Introducing: Pocket Coach Pro

This project has been near and dear to my heart long before I wrote a single line of code. That said, I think it’s understandable I”m pretty nervous about this pre-announcement. BUT, I also look forward to helping people change their lives for the better. Count this as a semi / unofficial announcement. ūüôā Several …

Why I’m Excited about watch OS 2

For those who don’t already know, I have¬†Repetition Workout Counter in the AppStore for iPhone and iPad. The most recent release – version 2.0 – added support for Apple Watch from day one. I didn’t quite know what to expect out of the Apple Watch. It’s quite an elegant piece of hard ware and software …

Automating iOS + Watchkit build numbers, with Git, for iTunes Connect

This wasn’t especially difficult, but it was a little tedious to track down. I’ve relied on a handy little build phase script (I wish I remember where I found it) for automating build numbers from git commits for iOS apps since Apple gave us access to TestFlight via iTunes Connect. This same script didn’t work …

Jay Fields on Unit Testing

Working Effectively with Unit Tests – Interview with Jay Fields I rather enjoyed this interview with Jay.¬†It was nice hearing a reasonable voice in the discussion – namely, there’s no need to be over-zealous about any one approach. Even in my own work I’ve seen a tremendous benefit to testing as I write code. It …

Measuring Perceived Performance

Measuring user perceived latency | Foursquare Engineering Blog. I’ve found one of the most important components of performance is the¬†perception. Within reason, the actual performance doesn’t matter as much as how people perceive actions to be progressing and completing. This is about the user’s experience. Consider the two possible experiences of loading a web page. …

Localizing Your iOS App: Tutorial, Tips, and Tricks

I recently ran through the process localizing a client’s app. It took some time to fully wrap my head around the inner workings, but now in hindsight it seems relatively simple. The general overview looks something like this: Identify strings that need localization Generate .strings files Export & send to translator Import translations Some Gotchas …

The Case for Slow Programming

A thought-provoking post¬†by Jeffrey Ventrella. I’ve seen both sides. Surely there’s little to be gained by maintaining breakneck development speeds – when the goal is more features as fast as you can. It might look good to business, but there’s a chance it comes back to bite you. I can appreciate taking the time to …

7 Rules for Creating Gorgeous UI

7 Rules for Creating Gorgeous UI (Part 1) In the end, I learned the aesthetics of apps the same way I‚Äôve learned any creative endeavor:¬†cold, hard analysis. And shameless copying of what works. I’m enamored with well-designed objects, software, though I’m not a designer. I appreciate posts like this one¬†because it scratches that inner itch …

Unit Testing CoreData Tip: The Singleton

It’s been a while since I was deep into CoreData, but here I am again. And this time, I’m writing proper unit tests. Things were going pretty well – I had about 50 test cases with a few¬†related asserts in each – until I started messing with saving, and fetching tests. I ran into some …

iOS TDD (Test Driven Development) – Convincing Myself

By no means is TDD (Test Driven Development) a new concept; I’ve known about it for years. I had sone¬†some unit testing on projects prior,¬†they¬†became an integral part of routine when I started consulting¬†for HP’s Software R&D lab. We’ve been very good about testing out all the important logic of the application, save automated functional …

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