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Ian Thain

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Web Development and SDK Development each offer distinct advantages to the iPhone  Developer. One uses your favorite web-based language, HTML, Custom Style Sheets and JavaScript for the Safari Browser on the iPhone. The other to run native Objective-C applications on the device, written with Apple's Development tools suite headed by XCode. At a high level, Web Developers benefit from ease of simple development, deployment and updating speed, where SDK Developers benefit from integration with the iPhone core device features and native speed that allows the creation of complex solutions. So I set out over the last two months, with the aid of the LinkedIn Polls feature to gauge the trend and here's my result As I mentioned already, each way of developing has advantages, so the figure of 47% for those quite rightly airing on the side of caution and taking the conservativ... (more)

Geek My Reality Show...Cool!

Having been the lone male in my house for a long time, I get outvoted on many things, but especially the TV. Luckily I am proud to say that I am a tech/gadget geek, as well as an admirer and part-time developer for iPhone, so I sometimes retire to my study in the evenings to investigate tech trends & code. One thing that crossed my mind a few months ago is the distinct lack of tech shows on TV, especially for the coolest and most talked about device around.... the iPhone. I thought to myself..."Wouldn't it be cool to tune into the Discovery Channel and see a documentary on an iP... (more)

The Secret's Out!

August is always an interesting month for me at Sybase. It's the month Sybase holds its User Training & Solutions Conference and employees like me get to meet a lot of customers and partners face-to-face. This year was no exception and I was thrilled to meet the folks, who I believe are the leaders responsible for the coolest weapons in the road warrior's arsenal. Who am I talking about? Why HTC of course, one of our great sponsors this year. In fact if TechWave were a Bond movie (forget Jason Bourne; I'm British and was raised on the one and only one JB), HTC would be Q, the guy... (more)

Google Adds Editing Capabilities to the Mobile Version of its Spreadsheet Program

I wanted to flag a post on PhoneScoop by Eric Zeman that appeared recently. Eric writes that "Google has added editing capabilities to the mobile version of their spreadsheet program".  These new features will allow users to open the document on their smartphone and make changes that will be reflected when the document is next opened on a desktop computer. I think this is a great example of mobile phones gaining more functionality for the enterprise, and this additional functionality is certainly beneficial in today’s mobile business world. Though now I believe you can't loose si... (more)

Five Days to SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit

We now have just 5 days until SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit in New York's Roosevelt Hotel. During the now two-day event, there will be nine presenters as well as exhibitors, such as Sybase Today I give the spotlight to two more of our presenters: Mastering View Controllers - Ernie Svehla - Chief Architect, IntelliObject In this session we take a detailed look at best practices for leveraging the various view controllers bundled with the iPhone SDK. We start off with a quick review of the critical role view controllers play in the development of iPhone applications then dive int... (more)