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Need help building mobile apps? GSA can help.

Agencies looking for a little help in developing mobile applications can get more than that from the General Services Administration.

The Mobile Gov Blog, put out by GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, is a handy resource for any government mobile developer or implementer, highlighting success stories while giving government IT the tools it needs. Just before the holidays the site posted its list of Mobile Gov resources for the coming year.

The site does a really good job gathering resources in many areas of mobile device implementation. I found a few things of particular interest. There are several links dedicated to the development and use of application programming interfaces, which I recently discussed. But for developers familiar with APIs, this Mobile Gov post has links showing how best to use them.

Those unsure about whether to go with a mobile app or a mobile website can find an excellent seminar explaining the differences.  Also covered are responsive design, Web apps and native apps. There are resources for open content management, the mobile-first strategy and, of course, basics on app development for the four leading mobile platforms -- Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows.

Agencies working on their a mobile strategies as well as site and app developers will find useful resources here.

Posted by Greg Crowe on Jan 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM


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