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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How To Migrate Your App And Protect It From Shutdowns Like Parse’s

How To Migrate Your App And Protect It From Shutdowns Like Parse's Editor's Note: This article is written by Reinder de Vries, indie app developer at LearnAppMaking.com. Oh no! Parse is shutting down... How do you move on? On January 28th Parse announced it will be shutting down its service. They're winding down the done-for-you Backend-as-a-Service, fully retiring it on…

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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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List Comprehensions and Performance With Swift

This post written on August 15, 2015 to be compatible with Xcode 6 and Swift 1.2 List comprehensions provide a concise way to create lists. You can accomplish list comprehension-like operations in Swift even though list comprehensions are not mentioned in the Swift language guide. Say you want to create a list of squares, like: var squares = [Int]()for x…

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