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London-based Matt Galloway, a regular presence on Stack Overflow, has published Effective Objective-C 2.0. A collection of 52 "specific ways" to improve your coding for Mac and iOS, this book provides a valuable collection of handy state-of-the-art tips that will appeal to all developers both esta...

January 17th 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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StickyJots provide a low-tech way for you to brainstorm iOS app interfaces. Dave Caolo asked me the other day whether we had covered them before and I was pretty sure we had not. These pretty kits start at US$20 for the faux iPhone, $35 for the tablet and $50 for the "everything kit." Sure, they'...

August 30th 2013 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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I find it a constant puzzle as to why so relatively few developers take full advantage of technical support incidents. Two incidents are included with your annual developer license. Additional incidents cost just US$50 each, which you buy in two-packs. Using Incidents You'd think that at just $5...

August 21st 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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It is way early days yet, but the SDMMobileDevice project is now available publicly on github. Meant to provide an open-source, public alternative to Apple's private MobileDevice framework, this OS X project enables you to detect attached iOS devices and communicate with them. With it, you can que...

August 14th 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Today, I got a sneak peek at a very early version of Tim Roadley's Learning Core Data. Expected to publish late November, this book by the Australia-based iOS developer introduces Core Data for those entirely new to the subject. Like other books in Pearson's "Learning" series, the Core Data volume...

August 1st 2013 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Glimpse offers an open source library from iOS Developer Wess Cope. It enables you to create QuickTime videos from your UIViews. The library records animations and actions, collecting screen shots over time, building a movie from the results. The API consists of two calls: one to start recording,...

July 31st 2013 at 5:40pm 0 Comments
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A few things you should note about yesterday's Xcode beta release... First, new sizes and naming updates apply to asset catalogs. Here's my latest list of what I believe you need to be building on a per-app basis for icons. No, none of this is documented anywhere. I also believe there were no chan...

July 30th 2013 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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A clever post from deallocatedobjects cropped up on IRC on Friday, and I thought I'd share its wisdom. The post discusses how you can add a custom build phase to automatically show TODO and FIXME comments as warnings in your Xcode 4 (and later) projects. It takes very little work. Select a targ...

July 27th 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Google's developer preview SDK for Google Cast -- the streaming technology that's powering the Chromecast hardware -- is up and running. It looks like adding Google Cast support will be ridiculously easy with little coding overhead for anyone who wants to jump on the bandwagon. Although the Chrom...

July 26th 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Glyphish, probably the most popular source for licensed iOS icons, has just been refreshed so you can get ready for iOS 7. Currently bundled at US$75 for Glyphish 3 through 6, this over-the-summer special saves you a cool 25 percent off the normal price. If you're already a Glyphish customer, it'...

July 24th 2013 at 8:00pm 0 Comments