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Yes, You Really Can Use WordPress To Build Apps
On a recent episode of the WordPress podcast, The DradCast, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg said that “when you think about it, we’re kind of building a web operating system.” This remark mirrored statements he made in last year’s State of the Word address about making WordPress into a foundation for mobile apps.

Not only has WordPress itself evolved into a more suitable tool for app development, but there’s also a slew of new plugins and services available that make it even easier to build web and mobile apps.

Thanks to these developments, WordPress is a relatively easy and affordable option for app development. In this article, I will explain the key questions and concerns you need to address before starting any WordPress app project. I will also introduce you to some options to address these issues.
wordpress  webapps  webdevelopment 
june 2014 by Aetles
Forecast Blog
So why does it feel as if the average native app is so much better than the average web app?

The reason, I think, is this: it’s easy to make web pages. Anyone with a text editor and a browser can do it. You can learn the basics and actually publish a website in a weekend, as an amateur, without much trouble. Making a native iOS app, by contrast, is difficult and time consuming: you have to pay Apple $99; you have to download XCode and learn how to use it, along with a strange language called Objective-C; you have to create, sign, and upload certificates; you have to compile your code and figure out how to run it on your device; and you have to publish it for others to see, which requires navigating all the rules, regulations, and technical issues surrounding the App Store. All these things make for a large barrier to entry that just doesn’t exist on the web.

As a result of all this, you’re left with a sort of selection bias: the developers who goes through all the trouble to learn how to make native apps are, on average, much more serious about it than the average person is about making web pages. It’s no surprise that the quality of their work is also, on average, much higher.

And this, in turn, leads many serious developers to abandon the web in favor of native app development. Even so, most iOS apps are still pretty crummy! It is extremely difficult to produce a quality app. It takes a tremendous amount of skill, discipline, and sheer will to turn an idea into an app that is both attractive and a pleasure to use. This is true no matter what technology it is built on.

With that in mind, I’d like to dedicate the rest of this post to outlining various things we’ve learned while developing Forecast, in hopes that it’ll encourage others to build great mobile experiences.
appdevelopment  ios  apps  webapps 
april 2013 by Aetles
ZenPen ~ Minimal Distraction, Maximim Zen
A minimalist writing zone, where you can block out all distractions and get to whats important. The writing!

To get started, all you need to do is delete this text (seriously, just highlight it and hit delete), and fill the page with your own fantastic words.

You can use bold, italics or both just by highlighting the text and selecting them from the tiny options box that appears above it.

Quotes are easy to add too!
Then save and share your writings... everything is passed via url, so none of your information is stored.
editor  tools  writing  wysiwyg  webapps 
january 2013 by Aetles
Implementing Smart App Banners - David Smith
iOS 6 introduces a new feature to Safari that should help app developers clean up their websites and convert more visitors into customers. Apple calls it Smart App Banners. The goal of this feature is to provide app developers with an easy way to direct visitors of their website to their app without having to resort to awful and clumsy pop-ups.
apple  development  ios  webapps  web 
september 2012 by Aetles

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