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November 24, 2014
Popular ICEs for mobile hybrid app development

If you want to target multiple mobile platforms without having to maintain a separate code base for each one of them, mobile hybrid apps is one way to go. What mobile hybrid apps won’t do, though, is relieve you of the need to manage and use multiple tools, e.g. building your app for a specific mobile platform requires installing the platform’s native SDK on your machine.

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September 23, 2014
Why Developers Should Embrace User Analytics

In our latest Developer Economics survey we were really surprised to see a dramatic fall in the level of adoption of User Analytics tools. A year ago they were the most popular category of third party tool with…

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September 16, 2014
Top Game Development Tools: Pros and Cons

According to our survey, a surprisingly high 29% of games developers are primarily building their apps without a third party engine*. They have either written their own engines, or are building everything from scratch. Large games studios very often build their own engines and tools, or customise open source solutions to suit their own internal processes and workflow.

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September 10, 2014
Five popular databases for mobile

Embeddable databases try to find their place in a world where mobile applications are smarter, and can take over more tasks in order to become either more independent, in a stand-alone scenario, or more active, in a distributed one. Apart from the five embeddable databases presented here, there are several more. SQL, document-oriented, key-value, object-oriented, graph… Choose the one that best suits the structure of your data (or the lack of it) and the needs of your application and use it.

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August 06, 2014
Agile tools for the Samurai Coder

Scrum, Kanban, XP, pair programming, Agile, we have all heard these terms. The question is can you use the agile way while working on your own? Here’s a simple way to start and three tools to help you change the way you do things.

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July 29, 2014
Users Are People Too: The Key to a Successful App is Knowing Your Users

Given the staggering odds against the success of any app in the marketplace, it is surprising that so much effort is devoted to the creation of apps, many of which never see the light of day.

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July 21, 2014
State of the Developer Nation: The App Economy Consolidates Before the Next Gold Rush

Our 7th Developer Economics survey broke all records again, reaching more than 10,000 app developers from 137 different countries. The full report with the survey findings has just been published and is available for free download! The view of the app economy that they collectively provide is one of consolidation. Developers are focusing their attention […]

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June 16, 2014
How to choose a good mobile ad network

You probably have already tried a handful of mobile ad networks, spending the good part of a day every time to integrate them and have experienced so far both feelings of disappointment and satisfaction. If it helps, you are not the only one.

The road to building a successful app business is not an easy one and you have to constantly experiment with new ad networks and technologies to find the one that best matches your app’s unique needs.

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March 24, 2014
Finding the Right BaaS

Mobile apps — just like any other — need a place to store data. Fortunately, the industry’s push towards outsourced infrastructure (i.e., — “cloud” services) has had a profound impact on both the affordability as well as the availability of cloud-based data storage, often referred to as Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS), or Mobile-Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS)

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March 18, 2014
Which App Stores Should You Use?

Publishing your app in a store can involve significant effort. Depending on your goals some stores can be more attractive than others. If you’re looking to earn direct revenue from your apps, which are the best stores to target? What follows is some general advice backed up by data from our latest survey.

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