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When one of the largest, most successful retailers on the planet makes a move, you can definitely consider it a confirmation of a trend.
Last week, the WSJ reported that Wal-Mart is opening smaller-format stores in new urban locations. Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke stated in their annual report that their growth will be driven by “innovated new formats”, which includes the smaller stores and stores with drive-throughs for picking up internet purchases.
Essentially, Wal-Mart is going to where their customers are…. taking their brands to different chnnels where customers spend their time, to be there...
Mobile application patterns are different from web application patterns. There are a consistent, discrete set of differences in how they access cloud services. There are consistent reasons why they’re favored over websites as well, primarily based on implicit intent and purposive computing experience, but that’s a subject for a future blog entry.
For now, let’s assume that like web applications, mobile applications use HTTP to access their services, but unlike old-school web applications, they use REST and SOAP as the basis of their service protocols.
Difference 1: Bandwidth is expensive
Bandwidth always costs two...