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The Best of the Week: Mobile Zone

10.20.2013
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Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Mobile Zone (Oct. 11 to Oct. 17). Here they are, in order of popularity:

1. Android Dev Resources: The Big List 

A recent post from @sharif's blog titled "The Big List of Android Dev Resources" provides exactly what the title says: a big list of Android developer resources. The list is extensive and divided into a wide range of categories, and the resources range from the general and obvious to the narrow and obscure.

2. Home Screen Web Apps for Android Thanks to Chrome 31 

We’ve been dealing with web apps on iOS for a couple of years: These are websites that, after Home Screen installation, become full-featured, full-screen apps from the user’s perspective. Finally, Chrome 31 brings that approach to Android devices.

3. RxJava and Android: How to Develop on Android Without Losing Your Mind 

A recent post from Mark Hudnall's blog discusses the purpose and implementation of RxJava, which is a Java implementation of FRP (Functional Reactive Programming). RxJava can do a lot to help manage user interaction, particularly while updating the UI during user interactions or working in the background.

4.  Android Twitter API 1.1 Tutorial: Grabbing a User's Timeline 

With application-only authentication, your app is able to make authenticated requests of its own. It doesn't need a user's credentials. Because it is doesn't have a user context, it isn't able to do things like status updates, but it can do things like grabbing a user's timeline. In this tutorial, you will learn how.

5. Alternatives to Long Web Requests With Long Timeouts  

Earlier, the author posted about how you can't create a web request with a timeout over the internal maximum of 60 seconds. He was asked how to have the server tell the app there's new data for the app to display. The exact method will depend on the application, but this article presents the main techniques.