Developer Tools & Open Source

Developer & Open Source Briefs

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC  |  June 01, 2016

Xamarin Enveloped by Microsoft (News - Alert)

Microsoft is buying Xamarin, a mobile app development platform provider out of San Francisco. “Xamarin’s approach enables developers to take advantage of the productivity and power of .NET to build mobile apps, and to use C# to write to the full set of native APIs and mobile capabilities provided by each device platform,” Scott Guthrie (News - Alert), executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group at Microsoft, wrote in a Feb. 24 blog. “This enables developers to easily share common app code across their iOS, Android (News - Alert) and Windows apps while still delivering fully native experiences for each of the platforms.” More than 15,000 customers and more than 1.3 million developers use the Xamarin platform. 

Dialogic (News - Alert) Partners with TeleStax

Application platform provider TeleStax has partnered with Dialogic. That relationship entails the companies integrating the Dialogic PowerMedia XMS media server functionality in the TeleStax Restcomm C3 application deployment platform.

Also, Dialogic will include TeleStax Restcomm as part of its Application Development Practice to enable scalable WebRTC-based voice, video, and messaging solutions.

Kwicr Is Snapped Up

Instart Logic has purchased Kwicr. The former company is a provider of application delivery solutions. The acquired is a market leader in mobile application acceleration for Apple (News - Alert) and Android platforms. The deal will allow Instart Logic, which just closed a $45 million Series D funding round, to provide end-to-end application acceleration for web, hybrid, and native applications. “Mobile devices and especially mobile apps have become the premier method for content consumption,” said Manav Mital, CEO of Instart Logic. “We approach content delivery from the lens of that wireless last mile – the first impression an app makes on consumers. Kwicr is aligned in our vision of delivering fast content and focused on perfecting a seamless user experience.” 

New Programs Help with DevOps 

VeriStor has introduced solutions to help customers with their DevOps efforts. Its new programs on this front include DevOps Transformation Introductory Consultation, a half-day workshop providing a detailed overview on the benefits, best practices, and trends in DevOps;?DevOps Transformation Readiness Assessment, an executive program featuring staff interviews, a tool review, and other help to create a complete road map to DevOps implementation; and DevOps Transformation Executive Engagement, which defines business objectives, provides planning and organization patterns, outlines DevOps improvement initiatives, and provides resources to support an initial DevOps sprint.

Andreessen Horowitz Partner: Developers Are in the Driver’s Seat

Peter Levine, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz in an on-stage conversation March 16 at the Open Networking Summit 2016, talked about how the developer has a new buying power inside of a company today. So networking companies and systems companies looking to sell their stuff and/or understand how their solutions are being used, he said, should look to developers. “The infrastructure is really fading a bit away in favor of the application and the developer,” he said. That’s very different to how things worked when Levine himself was a programmer, he said. “When I was a developer,” he commented, “I had no budget. I couldn’t buy a pencil.” But today, as software is eating the entire world, every company is a software company, he said. And developers are now leading the fundamental shift in IT and programming and how their companies operate. “Programmers are getting their day in the sun,” he said. “I think this trend toward the developer and toward applications of this underlying technology, is the future,” he added. “This is the world of the developer right now.”

General Internet Makes Waves

WaveMaker has been tapped to provide its Rapid Application Development Platform to General Internet. “Because we invest for our customers before they do, we prototype many projects we believe companies need. With WaveMaker, we can give birth to projects that could simply not exist otherwise and we can produce high-quality systems,” said Xavier Vaucois, CEO of General Internet.  “We could not build more projects using conventional tools with longer and more complex code development and lengthy code iteration cycles. The math simply would not work. Rapid application development with WaveMaker has helped us address this conundrum in ways that a few years ago were unheard of. Moreover, WaveMaker's Rapid App Development platform transforms the work between business and technical teams.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle