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Mobile Strategies for Business

It’s Time to Dump your 1990s App Authentication

Migrate Win32 applications secured by client/server database logins to mobile apps that use OAuth & enterprise cloud directories for authentication instead. Do you know Scott Tiger? Are you familiar with SA and no password? If so, you probably worked with client/server database security mechanisms from companies like Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and others. Anyone who’s built client/server, …
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Complexity Kills so Simplify your Mobile Apps Now

Migrate Win32 apps with complex user interfaces to mobile apps where each screen is focused on a single task or idea. The 90s was a time where many developers did their best to create NASA mission control screens. If an app performed ten different functions, they’d see if all those activities could be performed on …
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I’ve Got a Cheat Sheet to Help Migrate Your Win32 Apps

There’s a cheat sheet to rapidly and cheaply migrate Win32 desktop apps to touchable Windows laptops, convertibles and tablets. If your Win32 migration path happens to take you to new, touchable PC hardware running more recent versions of Windows, I have a nice shortcut for you. One of the great hallmarks of Windows over the …
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Convert Your Confusing Win32 Apps to Touch First Mobile Apps

Migrate confusing Win32 apps with tiny controls to touch first mobile apps with large fonts and UI elements while including gesture support and proper spacing. The advent of a mouse connected to every computer gave users a pixel-precision pointing device. Coupled with ever-growing computer monitors and higher resolution screens, UI elements got smaller and smaller. …
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It’s Time for one Mobile Database to Rule Them All

Migrate Win32 applications using a mobile database like FoxPro, dBase, Access and SQL Server Compact to SQLite across all mobile devices. If it weren’t for desktop databases and learning SQL, my career as a developer may never have launched. I learned dBase for DOS in college, moved on to Paradox when Windows arrived on the scene …
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Keep your Mobile Data Safe when Apps Talk to Each Other

Convert Win32 applications using local interprocess communications (IPC) to mobile apps that securely send data to each other via contracts. In the 90s, platforms and programming languages allowed developers to call functions that were increasingly farther away from the calling code. Calling into subroutines gave way to instantiating classes to call functions. Calling exported functions in …
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Make your Apps More Personal and Contextual or Risk Losing Customers

Awaken those one-dimensional, client/server applications to all the sensors found on mobile devices that make them richly personal. The desktop apps of the 90s could really only sense mouse clicks. While they could communicate over dial-up modems, those apps were unable to discern the world around them until smartphones arrived and became the most personal …
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Your Win32 Apps are Broken so Break them Up to Improve Employee Productivity

Replace your large, complex, monolithic Win32 apps that still provide business value with multiple, single-purpose mobile apps. I was involved in the architecture and development of some really large systems for some of the world’s largest companies. The user interfaces for all these systems had hundreds of screens. People with various job functions, from multiple …
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Reduce Corporate Risk by Updating your Win32 Apps to Run on Secure Sandboxed Platforms

Migrate those Visual Basic, Delphi, VisualAge, PowerBuilder, SQL Windows, JBuilder and Visual Cafe Win32 applications to secure sandboxed mobile apps. Hope I didn’t leave out your favorite development tools from the 90s. The Mac stagnated, OS/2 didn’t capture market share and the inexpensive, developer-friendly Windows platform benefited. Companies all over the world deployed Windows 3.1 …
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