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Cloud Services: Choosing the Best Fit for Your Project

When developing a mobile or web application, it is often necessary to build a web server that will integrate with your product. This part is often called the backend and, in simple words, it is the running piece of software that stays remote to all users – the center where the database is located and the place where the clients (iOS apps, for example) retrieve data from.

Although invisible from the user perspective, the backend is fundamental for any data-driven application – it is the component that users usually don’t directly interact with but, if it ever goes down, it might cause all of your client apps to stop working. The backend has a couple of other more famous nicknames: “the server” or – when it’s remotely located – “the cloud“.

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Outsourced Software Development: Brazil x India

Brazil and India – besides Russia, China and South Africa – are part of the BRICS economic group, and both countries are already set as powerful nations, despite all their internal flaws and problems. In the mobile app development sector, there’s room for everyone, but we also understand that the outsourcing world is quickly changing. These are our insights about two major players on remote development work.

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20 Crash and Event Trackers for Your Application

Some time ago, we stumbled with this small story about an app that got some unforeseen problems:

“There was nothing different in that Friday. The application was running fine, apparently, so the company called it a day and left for the weekend. Little the developers knew that, as Monday came upon them, more than 4000 crashes happened during those two days!”

This “small” accident was just for illustrating why crash and event trackers are mandatory (true story, actually).

But what is an event and/or a crash tracker?

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21 Best Directories for Finding Software Developers

Finding software developers isn’t trivial at all: sometimes, all you need is some directions from well-known sources. When we’re looking for great projects to collaborate, it’s the same thing. Throughout the last years, we’ve put together a list of directories that might ease the process of finding partners, which we wish had appeared in our research a long time ago:

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Bridging the Gap with Remote Team Collaboration

Back in 2012, New York-based Foursquare opened a second office in San Francisco. The objective was to use the talent pool from the Silicon Valley, home for many venture capitalists and top coders. However, remote operations aren’t a given, as we could see many major companies falling back on this model – in the same period, Tumblr brought half of their new hires from the West Coast to New York, because of their loyalty with the Big Apple. A year later, Yahoo ordered their remote workers to go back in the office. And BestBuy’s CEO, Hubert Joly, also terminated the company’s Remote-Only Work Environment Program (ROWA), which encouraged productivity anywhere, anytime, as long as the job was done. In Foursquare’s case, the new office maneuver wasn’t a bad move, but they had yet to narrow the distance between employees working in the same project. So how did they do it?

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Going offshore: outsourcing app development

All over the world, many praise the advantages of outsourcing app development overseas, while others had a really hard time in their offshore projects. The question here is how to deliver your product faster to the market, spending the least amount of money possible in the process. To try answering this, we’ve listed three advices about a few constants on the subject:

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What’s the mobile platform for my business?

We’ve spent the last weeks discussing, brainstorming and researching with our coworkers the best way to answer this question through a helpful service that would be delivered with speed and excellence.

With that in mind, our team has looked for the freshest data in a great number of websites, news articles and tech blogs about the two major players in the mobile game, iOS and Android: charts, numbers and notes regarding features in each platform. With that info, combined with our expertise, we’ve concluded that we could offer a logical process that compiles our findings.

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