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Facebook may have dropped HTML5 for native to build a better iOS app, but despite the social network's high-profile breakup, a new survey of more than 4,000 developers indicates that HTML5 is not down and out.
In fact, it's far from it according to mobile app development software vendor Kendo, which found that 94% of mobile developers it polled are either using HTML5 today or plan to use it this year.
Can you turn a grumpy developer into a happy developer? In many cases, the answer is 'Absolutely!', but when it comes to client-service provider relationships, service providers often have legitimate complaints about their clients.
So can service providers turn their nightmare clients into dream clients? In many case, the answer is the same: absolutely!
In cities like San Francisco and New York, developers are living large. The latest internet boom has produced a new crop of billion-dollar internet giants and countless startups.
But outside of the hottest markets, the notion that developers are often grumpy and difficult to work with is still common.
Needless to say, most developers are normal people (read: not chemically imbalanced) and the bedside manner of any given developer is probably just as variable as any other professional.
With over a billion dollars in funding and speculation that it could be headed toward an IPO in the not-too-distant future, it's no surprise that Twitter's efforts to monetize its user base have increased substantially in the past year.
The latest ad offering Twitter is experimenting with? Surveys.
There's arguably never been a better time to be a developer.
Looking for a full-time job? If you have the chops, they are plentiful, and if you're in a hot market, salaries are high. Not interested in the nine-to-five routine? Freelance opportunities abound and investors are still pouring big bucks into startups, with many focusing on backing entrepreneurial engineers who can turn their ideas into code.
But if all success on the web and mobile internet required was a few hundred thousand lines of awesome Ruby code, a few NoSQL databases here and there and a clever Amazon AWS-based architecture, there would be a lot more Facebooks out there.
What's missing for many companies? One word: design.
As mobile's prominence has grown, so too have the myths about what it takes to create and execute on a successful mobile strategy.
Given the size of the mobile opportunity, the size of the challenges and the speed with which mobile ecosystems are evolving, it's not surprising that many of these myths are accepted at face value. Unfortunately for companies trying to make mobile progress, some of these myths are detrimental.
Ask any executive at a popular consumer internet company about mobile, and chances are she will tell you largely the same thing: mobile is absolutely crucial. For many companies, upstarts and established players alike, that means one thing: getting mobile apps right.
But while some of the biggest names in social seem to be moving in the right direction vis-à-vis their mobile apps, one may be moving in the wrong direction.
NoSQL may be one of the most overhyped technology trends in the past couple of years, and a growing number of companies that left their relational databases behind for a NoSQL fling are rethinking their decisions.
Yet organizations continue to adopt NoSQL solutions and investors are still eager to pour money into vendors behind the most popular of them.
Are they crazy, or has some of the NoSQL skepticism been overdone?
The truth of the matter is that, hype aside, there is a role for NoSQL solutions to play in a world consumed by data, and increasingly companies are making smart decisions about when to use relational databases and when to turn to their NoSQL cousins.
Recruiting is a difficult task for many companies today. Recruiting mistakes are easy to make, and thanks to the demand for workers with digital skill sets, competition for talent is fierce.
That competition isn't only making it harder for companies to find and recruit the employees they need to grow their businesses, it's also increasing one of the things that keeps many CEOs awake at night: employee poaching.
Twitter's API has been one of the most popular on the consumer internet for years, but Twitter's relationship with developers has at times been quite tumultuous.
There's a good reason for that: as Twitter has grown into one of the largest social networking companies in the world, making money has become far more important than keeping developers happy.
For developers building things that potentially threaten or limit Twitter's ability to earn revenue, that has meant trouble.
Microsoft is making big, bold bets on its new operating system, Windows 8, which is set for release later this year.
Windows 8 is, in large part, Microsoft's response to a world that is increasingly mobile, and in which tablet devices may be competing with desktops for consumers' computing time.