Mobile and Web Digest (January 2014)

Mobile and Web Digest (January 2014) - Lemberg Solutions Blog

Android highlights:

  • AndroidStaggeredGrid: an Android staggered grid view which supports multiple columns with rows of varying sizes. The StaggeredGridView was developed due to requirements for the Etsy app not met by any existing Android libraries.
  • Android Priority Job Queue (Job Manager) - an implementation of a Job Queue specifically written for Android to easily schedule jobs (tasks) that run in the background, improving UX and application stability.
  • Patterns, Shmatterns: this talk, covers important developments in software development patterns which, if ignored, will lead to errors, failure, and bankruptcy. Miss this talk at your peril.
  • Migrating from ActionBarSherlock to ActionBarCompat: Wolfram Rittmeyer does a thorough job describing how to move from the now end-of-life ActionBarSherlock to Google's ActionBarCompat.
  • The new runtime: ART: Matthias Schaff shares part one of a small series of articles about the newest Android 4.4 Kitkat. The series is supposed to give you a deeper into the internals and changes of Kitkat from a developer/system developer perspective and it starts with the new runtime: ART.
  • Getting started with Android testing: an in depth article describing an automated User Acceptance Testing scenario using Gradle.

iOS news

News and tips on web development

  • Top 10 PHP frameworks for 2014: a list of 10 PHP frameworks every developer should know.
  • JavaScript promises: how to use promises natively in JavaScript.
  • Drupal 8 preview by Acquia: What to Expect. Wondering what to expect from D8? In this webinar, Drupal Core committer Angie Byron will walk you through what’s coming in D8. She will clearly outline how D8 will help you if you are: an end-user, site-builder, front-end developer, or a hardcore nerd.
  • I'm lazy. here, have some PIE: confessions of a lazy Drupal developer.
  • 5 Web technologies you cannot ignore in 2014. This is not a post about 5 cutting-edge technologies that may become relevant in 2014. This is a post about 5 technologies that are ready to be applied to your site today. However, not enough people are taking advantage of them and, most importantly, you simply cannot afford to ignore them any longer.