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June 13, 2014 | Craig Isakson: The Two Sites that Every Android and iOS Developer Should Have Bookmarked

Are you into both Android and iOS Development?  Maybe just one or the other?  If so, I have a “Pro Tip”.  Sometimes it is hard to know what is already out there in forms of Libraries for certain things you do everyday in Android or iOS.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a centralized place for each platform to go to to find out what is available and what you should use in your own project?

June 13, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Google and Apple Working on Adding Health and Fitness

Hot off the heals of the announcement of Apple’s Healthkit we have just received word that Google will also be joining the Health and Fitness trend with Google Fit.  A recent Forbes article shows that Goole is planning to unveil this program in a couple of weeks at this year’s Google I/O.

June 13, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Client-Side JSON to CSV Converter

Working in the world of the web, we are often given data from API’s in JSON format.  This is great for most programming situations because it is lightweight and easy to deal with.  There are times when we do get that data in JSON format but it needs to be in something more consumable by either other applications or by humans.  In those cases, you might need to convert said JSON to CSV.

June 12, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Speed Up Gradle in Android Studio

It was about a year ago when Google announced that they were working on Android Studio as the IDE to replace ADT.  Android Studio uses IntelliJ at its core and replaces the use of ANT for building projects to using Gradle.

May 30, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Using and Customizing MFSideMenu (Slide-out Menu) for iOS

If you build iOS apps you have probably either built your own slide out menu or you have used a library for doing just that.  Personally, I have done both and really like the ease of implementing a lightweight library into my apps.  One of my favorite slide out libraries is MFSideMenu.  It is super easy to use and works really well.

May 30, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Using OAuth 1.0 in Salesforce/Apex

Have you ever come across a time when you needed to start building out integrations in Salesforce that connect API’s that use OAuth 1.0?  If you have then you probably know that it can be a fairly tedious task.  If not, hopefully this blog post will be of some help to you in building out your integrations.

May 21, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Rollup Summary with a Lookup Field - Salesforce

Doing a roll-up summary field with a master-detail relationship is all point-n-click.  But what if you need the same thing with a lookup field?

May 14, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Downloading Attachments From Salesforce Using the Android SDK

Downloading attachments from Salesforce in Android seems to me to be something that would be fairly common.  While looking for documentation on how to do just that I came up with nothing.  This doesn’t mean it isn’t possible, it just means that I needed to do a bit of leg work.  Hopefully this post will help you out if you are in the same or similar situation.

April 29, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Tips for Speed in Mobile Web—Part IV

In the previous posts (Part I, Part II, & Part III) we learned all about latency on a mobile devices, avoiding redirects, and eliminating render blocking resources and prioritize visible content.  Now we are going to learn about how to test everything.

April 29, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Tips for Speed in Mobile Web—Part III

In our previous posts (Part I & Part II) we talked about the poor performance of latency with mobile networks as well as a great way for saving a bunch of time on initial page loads by avoiding landing page redirect.  Our next tip is to eliminate render blocking resources and prioritize visible content.

April 29, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Tips for Speed in Mobile Web—Part II

Avoiding landing page redirects is exactly as it sounds.  Don’t use redirects!  This really just comes down to numbers.  Take for instance the mobile device has a latency somewhere between the 150 and 400 ms, a round number being 200 ms.  When making a call to a website from the device there are essentially three round trips from the device to the server with HTTP and four round trips if you are using HTTPS.

April 29, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Tips for Speed in Mobile Web—Part I

As the number of smart devices continues to grow throughout the world it is becoming increasingly important to build websites to be fast, efficient, and easy to use on a mobile device. Because of this necessity, I have put together a four part series on addressing performance concerns as it pertains to mobile.