We sit down with Ryan Weber of KCNext in our office to talk about the Kansas City market for technology. The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City is committed to growing the existing base of technology firms, recruiting and attracting technology companies, aggregating and promoting our regional IT assets and providing peer interaction and industry news.
During this show we talk about why KCNext is great for Kansas City. They offer some great networking and educational events, but also focus on connecting companies together to help build relationships on a business level. Make sure you visit their website to see what events are coming up and link up with them on Twitter to stay on top of news from the KC technology community.
In this AJI Report, Jeff and John talk with Tim Hibbard of Engraph Software about making the transition from a .NET developer to mobile applications using the iOS platform. Tim dives into what each experience was like from getting into XCode for the first time, using Third-party tools, Apple's design guidelines, and provisioning an app to the App Store. Tim has been a .NET developer since the framework was released in 2001 and now has two mobile applications in production.
We are back in the office for another installment of AJI Report where we talk with Clint Edmonson of Microsoft about their Season of Launch events. We get into Windows Azure, Windows 8, and Visual Studio 2012 and how developers and decision makers can learn more about the new products. Clint is an amazing resource for the Central Region and is very responsive if you have questions about products or integration. Clint makes a great offer to help you with your applications during the Hackathon events coming up.
We sat down with Nat Ryan of Fully Croisened to talk about Game Development and the Corona Labs framework. The Corona SDK is a platform that allows you to write mobile games or applications using the Lua language and deploy to the iOS and Android platforms.
One of the great features of Corona is the compilation output is a native application and not a hybrid application. Corona is very centered around their developer community and there are quite a few local meetups focused on the helping other developers use the platform. The community and Corona site offers a great number of resources and samples that will help you get started in a matter of a few days.
If you are into Game Development and want to move towards mobile, or a business developer looking to turn your craft back into a hobby, check out this recording and Corona Labs to get started.
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John and I sat down with one of the Adobe Evangelist, Terry Ryan, to talk about the shift of products from Adobe, developers, and designers. Adobe is one of those unique companies having quality products that are able to reach into developers lives and designers lives. Photoshop and illustrator are amazing tools that designers use to produce the work we enjoy. Developers can use Brackets and PhoneGap to build quality HTML for use on web sites or mobile applications to break through the barriers that is HTML, CSS, or native application development. Adobe has done a great job of moving way from only offering Flash and Dreamweaver for these problems and is really interacting with both sides to find out what tools will really help developers and designers build sites quicker while retaining quality.
During the conversation we get into the divide between developers and designer and discuss a way to get closer for the benefit of each group. Designers need to know HTML and CSS now and developers need to know what makes good design and user experience (UX). Each group should not be concerned the other one will learn enough to put them out of work. Instead the collaboration will cause our applications to be richer and lead us down the right path of future application design. Developers and designers do need to realize that each group analyzes and solves problems differently. Each side is not wrong, but required to process information is different ways to come to a solution.
I am very excited about what our two groups can accomplish together and I hope we see more integrated groups on a local level or conference level in the future.