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13+1 Tips For Smarter RESTful API Development

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              For accessing and implementing remote services in applications, software developers have two alternative protocol choices for developing APIs. The first (and the older) option is to go with SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) APIs, which fetch data as services. For public APIs in particular though, this approach is no longer that popular. In a recent… Read More »

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Top 12 Advantages Of Outsourcing IT Projects

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              More than 50% information technology firms across the world outsource their projects, either fully or partially. According to a 2016-17 IT Outsourcing Statistics report, around 40% of application development firms increased the degree of outsourcing last year (as opposed to a measly 9% firms actually reducing their outsourcing activities). In particular, both the level and… Read More »

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How To Design Your APIs? Here Are Some Useful Tips!

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              Like every other type of software, the success of application program interfaces (APIs) hinges crucially on the type of user-experience they provide. There is, however, a significant point of difference. While user-oriented software (mobile apps, for instance) need to be easily usable for the general public, APIs have to be accepted by developers – who… Read More »

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Top 10 API Security Threats You Should Be Wary Of

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              Instances of cyber hacks and software attacks are increasing at an alarming rate. In 2015, the year-on-year spike in the total number of ‘zero-day vulnerabilities’ (instances of cyber attacks for which fixes were not yet available) jumped by more than 125%. Like any other piece of software, APIs can also be compromised by these hack… Read More »

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7 Reasons Why You Should Build API Driven Solutions For Your Mobile Apps

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              It won’t be overstating facts if APIs were referred to as the ‘foundational technology’ behind application development. API-driven development methods were in focus since the start of Web 2.0 technology, although the attention on APIs has really spiked in the last half a decade or so. APIs bolster the performance of mobile apps in two… Read More »

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Top 13 Tips On How To Optimize Your API Strategy

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              The importance of APIs – often dubbed as the ‘fossil fuel for the next generation’ – is growing rapidly in the world of business. In a recent survey, it was found that around 72% of all enterprises already have well-defined API strategies in place. What’s more, 1 out of every 2 companies were generating (or… Read More »

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Enterprise API Management: 12 Things You Need To Know

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              Business enterprises are moving towards a centralized ‘API economy’ at a rapid rate. It has been predicted that, by the end of 2018, more than 85% of all the large enterprises across the globe will set up their very own API programs*. The move towards enterprise APIs is fueled by a number of factors –… Read More »

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Top 15 App Ideas For 2017

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              In February 2016, the total number of apps available for download at the Google Play Store touched the 2 million mark. It took a little longer for Apple App Store to reach the milestone, which it finally arrived at in June. Given the sheer variety of iPhone and Android applications currently at the online stores,… Read More »

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Are You Familiar With These 9 API Testing Tools?

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              Among the many concerns of API providers, the biggest is related to API quality and performance (as highlighted in a previous post). In a API security webinar conducted by SmartBear and Axway, 56% of the attendees mentioned that security is a ‘very important’ feature in APIs. Rather strangely, only around 12% of the same group… Read More »

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Top 20 Under-30 CEOs Of 2016

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              If your idea of a successful CEO is a portly figure with receding hairline, wrinkled forehead and a bit of graying around the temples, you won’t be far off. The average age of the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies is 58* – and more than 50% of CEOs across the world are at least in… Read More »

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15 API Industry Trends To Watch Out For In 2017

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              From looking up addresses on Google Maps, to pulling up the shopping cart on e-commerce portals – APIs are being used everywhere. According to a recent report, 40+ new APIs are created and added every week – a fair indication of the rate at which the global ‘API economy’ is growing. We will here take… Read More »

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Swagger API Framework – 12 Things You Need To Know

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              Since its release in 2011, the Swagger API framework has rapidly grown in popularity among mobile app developers. The framework supports practically all popular programming languages as well as deployment environments, enhancing its usability. According to users, Swagger represents an improvement over both the manual API data maintenance method, as well as Web Application Description… Read More »

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10 Reasons To Use Apigee And Usergrid For Your Next Mobile Apps

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              The importance of backend services for mobile applications (already discussed in an earlier post) can hardly be overemphasized. The trick lies in finding a backend API tool that is robust enough to allow smooth data management as well as user-handling on one hand, as well as keep a tab on the overall resources required for… Read More »

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Top 10 Backend API Technologies (BaaS) To Use For App Development

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              The traditional ‘mobile-first’ approach for creating applications is pretty much outdated right now. The responsibilities of app developers go beyond simply making a website, and then following it up with custom software for the iOS or the Android (as the case might be) platform. Most apps have to be connected to a secure cloud service… Read More »

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Why Should Every Business Need An API And An App?

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                 On average, 6 out of every 10 listings on eBay are done via their APIs. On microblogging site Twitter, close to 15 billion APIs are called everyday. We are well and truly in the midst of a booming ‘API economy’ – with more than 15000 APIs being accessible on ProgrammableWeb (by May 2016).… Read More »

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Objective C vs Swift: Which Is The Better Language For iOS Developers?

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              In a Stack Overflow 2016 survey, Apple’s Swift programming language came in second in the list of ‘most loved programming languages’ (behind Rust). Objective-C – for so long the go-to language for iOS app developers – was nowhere on the list, and in fact, it was mentioned among the ‘most dreaded languages’ this year. The… Read More »

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Top 12 Acquisitions By Apple

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              The news of Apple acquiring Gliimpse – a health startup founded by two Indian entrepreneurs – is making all the headlines at present. The move is a direct riposte to the recent acquisition of Genee by Microsoft Corporation. With Gliimpse, Apple seems all set to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for compiling and… Read More »

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Mobile App Developers Worldwide: Key Stats & Figures

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              According to a recent worldwide survey, nearly 46% of all professional software developers are into making mobile applications. The global community of app developers has been expanding at a rapid clip over the last five years or so, and currently stands at just a shade under 8.9 million worldwide. Practically every country has a large… Read More »

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Why Is Apple’s iPad Struggling?

