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Look Back, Look Ahead: New Year Observations

Goodbye ’13, Hello ’14! This is the time of year where we all take stock of the year just ended, and think about what the coming year may hold. This is that post for me, a personal reckoning of sorts.

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iOS7 UIPickerView Customization

The iOS UIPickerView is one SDK component that leaves little to the developer for customization. With iOS7 and its entirely revamped look and feel just around the corner (allegedly), you may think that you’ll be stuck with the new and improved UIPickerView chrome which for many may feel sub-optimal for existing or new apps that … Continue reading →

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The Next Thing

I debated about what to write about today, especially in the wake of yesterday’s WWDC ticket frenzy, the subsequent online screaming about it, and everything else. I think in the end, Apple will do what Apple does, and that’ll be that. Enough about that. On to the next thing… a new app to develop!

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Standalone Delegate Objects

It is very common practice that an object like a view controller is the delgate (and perhaps datasource) for another encapsulated or included object, such as a table view. This affords easy access from the delegate methods to the delegate object. But when might you want to use a delegate object that is not your … Continue reading →

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Unit Testing for Fun and Profit

How do you know if your code works? You test it of course. But, how do you test your code? Do you run it in the simulator? On your device? Is that enough? The simple answer is: No. How can we do better? Answer: Unit testing!

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Later Never Comes

What is the cost of expedience? Answer: Technical debt. How often have you had to solve a problem quickly, knowing that your solution was correct (i.e. it works), but not really how you’d have liked to do it? Sometimes the real world demands such tactics, and we think “We’ll fix it later.” But later never … Continue reading →

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Agile By Fire

One of the features of my new day job is that the development environment is full-on Agile. It’s my first experience in such an environment, and while I’ve worked in plenty of places that used bits and pieces of Agile, an “all Agile all the time” development model is quite eye opening. I’ve had to … Continue reading →

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Annual Apple Shutdown Begins Now!

If you are an Apple Developer, you have no doubt been bombarded lately with reminders that Apple is shutting down its developer portal for Christmas beginning today Friday, December 21st, through next Friday, December 28th. What shall we do without our daily dose of download statistics?!

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[self viewDidChange]; — Wait. What?

No, that’s not a new and magical API in the title. Just an eye catcher…

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Pro Tip: Data Types Matter

I made a stupid mistake recently, which cost me more than a few hours of time to figure out. But I learned a couple things: Xcode will let you dig as deep a hole as you like, despite its “assistance”, and no amount of experience is a substitute for taking your time, especially when writing … Continue reading →

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