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Rob Lauer

Rob Lauer

Rob Lauer is Senior Manager of Developer Relations at Progress and has a passion for mobile app development and the open web..

In his other life he raises two kids, plays Ultimate Frisbee, and (for better or worse) is an avid Wisconsin Badger fan. Rob is @RobLauer on Twitter.

Recent Articles

Web

What is TypeScript?

Even as I mature as a developer (ok, mature may be too strong a word, how about “as I get older…”), at times I still feel like a complete beginner. And these days I can attest that we noobs are feeling a bit overwhelmed with the expanding footprint of JavaScript. It’s alternately amazing and overwhelming […]

  • February 22, 2017
Mobile

Going Offline with NativeScript

While access to the internet has never been more widely available, we still live in an occasionally disconnected world. Whether on an airplane, underground, or in a rural area on 2G, we routinely deal with varied speeds and spotty access. Yet we expect our mobile apps to continue to work flawlessly! Approximately 60% of all […]

  • January 26, 2017
Mobile

Adding Unit Tests to Your NativeScript App

The bane of many a developer’s existence, writing unit tests is about as popular as seat belts in the 80’s. We know it’s a good idea, but how can you reach your six-pack of PBR with a strap across your shoulder? What if it were actually easy to write and execute unit tests? What if […]

  • January 19, 2017
Mobile

A Guide to App Store Images

You’ve just finished designing, coding, and testing the next killer app. It’s beautiful. It’s engaging. It’s rock solid. The next step is publishing to the app stores. No sweat. This is when you realize there are 60+ different app icon sizes and 40+ splash screen sizes you can provide. Oh, and we haven’t even gotten […]

  • January 12, 2017
Opinion

Willy Wonka Was Actually Talking about NativeScript

One of the most endearing films of all time, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, is that rare flick that has maintained a certain relevance for both children and adults alike. Wonka displayed a relentless, almost manic, pursuit of his vision of what a candy factory should be. Ignoring the fact that his Oompa Loompa […]

  • December 21, 2016
Mobile

Platform-Specific Development with NativeScript

From day one, NativeScript has allowed you to leverage one codebase to create native mobile apps for multiple platforms (including the web!). It’s undeniable that writing code once and generating native apps for iOS, Android, and (soon) Windows is a tremendous time-saver. NativeScript’s robust modules abstract away platform-specific implementations and provide one clean and easy […]

  • November 16, 2016
Mobile

NativeScript for the .NET Developer

> be me > be a .net developer with no life outside visual studio > boss says, “write a mobile app already” > iamscrewed.jpg > much research > look at xamarin > look at cordova > mrw i found nativescript Having lived most of my development life inside of Visual Studio, hacking away at mediocre […]

  • October 26, 2016
Mobile

Creating an Ionic Theme for NativeScript

Hybrid app developers around the world know full well the power and beauty that the Ionic Framework provides. By leveraging the best of Angular, Ionic makes it easy to create hybrid mobile apps that have a mostly native look and feel. However, for many scenarios there is an increasing need to provide a native solution. […]

  • May 2, 2016
Mobile

iOS App Distribution in 7 Steps

Distributing an app is arguably the Achilles’s heel of the iOS app development process – and Apple makes us feel dumb at times. Provisioning profiles, certificates, device registrations, app ids, oh my! Apple enforces certain requirements to make sure they know who created which apps and control which devices they run on (the app store […]

  • February 10, 2016
Mobile

Native Mobile Maps from Telerik and Mapbox

I’m going to hazard a guess that one of the first things you did with your first smartphone was pull up a map, swipe around, and be more-than-slightly amazed at holding a virtual world in your hand. As mapping has matured in the browser, our mobile mapping apps have matured as well – from Google […]

  • January 25, 2016
Mobile

7 Steps to Building a Hybrid Apple Watch App

We are well into the first generation of wearable devices and, while the jury is still out on its success, Apple is helping lead the charge with the Apple Watch. While the wearable movement has only just begun (and we are far from having a critical mass of useful apps), one of you may have […]

