanced App Killer a more efficient avenue to free up memory and RAM?

Is the Advanced App Killer when compared to every Android Task Manager, worth downloading?

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Why Open Source Matters: Musings from All Things Open 2014

Brad Yale

A few months back I wrote a post titled "Why Open Source Matters: Musings from OSCON 2014". The post covered five reasons why Open Source matters. Those reasons were/are:


  1. Code, Glitches and Open Source Security
  2. Open Source Software
  3. GitHub
  4. The Stringent Control of Proprietary Software
  5. The Endless Ability to Test, Play and Alter

While those reasons still ring true, I want to use this space to center in on another topic speaking to why Open Source and OSS matters more than ever: project management and time constraints.

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Mobile Malware and Fake Apps: Hong Kong, China and The New York Times

Brad Yale

For the past week or so, Hong Kong has erupted with peaceful demonstrations advocating for the ousting of the Chinese premiere and the right to peacefully and openly elect his replacement. While the Chinese premiere, Xi Jinping, looks to be going nowhere one thing has become clear - the mobile devices and Internet connections which helped to grow the nightly demonstrations are quietly suffering an inward meta problem - malware, viruses and fake applications.

As mobile platforms become more prominent and are used more robustly to organize, carry out financial transactions and conduct daily personal business, the time has come to address mobile malware and fake applications.

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Which new phone is best?

John  Traenkenschuh

How do you evaluate the many new mobile device choices?

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Operating System Battleground: iOS vs. Android

Brad Yale

Unification: [yoo-nuf-fi-key-shuh n]; Noun. Origin: Unify, 1495 – 1505, Late Latin

  1. The process of unifying or uniting; union
  2. The state or condition of being unified
  3. iOS

Varied: [vair-eed]; Adj. Origin: Vary, 1300 – 1350, Middle English, Latin

  1. Characterized by exhibiting variety; various; diverse; diversified
  2. Changed; altered
  3. Having several different colors; variegated
  4. Android

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Why Open Source Matters: Musings from OSCON

Brad Yale

With OSCON taking place in Oregon from 7/20/2014 – 7/24/2014, the Open Source community will come together to discuss everything new in the Open Source world. From OSS to Java, Python to PHP, Cloud Computing to Perl and emerging programming languages to mobile platforms, the Open Source community has a lot to chat about.

This said, I wanted to take the time to discuss why the Open Source initiative matters by highlighting a few key elements of the protocol which help to make it so powerful.

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Five Excellent Reasons to Create a Mobile App

Brad Yale

The truth is, you don’t need me to tell you why you should create a killer mobile app. Our world is filled with an ever increasing amount of mobile devices, programmers, coders and excellent ideas just waiting for an app to bring it to public consumption. I am going to present five reasons why you should create a mobile app but really, you only need one: you love mobile applications.

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Top Five Reasons to Learn Game Development

Brad Yale

Maybe you love video games. Maybe you were raised on a steady diet of Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem, Duck Hunt and Sim City. Or maybe you have always dabbled in C++, HTML5, OpenGL, C# and DirectX and have wondered how and why you should apply your programming skills to game development. Well, for you, the coder who loves kicking butt in Eve Online, we present to you the top five reasons to learn game dev.

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The Fight for The Mobile App Market: Android vs. iOS

Brad Yale

If you’re a developer looking to make an impact on the Android and Apple App markets, how do you choose your starting point? Do you code for the Google Play Store or do you code for the Apple App Store? Learn more inside about the keys to conquering the Android and Apple app market.

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Mobile App Development Books - 30% off at Barnes & Noble

Stephane Nakib

Now through April 9, 2014 you can get 30% off these iOS and Android programming books at select Barnes & Noble stores (175 stores in all!) and save up to 44% on the Nook editions. 

Find a location near you. 

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