Parse’s announcement that it will be winding down has surely come down as an unfortunate surprise to a lot of app developers especially indie developers who found the holy grail in Parse. Lot of well known apps have been written with Parse as a backend and there are still quite a few apps with millions of installations that are using Parse as the backend. It appears that Facebook has mercilessly pulled the rug from under these app developers.
Since launch, the iPad has seen several marketing thrusts to position it as a device that can ‘do a lot’ – primarily to counter the talk of it being merely for consumption of content. In May last year, Apple released the ‘Everything changes with iPad’ ad – ‘take on a new project, pick up a new skill, or start a new hobby’.
When Robosoft Technologies ventured into software development in the mid-90s or into mobile app development in late 2000s, crystal ball gazing wasn’t in vogue. Now that it is, especially around this time of the year, let me share my views on the business of mobile app development in the months to come.
Why was a Swift developer arrested on the beach?
Because he thought clothing was optional.
Traditionally, we have all dealt with variables as having some value at any point in time during the execution of the program and use them assuming they will contain some value.
For Net Banking transactions, OTP continues to be a very popular 2-factor authentication mechanism. The primary device being used is a desktop computer or a laptop. The one-time password is being sent on a completely different device (out-of-band) and hence it serves as a strong 2FA approach. For Mobile Banking transactions, the primary device used for transactions and the device for receiving OTP is the same. So, this is not out-of-band. Hence it may be considered as a weak 2FA approach. How do different companies resolve this problem ?
Error handling is one of the fundamental concepts of programming. A program without error handling is like a country without a justice system. Your app will behave in an unruly manner with no one to bring order to the program.Any programmer worth his salt should handle errors in his/her code.
Tech folks will agree that Unit testing and test driven development is a good concept but is seldom practiced. Its usefulness and importance is much eulogised by doyens like Bob Martin, Kent Beck et al.