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One of the issues I had to deal with in building my mobile app was the evolving database schema as more features were added and the app grew.  I needed a way to update the database scheme without blowing away the old one and forcing the app to redownload all the data.  While I could [… Read More]

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Going Non-Native

Posted April 25, 2013 By Tom

Supporting your application on multiple operating systems requires some tough decisions.  Do you develop natively for each OS and maintain multiple code bases?  Do you use a cross platform development framework?  Or do you do something else? This is the fourth of several articles about my  journey developing an application for NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space [… Read More]

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Building a prototype

Posted December 3, 2012 By Tom

Once you have an idea for an application, it really helps to get a prototype up and running to understand better how the application will function and even if it is possible.  Building the mobile data application for the Fermi Science Support Center was no different. This is the third of several articles about the [… Read More]

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My First Mobile App

Posted November 15, 2012 By Tom

For the past few months I’ve been working on a mobile application for work.  While it’s nothing fancy, considering the fact that I had no experience with mobile development when I started, I think this first version of the app turned out pretty well.  Although the real test will come as the number of users [… Read More]

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