Mobile First & Declining Usability

Mobile App Design is Fashion Mobile app design moves very quickly, and with "mobile-first" thinking becoming the mantra of designers of all kinds, it is a leading indicator for design of just about everything else. So, I think it's important to take a step back and analyze how apps are designed today. In this I break down the most recent…

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Your Parse backend was always a bad idea.

So if you haven't heard, Facebook is shutting down Parse, the backend as a service (BaaS) that was acquired by Facebook a little while ago. Lots of developers are feeling a little lost, and even betrayed by Facebook. I tweeted this screen cap someone made from the Parse homepage before the shutdown, and it pretty much says it all: :/…

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Adding IBInspectable to a superclass in Swift

Adding IBInspectable to a UICollectionViewCell subclass One very useful feature I find is to add a IBInspectable background image to my views. In an entertainment app I'm currently building there is a designable cell that looks like this: @IBDesignableclass TrailerCollectionViewCell: MediaCollectionViewCell {    @IBOutlet weak var lengthLabel: UILabel!    @IBInspectable weak var bgImage: UIImage! {        didSet {            imgView.frame = self.bounds            self.addSubview(imgView)            imgView.image = bgImage            imgView.contentMode  = UIViewContentMode.Center            self.sendSubviewToBack(imgView)        }    }}what's great about…

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Developing tvOS Apps for Apple TV [Part 2]

Looking for some help building your Apple TV tvOS App? I'm available for consulting and development, contact me. This is part 2 of the tvOS tutorial. If you haven't gone through part 1 yet, I suggest you run through that first. Adding Interactivity In the first section we created a simple TVML document with a few buttons. It looked something…

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Developing tvOS Apps for Apple TV [Part 1]
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Developing tvOS Apps for Apple TV [Part 1]

Here's what you'll have at the end of part 2 of this tutorial if you follow along: Looking for some help building your Apple TV tvOS App? I'm available for consulting and development, contact me. Apple TV Developer Tools Before we get started you'll need the Xcode 7.1 beta, which you can download here: Download Xcode 7.1 Beta Note that…

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Objective-C Pointers and Swift 2: A Simple Guide

This post written on August 23, 2015 to be compatible with Xcode 7 Beta and Swift 2 Objective-C Pointers and Swift Reading C pointers from Swift Let's say I have a C Int object as a Swift pointer. For example this Objective-C method would return an int pointer, or (int *) in C terminology: @interface PointerBridge : NSObject {     int…

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Swift 2 – What’s new

Monday Apple announced Swift 2, and just about everything announced is an extremely welcome change. This post is a summary of Chris Lattner's discussion in the WWDC video "What's new in Swift". Now, let's run through them... Fundamentals enums can now be printed to the console and show the actually value instead of just (enum value). Additionally, println is now…

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WWDC 2015 Developer Highlights

Today Apple announced watchOS, delivering a new native SDK for developers at WWDC 2015, a new version of Mac OS X known as OS X El Capitan. Mac OS X El Capitan Shaking the mouse makes the cursor appear larger to make it easier to find. Safari now includes "pinning" of tabs, which leaves permanent icons on the top of…

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Open Source Swift – A Look At The Top Swift Repositories

Github, the most popular open source repository for open source software, offers a feature that let's us view repositories by language. In this post, I want to dissect some of the most popular Swift repositories as of June 5th, 2015. So, let's kick it off with the most starred Swift repository, Alamofire. Alamofire Alamofire is an "Elegant HTTP Networking in…

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