  • September 2, 2015
Mobile

Getting Started with ScreenBuilder (Session Recording)

ScreenBuilder is the newest addition to the Telerik Platform lineup, enabling you to build the vast majority of your mobile app using pre-wired screens and binding widgets to remote data sources. In my session from this year’s TelerikNEXT, I do an in-depth demonstration of ScreenBuilder and show off the productivity enhancements it will bring, along […]

  • June 19, 2015
Mobile

Android Permissions Explained

When you develop an Android app, your users will justifiably be concerned if your app requests access to a myriad of device features and personal information. You are risking decreased app installations and increased suspicions of your app’s motives if you ask your users for personal data, contacts, access to their phone, SMS messages, and […]

  • February 26, 2015
Mobile

Using the iOS 8 WKWebView with Telerik AppBuilder

Much ado has been made about the inclusion of Apple’s new web view (WKWebView) in iOS 8. PhoneGap/Cordova developers especially were keen to take advantage of this new high-performing web view in their apps. In this article we’ll discuss why WKWebView is important and how you can use it today with Telerik AppBuilder. What is […]

  • January 30, 2015
Mobile

Securing a PhoneGap/Cordova Hybrid Mobile App

Unbeknownst to many PhoneGap/Cordova developers, the HTML/JavaScript/CSS assets that make up your mobile app are not compiled or otherwise obfuscated when the final app package is built. Unlike the true native bits of the app (i.e. the Cordova framework and custom plugins), which do get compiled into byte code, the core HTML5 assets exist, as […]

  • January 28, 2015
Mobile

20 Kendo UI Mobile and Telerik AppBuilder Tips and Tricks

Allow me to admit right off the bat that I’m a sucker for “tips and tricks” blog posts. Even if I only take advantage of one or two ideas, it’s one or two more than I knew a few minutes ago. I hope you feel the same way after you read through this list of […]

  • January 21, 2015
Mobile

Using the Xcode iOS Simulator with Hybrid Mobile Apps and Telerik AppBuilder

Hybrid mobile developers have been blessed with ever-improving testing and simulation tools. Telerik AppBuilder customers are no exception, as they have come to rely on a best-in-class simulator experience along with the ability to test on physical devices and, more recently, access to native device emulators for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. In this final […]

  • October 28, 2014
Mobile

Using the Windows Phone 8 Emulator with Hybrid Mobile Apps and Telerik AppBuilder

The Windows Phone 8 platform is widely considered, at best, a strong third option in mobile app development and, at worst, a reasonable consideration. Most often an afterthought to iOS or Android development, Windows Phone has steadily seen a small increase in marketshare and deserves it’s fair share of investment in terms of debugging and […]

  • September 2, 2014
Mobile

Using the Android Emulator with Hybrid Mobile Apps and Telerik AppBuilder

Starting with a recent release of Telerik AppBuilder, you now have the ability deploy your hybrid mobile apps directly to any native emulators you have installed. This means that you no longer need to access scores of physical devices to properly test your app – you can now test and debug directly on emulators that […]

  • August 25, 2014
Opinion

Hybrid Mobile App Command-Line Smackdown

The proliferation of command-line tooling has exploded over the last few years – and hybrid mobile developer tools have been no exception. Where once we were downloading PhoneGap 1.2 and installing Xcode templates to develop our iOS apps, today we have platform-agnostic tools and utilities to help us fulfill the promise of cross-platform mobile app […]

  • August 4, 2014
Mobile

Which Core PhoneGap/Cordova Plugins Do I Need?

The release of Cordova 3.0 brought with it a much lighter core due to the absence of basic API features such as access to the device camera, file system, and the InAppBrowser. Now of course these features didn’t disappear into thin air, rather they are now separately installable as plugins. Along with the benefit of […]

  • May 21, 2014