When I make pull requests for user interface changes, I include screenshots so everyone else involved in the product can see what I see. It’s especially helpful for designers to quickly compare their mockups with the final result. Folks have asked me if I use a particular program to create them — I don’t! It’s […]
The best technology is invisible and reliable. You almost forget it’s there, because things just work. Bad technology never disappears into the background — it’s always visible, and worse, it gets in your way. We rarely stop to think “My, what good Wifi!” But we sure notice when the Wifi is iffy. Good technology in […]
Testing push notifications can be tricky, especially when an app has been released in the App Store. Luckily, there are lots of tools available to make this easier. Let’s look at how to set up and use two of them: Houston and Pusher. A sample push notification Push notification content is defined by a JSON […]
Cowritten with Megs Fulton Many of us design and build apps in air-conditioned offices in major cities, using the latest devices with perfect internet connections. We don’t often think about how apps should work without a strong internet connection. It’s no wonder so many apps feel clunky or broken with a flaky internet connection, or […]
WordPress powers over 30% of all web sites, but not all websites using WordPress are the same. Here’s how our iOS app handles talking to the various APIs available to us.
A new great feature, an important bug fix, a UI improvement, a subtle but effective change; whenever the latest development is complete, the next step is to ship it to users. As developers, we want to deliver improvements quickly, but we have to strike a balance. We like to release bug fixes as soon as […]
Howdy! Welcome to the Automattic Mobile Tech Blog! On this blog we’ll be sharing our experiences as we develop mobile apps, including cool things we’ve built, challenges we’ve overcome, and the rationale behind our solutions. If you’re not familiar with Automattic, we’re the company behind WordPress.com, the Jetpack plugin for WordPress, WooCommerce, and much more. […]