WordPress for Android: No Longer Paying the Gingerbread Tax

Originally posted on WordPress for Android:

gingerbread-man Way back in 2011 Google released Android 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”), a major update that substantially improved the platform both for developers and for end users. This left developers with a problem: how do they take advantage of all the new features without leaving users of older devices stranded?

For most developers the answer has been to support both older and newer devices. This requires a lot of work, but it’s worth it when it means many more people can use your software.

The downside is this approach slows development, resulting in longer delays between releases. It also means developers sometimes don’t take advantage of the latest Android features, because doing so requires more time and testing to make sure the app continues to work on older devices.

We’ve followed this approach for quite a while with WordPress for Android, supporting everything from the latest devices to ones running Android 2.3 (“Gingerbread”). At…

View original 159 more words

Preview and restore individual files with the backup browser

Originally posted on VaultPress Blog:

Meet the backup browser.

We’ve put together a brand new way to restore your files within a backup. The new backup browser features individual file restores and file previews along with some behind-the-scenes magic to make everything generally faster. Now, you can preview a file to make sure it’s the one you need before you restore it.

Backup Browser

Browse your files

Even if you don’t need to restore anything, the backup browser is a pretty cool way to dig through some of your WordPress files and check them out. It has text file, image, and video previews, so it’s super easy for you to find and restore that awesome .gif your editor deleted.

Restore one file at a time

Now, when you click “View Backup,” you can either restore or download files instead of having to download or restore the entire backup. Pretty handy, right?

Preview your text files in style

View original 113 more words

TicTacToe: Multi-device syncing with Simperium!

Originally posted on Simperium Blog:

Simperium is a cross platform framework that allows you to seamlessly sync data through multiple devices.

Tic Tac Toe is one of the simplest games you can possibly think of: two players take turns to place a piece (either a cross or a circle) on a 3×3 matrix. The first player that succeeds in placing three marks in either a horizontal, vertical, diagonal or antidiagonal wins the game.

We have built a single-device Tic Tac Toe game for iOS: source code available here. In this tutorial we’ll be learning how to integrate the Simperium framework, and how to enable multi-device data synchronization without writing a single line of backend code.

Our approach to implement the data model will be straight forward. We will maintain two collections:

Players:

Each player will have a unique ID, and will make sure that as long as the app is active, its uniqueID will be present…

View original 692 more words

Planet Automattic: February 2014

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

No matter where you are in the world, you’ll find people working on WordPress.com: Developers deploying lines of code. Designers tinkering with themes. Engineers working one-on-one with users to help make their websites just so. (Want to join in? We’re hiring.)

One cool thing about Automatticians? We care about WordPress.com so much that we’re always thinking about ways to make it better, online and off. Here’s a glimpse at the 230 Automatticians around the globe — and things we’re working on and thinking about right now.

We blog about WordPress (naturally!)

At Automattic, we’re constantly communicating, breaking and fixing, and iterating and improving. Communication tools like the P2 theme, Skype, and IRC channels allow ideas and conversations to flow at all times, while our own blogs are spaces to reflect on and share the things we’ve learned.

In Moscow, Code Wrangler Konstantin Kovshenin works on the Dot…

View original 745 more words