Monday, April 4, 2011

FoneMonkey 5, baby!

This morning at 7am we unleashed FoneMonkey 5, our first officially supported production release of our record/playback functional testing tool for native iOS apps on iPhone and iPad.

FoneMonkey 5 is by far our most solid release yet. Go get it now at!

Friday, April 1, 2011

My Podcast with Coté

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being a guest on RedMonk analyst Michael Coté's "Make All" podcast. We discussed the evolution of software dev over the last 15 years, and talked about how native apps and client-side runtimes like Flash support the delivery of full-blown client-side user interfaces, which back in 1996 is what most of us expected from Java applets.

Back then, it wasn't long before we woke up to the twin realities of browser compatibility and bandwidth constraints and were forced to shunt Java from the front- to the back-end of application development, and we spent several years dealing with the page-based hack that became known as MVC2.

Plentiful bandwidth and a new generation of client-side technologies such as Flex, Silverlight, Android, and iOS are finally allowing us to build user interfaces in a much more direct, natural, and efficient fashion than the page-based MVC2 approach, and arguably, provide similar advantages over the the JavaScript-meets-DOM hack now known as AJAX.

You can listen to my complete conversation with Michael here.