The Mobile Frontier
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Please access the new mobile trail on developerWorks today!
This trial is on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise and features our recently announced IBM Mobile Development Lifecycle Solution (IMDLS).
IMDLS combines the capabilities of the IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution, with the IBM Worklight mobile application platform.
You can access the IMDLS Cloud Trial by filling out the Request an invite form for the IBM developerWorks Cloud Trial. On the form, type in "IMDLS" for the promo code.
Coming soon! A scripted walk through using the sample mobile application for trial users
If you are interested in learning more:
· Blog and highlight video
· Watch IMDLS trial video
· October 30th announcement: IMDLS V4.0
· IBM.com: IBM Mobile Development Lifecycle Solution
· White paper: Mobile Application Development Primer
· Solution brief: Develop enterprise mobile applications with IBM Rational software
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A Dr. Dobb's Journal Live Webcast:
Mobile Apps: Testing For Success
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In this two-part podcast we discuss the best practices and comprehensive set of capabilities for enterprise mobile application development and lifecycle management using an agile methodology. This tightly integrated solution—which leverages our open standards-based mobile application platform and ALM capabilities—delivers capabilities targeted at key mobile development lifecycle stages. Teams can use the solution to more easily support multi-tier mobile application development and to develop and deliver high-quality apps more rapidly, successfully and cost-efficiently. In the first part we discuss the challenges faced by application developers and IBM capabilities and in the second part we discuss the best practices for developing mobile applications . Leigh Williamson and Paridhi Verma, speakers.
Also watch the video "Lifecycle Management in Mobile Application Development" to see how Application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions, with collaborative capabilities, help align the development and delivery of mobile applications with business objectives, within budget and time constraints, while meeting customer needs.
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Watch this video to learn more about the new offering: IBM Mobile Development Lifecycle Solution 4.0.
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Join the Webcast:
Driving and Managing Innovative Mobile Banking and Insurance Applications
Registration Link: https://www.techwebonlineevents.com/ars/eventregistration.do?mode=eventreg&F=1004818&K=CAA1AC
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Mobile computing is probably the hottest topic for development and operations teams right now. Employees in companies large and small have various mobile devices, many of them personal, that they are using for work. Companies all over the world want to exploit the mobile market by providing customers and users with apps that make mobile computing easier. So, it is important for companies to think through not just the development of a mobile capability but also how they will deploy it and how they can ensure the continuity of the capabilities as these change over time.
Read Michael Rowe's recent article that covers how DevOps (development & operations) can help address the issues of deploying different versions of apps to different devices. Article link.
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Testing is a huge challenge for mobile application development. Testing for mobile applications represents a quantum leap in complexity and cost over more traditional applications. Unlike traditional PC and Web applications, the range of potentially supported mobile devices and release levels is staggering. It is quite common to see test matrices for mobile projects that contain hundreds and even thousands of permutations of device, mobile OS level, network carrier, locale, and device orientation combinations.
The majority of mobile apps are multi-tier architecture, with the code running on the device itself being the “front-end” client to data and services supplied by more traditional middle-tier and data center “back-ends”. Effective and comprehensive testing of mobile apps requires that all tiers of the application be addressed, not only the code on the mobile device. The set up and availability of test versions of the middle tier and back-end services can present very large cost and complexity challenges for the testing of mobile applications.
There are multiple approaches to mobile testing:
To learn more about the challenges and various testing approaches read Leigh Williamson’s discussion with Dan Rowinski, ReadWriteWeb: SquashingBugs: The Many Layered Approach to Mobile App Testing.