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 it.
It does beg the question however: is there sufficient consumer demand on any
of these one platforms (with the possible exception of iPhone) to justify
writing an app for just that one platform. This is where we are seeing
the most demand for the Rhodes framework: the need to create a g... (more)
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)
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
But the amount of information tracked on each W... (more)
Web services have emerged as an excellent method of integrating pairs of
applications. Free and cheap Web services development tools from many
different vendors make it easy to expose one application's capabilities to
other applications that wish to invoke them. But, given recent trends and
innovations in Web service standards for more complex integrations of
multiple applications from many parties, integrating applications two-by-two
with tightly coupled simple Web services may not be the best approach.
In this article, I'll take a look at a reasonably complex integration
We’ve had over a thousand customers sign up to the RhoHub service over the
last month since we launched on November 4th at the iPhone Developer Summit.
They are now asking “ok I’ve built my app really quickly. Now what do I
need to do to distribute it on the App Store or elsewhere?” We ask that you
either open source your app by making the source public and putting a GPLv3
license on it (we’ll automate this latter step soon). Or purchase a
commercial license if you want to keep your source private.
Some people say “oh, you’re dual licensing like MySQL. So does that mean
that I g... (more)