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Read through our resource hub to find articles on a variety of topics including tips on successfully delivering software projects and blending business and IT, insight into the processes we follow for development, and even information about the technologies we use.

.NET MAUI and the Future of Xamarin 

At the 2020 Microsoft Build Conference, the company announced .NET MAUI as the next evolution to Xamarin.Forms. We recently sat down with Senior Software Developer, Mike Richards, to get an overview of the future of Xamarin and MAUI.

React developer explains the pros and cons of ReactJS

Angular vs React – Which to Choose for Your App?

Ready to start a new web application project and unsure of which technology to use to build it? Two popular options are React (or ReactJS) and Angular. To get a closer look at the strengths of each of these technologies we recently sat down with an Aptera developer who works in each of these every day.

Progressive Web Apps vs Native Mobile Apps

Progressive Web Apps vs. Native Mobile Apps: Which Is Best for Your Use Case?

As mobile becomes increasingly important for business, you might be planning on building a new application for a mobile audience. Before you start development, you’ll have an important decision to make—will you build your app as a progressive web application (PWA) or a traditional mobile app?

Software developer explains .NET Core on camera

Why .NET Core Is the Future

It can be tricky to keep track of the versions of the .NET Framework and the newer .NET Core. Microsoft has declared that .NET Core is the future of the product with its newest upgrade being called simply, .NET 5. To help you make sense of all of this branding and to provide insight on where .NET Core is going, we sat down with Technical Strategist Eric Potter.

A team discusses how to fund a project. Woman stands at whiteboard

Funding a Value Stream vs. a Project

Most businesses fund initiatives on an annual basis and then use large projects to allocate those funds. A project is funded until completion and then a new project is started and so on. But what if your software development uses a more agile approach? This traditional sense of funding a project based on a set amount of scope, might not make the most fiscal sense anymore. Rather than funding a project at a time, a better approach to budgeting for agile development is to think of software initiatives as value streams.

Seen from above, a client meets his onshore Aptera development team

3 Reasons to Work with a Small Onshore Development Company

If you’re looking to increase the value of your software development or you need extra hands to lighten the load on your in-house team, outsourcing some of your work to an outside team can be a great solution. In an effort to reduce costs, many companies look directly to outsource with an offshore or nearshore development firm. However, often these partnerships don’t save you money in the long run, and sometimes you can find smaller onshore partners for a similar price.

Man on a boat with question marks around his head

Development Myth: Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Means Delivering an Incomplete Product

There are a lot of misconceptions around the concept of minimum viable product (MVP) in software development. A common one we hear is the concern that using an MVP means that you’ll deliver software that is in some way incomplete. This might be caused by people focusing too much on the term “minimum” and not enough on “viable.”

Two Aptera team members discuss the merits of a headless CMS

When to Use a Headless CMS

Are you wondering if a headless content management system (CMS) would be a good fit for your business’ website? Use of a headless architecture has been growing in popularity over the last few years and there are real benefits that could be gained by setting your website (or app) up in this manner.

.NET Core logo on a laptop screen

8 Things to Prepare for a .NET Core Upgrade

As Microsoft begins to deprecate the .NET Framework and move their innovation to .NET Core, it might be the right time for your business to upgrade your applications to .NET Core. If you’ve found the right time to begin your migration to .NET Core, we’re sharing 8 factors to prepare for before you begin your migration to help it go more smoothly.

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