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Mobile app developers now have new Facebook tools

The top social network has recently released six new open source tools for application development.

Facebook has announced the release of six new open source projects to mobile app developers, as one of the latest components of their effort to spread the weight of application development with the goal of speeding up the creation of cutting edge solutions.

All of the new mobile development open source projects were announced at the same time at the 2015 F8 Conference.

They have been drawing a considerable amount of attention among the community of mobile app developers as many offer a notable opportunity. The online newsroom at the social network provided a brief summary of all six of the projects to provide app developers with a better look at what has now been made available to them.

The following are the open source projects that have been offered to mobile app developers by Facebook.

Mobile App Developers - New Tools• React Native – this is a native environments framework that gives app developers the chance to create high quality Android and iOS user interfaces without using WebView or a browser.

• ComponentKit – this is a native functional and declarative UI iOS library. React inspired its creation, and it is used within the Facebook app’s News Feed.

• Year Class and Connection Class – these two projects have been released in order to give mobile app developers the chance to intelligently segment through the use of network and device performance in real time.

• Fresco – this is a tool set that has been created for image manipulation and display specifically for the Android mobile app developer community.

• Nuclide – this is the only one of the open source projects that was announced as being open-sourced in the future, but that is not yet available in that form, at the moment. Facebook took the opportunity at F8 to demo the project, but not to actually make it openly available. It is meant to support Reactive Native, as well as Hack, and Flow, and it is IDE designed. It was developed alongside GitHub. Even though this one has not yet been open sourced, it holds enough potential that it is certainly worth watching in the future.

Could mobile apps correct Tech Valley civic and social struggles?

AT&T is hoping that by working with are businesses, universities and tech organizations, it will be possible.

AT&T has now partnered up with Tech Valley universities, organizations, and businesses in its launch of the “AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge”, in which it is seeking to pair up with innovative thinkers and creators that can come up with mobile apps that will be able to address and overcome local issues – particularly those on a social and civic level.

The challenge will continue for two months and it will end with the awarding of a total of $18,000 in cash prizes.

The goal is to encourage designers, thinkers, developers, artists, and businesspeople to come up with ways to “Solve Local” through the creation and development of innovative mobile apps. Those applications need to help with societal and civic issues that are being faced by people in the greater Tech Valley community. Among the partners in this challenge are: the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; the University at Albany; Center for Economic Growth affiliate, TechConnex; Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network; New York BizLab; Hudson Valley Tech Meetup; Saratoga TechOUT; Hack Upstate, Beahive; and Accelerate 518.

The hope is that the mobile apps that will result will inform citizens and engage them with their governments.

Mobile Apps - Tech Valley New YorkIn this way, it could help to illustrate exactly how mobile applications and technologies can make a difference, and will accelerate the development of a new wave of tech jobs and investments as companies seek to get on the bandwagon once the effectiveness of this technology has been shown.

According to the AT&T New York president, Marissa Shorenstein, “AT&T’s commitment to technology innovation in New York grows out of our company’s multi-billion dollar nationwide investment in the mobile communications network of the future.” She also added that by providing both students and career technologists with encouragement within the region for the exploration of smartphone software development, they are also “spotlighting the enormous demand for developers and engineers needed to create the software that will drive our mobile economy.”

The mobile apps challenge was launched in front of over 200 entrepreneurs and technologists from the region and will continue until May 1.