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The Best of the Week (Jan. 3): Mobile Zone

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Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Mobile Zone (Jan. 3 to Jan. 9). Here they are, in order of popularity:

1. Technologies That I'm Excited About in 2014

As 2013 comes to a close, here is the author's list of things in tech that he's excited about for 2014. The list includes, in no particular order, wearables, the increasing prevalence of UI and code-sharing, a mobile market reshaped by the influx of affordable smartphones, and more.

2. The Pull-to-Refresh Gesture Needs to Die

Strong words, given that we're talking about a gesture. But that's the core idea of this recent article - pull-to-refresh has to go. The author argues that pull-to-refresh is an out of date design, no longer relevant in today's mobile ecosystem.

3. The Top 10 Articles of 2013: Mobile Zone

Rather than the best of the week this week, let's take a look at the most popular articles Mobile had to offer in 2013. The year's best include an Android tutorial on using the ViewPager, the problems, changes, and new APIs of Safari on iOS 7, a tutorial series on Android's basic Action Bar, and much more.

4. CGLib: The Missing Manual

The byte code instrumentation library cglib can manipulate or create classes after the compilation phase of a Java application. Because Java classes are linked dynamically at run time, it's possible to add new classes to an already-running Java program. This article gives an overview of cglib and its functionality.

5. How to Implement a Staggered Grid View in Android

Android developers looking for some new layout options - in particular a staggered grid view that includes multiple columns with multiple rows of varying sizes - may be interested in this library developed by the Etsy team.


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