Dev Bootcamp, an intense training program that teaches students programming skills and prepares them for the workplace as Ruby On Rails developers in just nine weeks, has become one of the hottest breeding grounds for fresh developer talent, with social media startups like Twitter, TopHatter, Chefs Feed, Social Chorus, Kaily Kos, Exec and others snatching up graduates or, as the program calls them, “Boots.” Just what is it that makes these “Boots” so desirable? We spoke to a couple of startups, and a couple of Dev Bootcamp grads, to find out.
Developers who use Instagram’s API to build new products or services on the photo-sharing site may be giving their ideas away for free. Just ask the creators of Instamap.
Viddy, the social video sharing site that has blown up over the past few months thanks to viral spread on Facebook, has opened up its API and is enticing developers to build on top of the Viddy platform with a $10,000 prize.
With the launch of the new YouTube design at the end of the year, YouTube Channels have become a lot more customizable with four different layout templates, and rumor has it that things are about to become even more customizable—at least for brands.
If you use mobile apps that work with Facebook or Twitter then you are probably familiar with the process for giving those apps permission to access your account on those services. Microsoft is now providing developers the ability to access Windows Live accounts in the same manner, which means third party apps can access information like contacts and photos on Hotmail, Messenger, and SkyDrive.
LinkedIn announced the launch of a new set of application-program interfaces that will give app developers access to its Company and Jobs content.
With the summer approaching, some of us may slacking on our social medial monitoring. If you’re one of those individuals, don’t worry. Below are the 5 headlines that you may have missed this week, but shouldn’t have.
If you’re a small scale developer, take a look at the chart below. I took the MAUs of three large scale developers: Electronic Arts (EA), CrowdStar and Zynga and compared them to a developer that received 50,000 monthly active users (YOU).
It is not the number of apps available for Windows Phone 7 that is at issue. It is the number of important apps available on other mobile platforms but not for Windows Phone 7. A few that come to mind are Dropbox, Evernote and Google Voice. Porting an app from one mobile platform to another is not a simple matter. With this in mind, Microsoft announced the availability of resources to specifically help iPhone developers writer software for Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft created a website of resources to help developers for other mobile platforms to write for Windows Phone 7.
This includes a series of articles by Jesse Liberty.
While these resources are definitely a big help, the real test is whether enough Windows Phone 7 devices have been sold to iPhone developers to allocate resources for Windows Phone 7 development. This certainly has not been the case for the apps listed earlier as well as Microsoft’s own developers who have produced great apps like PhotoSynth for iOS that are not available for Windows Phone 7.