Interactive Presentation Slides at 360iDev Jan 28, 2020 This is a story of how a trip to a karaoke bar led to me writing my own app to display presentation slides. Of how a user interface that allows live smartass comments led to me being completely nerd sniped until I was able to do something I’ve never seen in a conference session– however silly the result was. In the end audience members could send Emoji and other images directly to the slides during the session, which ended up looking like this. ...
Better logging with Emoji Jan 17, 2020 Apple’s developer tools provide a rich variety of debugging aids. Sometimes though, it’s useful to do things the old fashioned way. With debugging, this often means just printing out data while your code runs, and then looking through the results to see what’s going on. Some scenarios where printing debug data helps include: When you need to check on something that happens a lot. When the mental context switching between using your app and using the debugger gets to be too much. ...
Return to Independence Jan 14, 2020 Aaaaand, I’m back. It’s been a long time since I posted anything here. Mainly this was because I worked full time for a while. I found it hard to work all day on someone else’s project, then come home and do even more blog-worthy code-related stuff. At the end of the work day I was done with code. So, this blog faded away. Back before that, in my glorious years of independence, I could find time to explore whatever technical areas caught my eye. ...
BombBomb in the Gazette Nov 4, 2017 The Colorado Springs Gazette just did a nice feature article about BombBomb, the place where I write apps these days.
Data Detection in Swift Oct 25, 2017 I have a love/hate relationship with regular expressions. I love them because they’re great for examining text to find useful information and, often, to change the text in some way. I hate them because once you get beyond basic matching, they descend into bizarre write-only code that gives me flashbacks to my days writing Perl. In extreme cases they may well endanger the universe. And so we come to one of my recent coding issues: How can I find out if a string contains a valid email address? ...
Migrating from Dropbox Nov 10, 2016 Over the past year or so I’ve been trying out Resilio Sync (formerly BitTorrent Sync) as a possible alternative to Dropbox. It’s gradually improved to where I think I can rely on it. With my Dropbox subscription up for renewal in a couple of weeks, now’s the time. In this post I’ll describe how to set up Resilio to get a Dropbox-like experience. What I want from file syncing I’ve used Dropbox for several years now. ...
Date Math is Hard, Let's Do it Tomorrow Nov 6, 2016 This post is based on a lightning talk I gave at CocoaConf San Jose a couple of days ago. It’s that time of year– the time when summer time, or “Daylight Saving Time” as we for some reason call it in the USA– is ending. That time when a developer’s thoughts turn to date math and what a pain in the ass it can be. Why is this so hard to get right? ...
My other blog Sep 9, 2016 I try to keep this blog on topic, sticking to technical posts of interest to iOS and macOS developers. So when I wanted to write about something else I set up a different blog unrelated to my business. ...
Stump 360 III: The Search for Stump Aug 12, 2016 Later this month I’m hosting Stump 360 III: The Search for Stump, the third annual Stump 360. It’s part of 360iDev in Denver. It’s on August 23, 4:45pm - 6:00pm. In case you’re not familiar with Stump 360, here’s some possibly interesting information. Stump is sort of approximately a game with two teams, the audience and the panel. It’s a quiz/trivia style event where each team poses questions to the other in the hope of stumping them. ...
Stump 360 Questions, 2015 Aug 12, 2016 Here’s the list of questions asked at Stump 360 in 2015. If you’re not familiar with Stump 360, see my other post that describes it more fully In general, Stump 360 questions can cover Anything iOS or Apple related Especially anything covered in a 360iDev talk. Keep in mind the audience is allowed to use Google, etc, so questions shouldn’t be too easy. These are the questions asked of the audience at Stump 360 in 2015. ...