If we needed another reason to focus on .Net in our course work at Coder Foundry, Microsoft has announced that Azure will now provide back-end support for .Net apps on Android and iOS devices.
According to FierceEnterpriseCommunications, Microsoft has decided to make its app platform more competitive by allowing easier cross-device support.
"Mobile services are built using Web API, and you can publish any Web API controller to the service," Microsoft Senior Program Manager Yavor Georgiev wrote last month. "What differentiates Mobile Services from other compute environments is that we monitor and manage your Web API controllers for you. If there is a problem with Web API runtime or extensions, we patch it without you ever worrying about it. If we think the problem is with your controller code, we will reach out to you."
This change brings Microsoft's world-class development platform to broader audiences and makes it even more applicable in the business world, while allowing for apps to either be built for iOS or Android devices and hosted in Azure, or provide back-end support in Azure for apps hosted elsewhere.
In addition to this, Microsoft also launched support for the latest Azure feature - SignalR - which implements WebSockets standards in HTML5 to enable real-time communications. Essential, this allows cross-platform app communication and collaboration, ensuring that data on one device can reach different devices and platforms with equal ease.
These trends will have a major impact on the way enterprises do in-house app development and how they support mobile devices, which in turn will have a profound effect on what they look for in developers. At Coder Foundry, we focus on offering students the skills that are in the biggest demand across the IT industry, and this change continues to support that effort.