FireDAC Skill Sprint - Cascading Options System This blog post is for the FireDAC Skill Sprint which aired Februrary 19th 2015 covering the topic of Cascading Options System presented by Bogdan Polak of BSC Polska.
Developer Skill Sprint - Promote Healthy Apps by Separating App Logic from the UI using Common Patterns This blog post covers the Developer Skill Sprint which will air on Feb 17, 2015 entitled Promote Healthy Apps by Separating App Logic from the UI using Common Patterns
Spinning Icons to Visually Queue Load States Using True Type Font Pack Font Awesome Keeping the end user informed about what your application is up to can be the difference between retention and abandonment. Using spinning icons to visually queue the end user that the app is in a load state will ensure that your end user knows that the application is working on something. The last thing your app should do in this situation is freeze the UI until the processes has completed.  This blog post will demonstrate the use of System.Threading to keep the UI responsive while simulating a load state. The information in this blog post is valid for Appmethod, RAD Studio, and C++ Builder.
Spinning Icons to Visually Queue Load States Using True Type Font Pack Font Awesome Keeping the end user informed about what your application is up to can be the difference between retention and abandonment. Using spinning icons to visually queue the end user that the app is in a load state will ensure that your end user knows that the application is working on something. The last thing your app should do in this situation is freeze the UI until the processes has completed.  This blog post will demonstrate the use of System.Threading to keep the UI responsive while simulating a load state. Video not found or Youtube service not available  
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Top 5 Tips for RESTful APIs and Closing the Loop on OAuth2.0 Many of the devices and gadgets that comprise the Internet of Things require that end users sync data to cloud services via a 1st party app. End user data is then exposed to developers over a RESTful API from the hardware vendor cloud services. It is up to each vendor to implement the OAuth2 protocol and define their own RESTful API for their service and as such there is no single solution for how to connect, authorize, and eventually consume end user data.    This top 5 list is to help equip you with the tools and knowledge needed to analyze how a vendor implements OAuth2.0, how to interface with RESTful APIs, and ultimately gain access to end user data.  
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Developer Skill Sprint - Customize the Look and Feel of UI Elements with the Bitmap Style Designer and True Type Fonts This blog post covers the Developer Skill Sprint which aired on Jan 27, 2015 entitled Customize the Look and Feel of UI Elements with the Bitmap Style Designer and True Type Fonts.
True Type Font Iconography for Android and iOS Apps This blog post outlines the steps needed to build a multi-device Android and iOS application that uses a true type font, like Font Awesome, for the purpose of iconography. Using a font for icons has advantages over using raster image files in that they are light weight and vector based so they scale up nicely to high resolutions. These instructions work for both C++ and Object Pascal projects for the iOS and Android platforms
The Internet of Things Will (Finally) Impact Businesses in 2015 For the last few years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been a catchphrase tossed about in the midst of overfunded Kickstarter projects, wifi-enabled thermostats, and network connected appliances. The Internet of Things is The Jetsons’ home come to life, where computing devices talk to each other and know what you want before you want it. It’s the scene in Minority Report where ads in the mall instantly change depending upon the preferences of the person walking by.
The Software Connecting the Internet of Things - A Developer Survey 2015 is a big year for Internet of Things (IoT) solution development. Every day, more and more gadgets and devices are being added to the Internet of Things ecosystem. The interconnection between these gadgets and devices creates a potential for developers to deliver remarkable new solutions and user experiences. Today, IoT solutions have immediate application to personal wearables, smart home automation, workplace safety and automation processes, ubiquitous home-to-office te...
Developing the Internet of Things: MISFIT Shine In this post we explore how to build an Android application that connects to and displays personal bio-metric information from the MISFIT Shine. This includes steps to authenticate both the user and application over Oauth2.0 and then to consume MISFIT data over a RESTful API.

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