Category Opinion

A Mobile Developer Lab the Size of a Country!

Last week we attended with Bertrand Dufresne the 2012 edition of Mobilism in Amsterdam, an awesome event set up by many great people, among them Peter-Paul Koch, Stephen Hay and Krijn Hoetmer. One of the most inspiring and useful ideas we brought from Mobilism was the creation of a mobile testing lab, covering a wide […]

How we work

We have been in business for quite a few years, and we have found out several things that work and other that don’t in our activities. We have had our share of successes and failures, as any other business; and we hope to have learnt something along the way. This post will outline the recipes […]

Wordle 2012

Just like last year, here goes the Wordle cloud generated with the most important tags in this blog for 2011! Some subtle differences appear, don’t you think? 🙂

A Shift In The Market Towards Mobile Web Apps

Mobile apps are hardly something new these days. Mobile app stores are ubiquitous, and download and “number of apps” stats do not matter anymore. “Mobile First” is now, more than just a guideline, simply the way business work. In Switzerland, the big craze of mobile apps began with the introduction of the iPhone in June […]

Why do not we outsource projects overseas?

Given the number of times we have been asked about this subject, and the puzzled looks after we give an answer, here goes an official statement: akosma software does not outsource its projects. Against the common opinion of most IT newspapers and blogs, we think there are several reasons to not doing it: Outsourcing is […]

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Article dans com.in Magazine

Le 7 septembre dernier, à Zurich, s’est tenu “Mobile App Stores”, un colloque à propos des plus importants systèmes de distribution de software pour téléphones mobiles. Au programme, des présentations de l’App Store de Apple, de l’App World de BlackBerry, l’Ovi Store de Nokia et également sur des applications web mobiles, construites avec les derniers […]

initWithContentsOfURL: Methods Considered Harmful

As I promised on Twitter, here’s a small discussion about the problems brought by the “initWithContentsOfURL:” family of methods. A quick search in the Xcode documentation browser brings in an interesting list of classes including this initializer (with or without additional parameters): NSArray NSManagedObjectModel NSData NSDictionary NSXMLParser NSMappingModel NSString AVAudioPlayer Don’t get me wrong, the […]

The Dawn of Couch Computing

I haven’t blogged about the iPad until now on purpose; I wanted to let the waters calm down, as January’s announcement was certainly one that left nobody indifferent. The iPad is a disruptive device. Not in the sense of groundbreaking, because there is nothing on the iPad that you couldn’t find in other devices. I […]

10 Things Every iPhone App Designer Should Know

Design is a fundamental part of iPhone app development. It is, without any doubt, the difference between a crappy and a great application. It can be the discriminating factor of life and death on the App Store, and the competition is brilliant and strong. The best teams, like Tapbots, Sophiestication or Jilion have understood that […]