iPhone, Facebook, JavaScript Most Striking Platforms for Developers

22 January 2014

Singapore: The iPhone and iPad still capture many of the developer’s interest, with Google Android phones and Android tablets next in sequence, as per a survey by an IT research firm.

The report also found two-thirds of developers report linking their apps to Facebook tops among accepted social services.

The subsequent most accepted service, Twitter, was a full 13% points behind, with 52.7%. This lead can’t be chalked up exclusively to Facebook’s authentication service, the report noted.

When asked how they were running user authentication inside their apps, most developers reported relying on traditional Web protocols (38.8%) or precise methods such as SAML or OAuth (21%). Social media services such as Facebook were third at 19.1%.

In the meantime, the number of developers reporting to be “very interested” in developing apps on HTML5 dipped to 59.9% - the lowest since trailing for that specification began in April 2011. Interest in HTML5 peaked in July 2012 at 72.7%, and has revealed a rough a rough but downward slope since.

The report noted this fall may be attributable to developer pragmatism, as HTML5 has had numerous years now to break away from the pack and has not succeeded to do so. Most respondents were impartial on HTML5, agreeing that it had its place for certain kinds of apps, but could not ne looked to as a cure-all for the challenges of multi-platform development.

13% reported no experience with HTML5, and when seeing only at the cohort with experience, 56% were neutral or depressing on the standard.

In grade the significance of development languages for mobile app development, JavaScript appears as the obvious winner, with 42.7% of respondents ranking it first, more than 10% points earlier than the next closest language, Java (35%). Objective-C was third at 32%.

Additionally, more than 88% of developers found it “likely” or “very likely” that in 2014 JavaScript would more and more rule both client- and server-side development.

Several response figures point to the probabilities and intricacies of scaling delivery for mobile apps. Nearly half of all respondents (48.5%) report app release monthly or faster, while 81% build apps to run on at least two mobile operating systems.

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