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Over 20 years of native, cross-platform app development and still going strong

The recent news about Microsoft discontinuing Visual Studio’s support for Mac has got us talking about longevity in the field of software development. We all know technology changes rapidly and you, and the tools you use, can’t afford to stand still. Here’s an infographic that illustrates how Xojo’s been continually updating and modernizing since 1996 while other development tools come and go.

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Gartner: Mobile apps can’t be created fast enough. What’s the solution?

Speaking at one of their conferences,¬†Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow said last week that enterprises are increasingly finding it difficult to build all the mobile apps they need. The demand for mobile apps is increasing far faster than the supply of mobile developers can create them and it’s only going to get worse. This is clearly a problem.

There are three possible solutions to this problem:

  1. Find a way to decrease the demand of mobile apps. (Good luck with that one.)
  2. Increase the number of mobile developers.
  3. Decrease the time it takes to build mobile apps.

Solutions 2 and 3 are not mutually exclusive. You could potentially do both. Adrian Leow even points to the solution when he suggests that developers use rapid mobile app development tools. These tools can provide solution 3, but they don’t create necessarily create more developers.

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