Sunday 17 March 2013

Weekly Review: 17th March 2013

Welcome to another weekly review. This has been another busy week.

The big news story to come out is that Google is to discontinue Google Reader on the 1st July this year. Expect a wide range of RSS readers to flood the market in the coming months; if you want to know whats out there, replace reader is a good site showing other trending readers.

  • I use iA Writer as my primary text/markdown editor, but this week I came across Texts. This is a serious competitor to iA Writer. It's got some great features like cross-platform compatibility, exporting to PDF, Word, ePub and Tex. It is still an early version but is definitely one to watch.
  • RavenDB have hosted another webbing, this time on spatial support. You can watch the video on YouTube here.
  • Great news if you use the Xamarin tool for developing iOS and Android apps - async support is coming. Check out the announcement here.
  • Miguel de Icaza from Xamarin is on this week's Hanselminutes talking about the recent release of Xamarin Studio 2.0.
  • Firefox OS Simulator 3.0 has been released this week, adding plenty of new functionality to the simulator such as push to device, rotation simulator and geolocation API to name a few. I think Apple, Microsoft and Google can learn from Firefox about how to create a simulator. This is a fast and lightweight browser plugin for testing apps, it would be great to see other simulators like this.
  • Steve Sanderson has just released his first mobile app Touralot. What makes this app different is that it's designed and built using Knockout.js, PhoneGap and Azure Mobile Services.
  • In a follow-up post, Steve Sanderson shows how to animate lists with CSS 3 transitions, this is a great post and well worth a read.
  • Following up on last week's SPA jump start guide, John Papa has published part 2. This is a great guide to the architecture of SPAs and the resources available to you.
  • Talking of John Papa, he's on this week's Herding Code with Ward Bell talking about single page applications.
  • This week Fog Creek released a new version of Kiln with a very unique feature - Kiln Harmony. In simplistic terms it will allow you to commit to a repository using either Git or Mercurial and pull the changes using the other DVCS. Crazy, right? Behind the scenes a lot is going on and the Fog Creek team give an insight in this post.

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