Tablet Sales Have Plateaued – And Why You Shouldn’t Care

A recently published Forrester study reveals that tablet sales, once soaring as Apple, Samsung, and other tablet producers fought for market share, have plateaued.  The allure of these larger screens has waned as the size of smartphones has grown over time, and existing customers just aren’t as enthusiastic about upgrading their tablets to a new version as they are about getting the latest and greatest smartphone.

One area where tablet use isn’t slowing appears to be the enterprise, as end users continue to utilize iPads and Android tablets for business-related tasks, and employers are willing to let them BYOD.

Mobile apps for all devices

This is great news for MobileTogether developers building enterprise mobile apps for tablets (as well as phones and desktop devices) – but really, they don’t care.

 

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Welcome to the new Altova Blog

We’ve just completed a major redesign of the Altova Blog, moved to a modern blogging platform, cleaned up categories and tags, and implemented a responsive design that will adapt to whichever device you use when you visit the blog.

Ready for takeoff

We’re ready for take-off and we hope you like the new look…

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Manipulating Data in Cross-Platform Mobile Applications

Altova MobileTogether empowers enterprises of any size to design and deploy custom mobile solutions that run on all mobile platforms. This post is part 2 of a discussion of the MobileTogether Actions Dialog that lets developers quickly create sophisticated event handlers, control flow, and operations that work the same on iOS®, Android™, Windows® Phone 8, and Windows 8 devices, as well as an HTML5 browser-based client, without worrying about the unique details of the API or SDK for each mobile operating system. (Click here if you missed part 1, titled Defining Event Handling and Control Flow for Cross-Platform Mobile Applications.)

This post covers some of the MobileTogether actions that manipulate data and are flexible, powerful, and accelerate building data-driven mobile enterprise apps to deliver up-to-the-minute information to busy users on the go.

Actions to Manipulate Data in Mobile Apps
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Learn XPath 3.1 with Altova Online Training

We’ve recently updated our free, online XPath Training course to include information on what’s new in XPath 3.1, which is the latest version of the XML Path Language.

clip_image002XPath 3.1 adds vital new functionality, including support for arrays and maps, functions for processing JSON data, and a collection of new operators and functions.

The XPath Training course covers these in detail, explaining each new function and operator and illustrating its use with helpful examples.  The course also provides sample XML files that you can download for hands-on practice as you progress through the chapters.

Access the free XPath 3.0 and 3.1 Training now!

Or check out our other free online course offerings, including XMLSpy Training, XML Schema 1.1 Training, and more.

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Foolproof, Fast, and Flexible XML Validation Options

The recently launched Release 4 of XMLSpy 2015 included some pretty powerful speed increases for validations jobs, achieved by strengthening synergy between Altova products. Now, developers using XMLSpy can take advantage of RaptorXML Servers installed on their network for the processing of large or complex XML, XBRL, and project-based validation jobs – directly inside the XML editor.

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The XML validator in XMLSpy is powered by the Altova RaptorXML validation engine, which already provides the closest possible standards conformance coupled with fast validation speeds. However, the validation rates achieved are still limited to single-core execution on the CPU available in the developer’s machine.  RaptorXML Server, on the other hand, benefits from the substantial increase in processing power afforded by multi-CPU, multi-core servers for increased throughput and more efficient memory utilization.

What does this mean for you? Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of connecting XMLSpy to RaptorXML Server.
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Defining Event Handling and Control Flow for Cross-Platform Mobile Applications

Altova MobileTogether empowers companies of any size to quickly design and deploy custom enterprise mobile solutions that run on all mobile platforms. The Actions dialog in the MobileTogether Designer is one key feature that makes it possible to develop robust mobile solutions in days, not months. The Actions dialog lets developers create sophisticated event handlers, control flow, and operations that work the same on iOS®, Android™, Windows® Phone 8, and Windows 8 devices, as well as an HTML5 browser-based client, without worrying about the unique details of the API or SDK for each mobile operating system, because the ActionTrees built with MobileTogether are independent of any particular device-specific programming language.

For instance, to assign an event handling action to a button to respond to an OnButtonClicked event, the developer simply selects Control Actions from the context menu:

Defining the action of a button in MobileTogether
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XML Validation Speeds Reach New Levels with Release 4

We’re pleased to announce availability of Version 2015 Release 4 (v2015r4) of the Altova MissionKit desktop developer tools and complete line of server software products!

This release provides new functionality to greatly increase validation speeds for XML and XBRL, adds frequently requested functionality for EDGAR filing validation, provides support for SQLite databases and the TRADACOMS EDI format, and much more.
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Altova is in Chicago at Microsoft Ignite!

We are exhibiting in Chicago, IL at MS Ignite from May 4-8th in booth #556. Come on down to the McCormick Convention Center for a demo of Altova’s tools for Microsoft users and to see our new cross-platform mobile development solution MobileTogether.

We would love to hear from you about your latest projects and challenges, collaborate on best  practices or let us show you some of the new exciting things Altova has to offer. While you are at our booth, spin our prize wheel for a chance to win some fun giveaways. We hope to see you in the windy city!