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Best of TechBeacon 2015: Top 10 mobile stories

Mike Barton Managing Editor, TechBeacon

Most developers know mobile should come first. And even when that trend is not on their plates, mobile trends are driving big changes in everyday app dev, especially with expectations for app refresh cycles. In 2016, look for TechBeacon to deliver more on mobile performance engineering, quality and testing, plus we will expand coverage: think more wearables and the Internet of Things plus enterprise mobility. For now, here are the top 10 must-reads from 2015.

How Uber used mobile performance engineering to pull ahead

Uber is the quintessential "unicorn"—not much of a track record, but a valuation that tops $1 billion. But is its success really that ephemeral? Matthew David sat down with Matt Ranney, chief systems architect for Uber, who explained that it all comes down to performance engineering.

Why you should be putting mobile app development first

Everywhere you go these days, you see people in the same posture: head bowed, barely perceptible movement, eyes focused downward. They're all doing the same thing, peering intently at a mobile device—at an application made possible by mobile developers. Mobile is now the dominant way that people interact with the Internet. It's not surprising, then, that mobile app development is becoming a critical enterprise IT skill. So why do so many IT organizations still outsource it?

67 open source tools and resources for IoT

We're now at a pivotal point in human history as we look to open source solutions to accelerate the innovation and adoption of the Internet of Things. Don't start from scratch. Leverage these incredible open source projects and IoT tools to accelerate your product development, writes Scott Amyx.

The state of mobile development: Where do we go from here?

The future of app development is full of possibilities, most of which no one can predict. If you think that every app has already been developed, think again. Technology and big data will enable things that we can't even imagine. New unicorns will undoubtedly emerge, massive fortunes will be minted, and many will be disappointed.

Android's fragmented future: 4 best practices for tackling testing

Android fragmentation makes app testing like trying to put together a puzzle with too many pieces. To make mobile testing manageable, you need to take some of these pieces off the table. Here's how.

6 ways to eliminate the most common security #fails in mobile apps

Creating secure mobile applications boils down to education and resolve, writes Rob Lemos. Developers need to take the time to learn about secure application development and the common vulnerabilities and security weaknesses that creep into applications. Only by incorporating security into their development process—whether through secure design review of third-party libraries, or the simple step of obfuscating the resulting code—can programmers create applications that do not empower attackers, but resist them.

Lessons learned: 3 leading companies share mobile app success stories

Mobile app success isn't all about design. To scale functionality in order to keep users engaged, dev teams must rely on smart architecture, create sustainable data pathways, and keep internal communication systems to a minimum. What happens behind the scenes, in the shadows, and around corners is just as important to an app's success as anything on the face of a user's device.

Mobile trends: It's time for developers to think beyond the app

A convergence of trends is now pushing developers to adopt a new model for app development, one that involves building not just an app, but a "service." Success with this new model hinges not just on their development skills but, more critically, on their operational capabilities.

How mobile developers can kill off zombie apps before they attack

Much noise has been made about the risk mobile malware poses to consumers and businesses, but an even greater threat is posed by apps that have been abandoned by their developers or become stale on mobile devices. Here are some ways developers can head off the zombie apocalypse.

Develop a mobile game the easy way: Use a framework

Whether you're a seasoned game developer or you're just getting started making your first game, a good game framework will make your life significantly easier, writes Amazon's Jesse Freeman.

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