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Querying Databases with MobileTogether


Databases power nearly every mobile app on the market. MobileTogether Designer allows developers to quickly and easily connect to any database and retrieve information to be displayed back to users. The video tutorial below walks you through creating your first database-powered mobile app.

If you are new to MobileTogether Designer please be sure to check out our getting started video. This video aims to get developers up to speed with the Designer’s interface, common phraseology, and steps through creating a basic app.

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Mark Your Calendar for this MobileTogether Release


The newest version of Altova’s cross-platform framework for mobile app development includes comprehensive calendar integration for building apps with scheduling functionality. You’ll also find support for building and triggering services, easy to configure pop-up windows, and much more.

Whether you’re building enterprise apps or native apps for the major platforms, this release has the tools you need to add even more great functionality — without increasing development time.

Let’s take a look at what’s new.

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Multi-Language Localization for Mobile Apps


MobileTogether includes support to seamlessly localize mobile apps in multiple languages. This empowers developers to build one version of a mobile app that works across many languages as well as across multiple platforms.

Developers can include translations in a single MobileTogether app design for all text phrases required, and when any end-user runs the app, whether on an Android phone, an iPhone, Windows desktop, or any other supported platform, the language for the app is selected to match the language for the device operating system.

With multi-language localization, even text-to-speech functionality is localized to the user’s native language.

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How To Build Your First App


MobileTogether Designer provides a powerful drag and drop interface that allows for incredibly quick cross platform app development. To help developers get started I have produced this video tutorial, which covers the interface and the steps needed to build your first app.

By the end of the video developers should be able to navigate the Designer’s interface and create a basic app that takes user input and performs an action with it at the press of a button. This is the first in a series of tutorials aimed at familiarizing developers with the ins and outs of app development in MobileTogether.

 

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Financial Analysis of XBRL Corporate Filings on Mobile Devices


In a previous blog post we’ve described some of the problems that are encountered when processing corporate filings from the SEC’s EDGAR database  in XBRL. Today we present a system that overcomes these issues by downloading and processing XBRL filings on a daily basis, normalizing the financial data, computing common financial ratios, storing all data into a SQLite database, and then presenting the corporate reporting data for financial analysis through a mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

We are making all the sources for the data ingestion and normalization process available as Python scripts on GitHub under an Apache 2.0 license. The actual normalization rules as well as the financial ratios being computed are defined in external JSON files that can easily be modified without the need to edit the Python sources. In addition the MobileTogether Design file describing the mobile app is also available as open source in the same repository on GitHub so the mobile application can be easily customized as well to graph different data, show other financial ratios, or do more sophisticated financial analysis.

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7 Ways to Summer Proof Your Phone


You are going to the beach for the day and you want to bring your phone, but you’re worried that the salt and sand might damage it. You could leave it at home, but you might need it to take cute pics with your friends – er, finally enter your expense reports from that business trip last week. Not you? How about this one:

SPLASH. Your friend just pushed you in the pool, fully clothed, as a joke. We all have that one friend, right? But it doesn’t seem so funny when you realize your phone was in your pocket. Now you are soaking wet and your phone is completely destroyed.

Or maybe you simply want to protect your phone because you don’t want it to suffer any damage this summer. Whatever your situation, here are a few ways to waterproof, sand-proof, and sunscreen-proof your smartphones.

Summer Proof Your Phone

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5 Mobile Strategy Secrets that Your Competitors Don’t Want You to Know


With projections of the smartphone market growing more than 10% every year for the next few years or more, and enterprise use of tablets soaring, it is imperative to any business today to ensure a strong mobile strategy. Here are some great thought provoking ways to get ahead of the competition and bring your mobile strategy to the next level.

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