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Last night our very own Pece Nikolovski (iOS Team Lead / Senior Android Developer / superstar allrounder) presented his seminar on Consuming RESTful APIs using Swagger 2.0 at the February Android Australia Meetup in Melbourne.

This was an introduction to the Swagger v2.0 specification for documenting Restful Web Services and other Swagger tools that we use. The main focus is the approach/process that we are taking from both integration services and mobile development. Also, how to most effectively utilise response validation from web service side, and save dev time and reduce risk by using the “Code Generator” tool, for both mobile platforms (Android & iOS).

The evening was a great success and we’d like to shout out to Pete Williams on his presentation and thank the Android Australia User Group for organising and NAB for their support of this great event.

Android Australia User Group is a community devoted to promoting local Android developers in Australia. It’s aim is to help bridge the information gap between Australia and other technology hubs such as the United States. Outware Mobile is proud to be part of this community and supports the great culture of learning and knowledge sharing that it promotes.

If you have any questions for Pece, please feel free to contact us.

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We are very excited to announce the launch of the BalikbayanBox app for the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, which enables the Filipino community around the world to connect with their families back home this Christmas. The BalikbayanBox app is part of the larger international Google Balikbayan campaign and is Outware’s first app for an overseas client, targeted at an international audience. We are also proud to be exporting quality Australian software development services to Asia, in contrast to the usual trend.

Approximately 12 million people from the Philippines live and work overseas, with over 170,000 living in Australia. Since 2004 the majority of Filipino migrants in Australia are here on skilled visas which now account for more than 64 per cent of all permanent visas granted.

Many people from the Philippines like to send toys, photographs, non-perishable food or household items back to their families in the form of balikbayan boxes. The balikbayan box is a modern manifestation of the general Philippine practice of pasalubong, where travellers within or without the country are culturally expected to bring home gifts to family, friends and colleagues. The boxes are usually sent via container ship, which typically takes several months to arrive.

Sending balikbayan boxes is a traditional way for the Filipino community to connect with their families and loved ones while they’re away from home. Previously, it took many months to fill and send a balikbayan box back to the Philippines. With the new app people can send photos, videos, drawings, YouTube videos, Google Plus posts, thank you letters and much more back to their families, easily and affordably.

The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

To find out more about the Balikbayan campaign, check out:

Episode 21 of the OMPodcast is now available - Subscribe via iTunesdirect feed, or download the audio file.

This week we talk about the app that no one can see. Keith Smyth (Android Team Lead) is joined by Branko Minic (Android/Middleware Developer), Jerram Watters (Middleware Developer), and Alex Gvozdik (Android/Middleware Developer) to discuss middleware and various server-side definitions. We cover the history and evolution of middleware and the cloud, current offerings you can utilise today and programming languages you can use to write your middleware app. Lastly, we take a look forward and dream about what features we want to see in our next phone purchases.

If you like what you hear, please review us on iTunes!