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As enterprises build a critical mass of Web services, they need some way of keeping track of those services. UDDI is an ideal store for such information. Using UDDI's built-in abstractions of business services, binding templates, and tModels referring to interface specifications, UDDI can be used to manage all of the addresses and protocols and formats of those services. This information can be used for several purposes, including providing location independence and identification of common supported interfaces among those services. But the amount of information tracked on each Web service is a small subset of the information that companies truly need to manage for each of these services. Developers want to access the actual formats used by those Web services within the registry. This includes objects from the WSDL descriptions of Web services, such as portTypes, an... (more)

App Stores for All Major Smartphones Now Live!

Yesterday Microsoft announced that the Windows Marketplace for Mobile is accepting applications.  This is a great opportunity for mobile developers.  Combined with BlackBerry AppWorld, Android Market and Nokia Ovi Store there are now marketplaces available to facilitate distribution to users of every major smartphone.  This is a great opportunity for developers.  There is now a place to highlight the availability of their app, that doesn’t rely on consumers finding out about you and your app directly.   Just create a great app in a category of a consumer needs and they’ll find ... (more)

Building iPhone Apps for Business

Friday I’m speaking at the Mobile 2.0 conference in Mountain View.   The topic is “iPhone for Business”, which, if I took the topic literally, raises many issues about distribution and maintenance of smartphones in the enterprise. But I’m really just going to focus on the narrower issue of “iPhone apps for business”: how do you build compelling and useful smartphone apps for enterprise information? This is informed primarily by my experience helping companies build smartphone apps for internal use using the Rhodes framework.  Most of these smartphone apps are internal company ap... (more)

Device Diversity

The latest Gartner report on future smartphone market share was an interesting read, as reported by Register Hardware. It fleshed out what we’ve been saying for a while: device diversity is only increasing Specifically it predicts that Android will surpass iPhone in market share by 2012. It also makes a number of other interesting predictions. Specifically that BlackBerry will slip from second place to fifth place. And that Windows Mobile marketshare will increase. What we’re seeing here at Rhomobile is that app developers (including the two thousand apps created on RhoHub alone... (more)

“but isn’t HTML5 enough?” – why mobile usage will always be about native, not web, apps

I’m here at RailsConf 2010. What a great place to talk to current and prospective Rhodes developers! Rails developers all get why its important to have a full Model View Controller framework. They also get pretty excited about the presence of the first mobile Ruby on every smartphone device. Rails developers get the value of Rhodes deeper than any audience I’ve encountered. A couple of the other talks, from otherwise insightful web framework developers, who apparently have “smartphone envy”, were disturbing. One speaker talked about his efforts to make Rails a little better for ... (more)