Objective-C

HTML5 not ready for prime time? Sencha builds Fastbook, says not so fast

Facebook, may not yet be an expert source for advice on consumer internet monetization, but when the world’s largest social network talks technology, the industry listens.

So when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested that his company made a mistake in betting on HTML5 and decided to rebuild the Facebook iOS app in response to user criticism about poor experience and performance, a lot of people took note.

Five lessons companies can learn from Facebook’s new iOS app

There has been a lot of talk about Facebook and its monetization of mobile, but before the company can monetize its rapidly-growing mobile audience, it needs to make sure it’s providing a quality mobile experience.

Unfortunately for the world’s largest social network, the Facebook iOS app, which was built using HTML5 to more easily support development across multiple mobile platforms, has historically been considered a poor effort. A frequent complaint: it’s too slow.

Five tools for building iPhone apps without Objective-C

Developers have flocked to Apple’s iPhone SDK, but there is a significant barrier to entry: knowledge of Objective-C, the programming language that is used to build native iPhone apps.

Fortunately, cooking up a hot iPhone app doesn’t require you to get too geeky. Developers who don’t know Objective-C, or who don’t want to learn yet another programming language, can build native iPhone apps using these five tools.