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              In 2016 Q1, the iPad accounted for nearly 22% of the total tablet shipments worldwide. Samsung, with less than 15% market share, was a fairly distant second. However, the picture is not rosy at all, when sales figures in absolute terms are considered. In the last quarter, Apple shipped approximately 9.9 million units of iPads.… Read More »

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Apple WWDC 2016: Top 14 Announcements At The Keynote

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              It’s over. While this year’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) will continue till the 17th of June in San Francisco (Moscone West), the keynote is done and dusted – and we have plenty to talk about the latest ‘new’ stuff from Apple. Many software experts and mobile app developers have dubbed WWDC 2016 as an… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – The Recipe For Making Highly Addictive Mobile Games

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              For a couple of days last week, the internet connection at our office was – let’s put it this way – rather shaky. Things were slow, and whenever the net was taking one of its (frustratingly frequent!) breathers, most of our in-house developers and testers got busy with their phones – catching up with the… Read More »

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How Can You Correctly Validate Your App Idea?

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              It is no longer as easy to hit on a good app idea as it was even 3-4 years ago. Both iTunes as well as Google Play Store has literally hundreds of mobile apps belonging to the same category/genre – and it is nothing short of a challenge to think up a concept that is… Read More »

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Xcode 7 for iOS App Developers: What’s New?

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              Within a month of its release, the latest iteration of Apple’s integrated development environment – Xcode 7 – has received the thumbs-up from mobile software and app developers worldwide. Last week, Xcode 7.1 was made available (after 6 beta releases), with extended support for tvOS. In what follows, we will highlight some of the best… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – The Journey From An Idea To An App

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              At times, you just know that you have chanced upon a good app idea. And then, all goes to waste – because you spend too much time procrastinating on how it can actually be transformed into a mobile application (or whether doing so would be even possible). The notion of learning the basics of iOS/Android… Read More »

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Are You Aware Of These New SpriteKit Features In iOS 8?

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              When the iOS 8 platform was launched by Apple, the SpriteKit framework received quite a few new features – geared to make the tool more developer-friendly. In what follows, some of these new SpriteKit features have been listed.   Released with iOS 7, SpriteKit has fast become the preferred mobile game development tool for many… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – How NOT To Use Mobile Apps?

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              Let’s start off this week’s AppBoard Tuesday (ABT) with a rather remarkable statistic. Last year, on average, 1 out of every 5 downloaded mobile apps were opened only once within the first six months by users. Feel that this is a pretty damning evidence in favor of the fact that most apps are viewed as… Read More »

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iOS App Submission Guidelines: A 16-Point Checklist

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              Every quarter, a significant percentage of the total number of apps submitted at the Apple Store gets rejected. In what follows, we have highlighted some important points that would boost the chances of an app being approved.   Unlike at the Google Play Store, getting new apps approved at the Apple App Store can be… Read More »

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Mobile Trends & Figures 2015: From The Developers’ Perspective

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              Keeping track of the latest mobile trends and updates is absolutely essential for developers who wish to earn professional success. In today’s discussion, we have summarized the most noteworthy facts and figures from the domain of smart devices and app platforms from the first few months of this year.     A lot has been… Read More »

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Top Reasons Why Samsung Galaxy S6 Will Not Be An ‘iPhone 6-Killer’

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              The reviews of the recently released Samsung Galaxy S6 have been mostly positive, and the sales have been highly impressive. However, it is not quite the ‘iPhone 6-killer’ that both Google and Samsung had hyped it to be.   Over the years, many smartphones have been hailed as ‘iPhone-killers’. The Samsung Galaxy S6, launched on… Read More »

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First Impressions Of Apple Watch: 15 Points Of Note

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              Apple Watch, arguably the most talked about smart device in recent times, started shipping from last Friday. We have here done a round-up of the opinions of users on some of the features of this eagerly anticipated smartwatch.     The biggest tech gadget release of the year is already upon us. Apple Watch, which… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – Simple Tricks To Serve App Clients Better

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              “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company – from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton There probably has never been a truer thing spoken about the corporate world. Think of it this way – someone contacts your company for… Read More »

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Eclipse vs NetBeans – Which Is The Better IDE For Android App Development?

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              Eclipse is the go-to Java IDE for most coders working on Android applications. However, there are two other perfectly good alternatives to Eclipse available as well – NetBeans and Intellij Idea. We have here done a comparison study between Eclipse and NetBeans.   Most comparative analyses regarding the integrated development environments (IDEs) for Android developers… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday: Mobile App Designing – Do-s & Don’t-s

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              Brilliant app concepts count for very little if graphic designers botch up the interface of the application. If you browse through the 1.3 million+ apps at iTunes and Play Store, you will come across many applications which are difficult to even understand, let alone using them. A simple rule of thumb needs to be followed… Read More »

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Beach Magic At Manadarmani – The Destination For Our Latest Office Outing!

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              A Weekend To Remember Two days of pure, unadulterated fun – that’s what the entire Teks team was planning for, this weekend (5-6 April). We had animated discussions, frantic search for cool weekend destinations on the internet, and even a couple of heated arguments – before Mandarmani was zeroed in on. Those who were willing… Read More »