JSON and Property Lists: Alternate Universe Siblings
Apr 3, 2013
Update: This post is old but still accurate as far as comparing JSON with property lists, with examples for Objective-C code. If you’re using Swift, see my newer post that updates this one for Codable and Swift examples.
Mac OS X and iOS include support for JSON and property lists, two generic structured data formats, both in common use in different places. If Stack Overflow is any indication, there’s a fair amount of confusion regarding the two.
Rich Siegel on iCloud
Mar 28, 2013
“Don’t you just turn on iCloud syncing, and it all Just Works?” Rich gets into a lot more technical detail than most of the other iCloud coverage that's come out recently.
iCloud: State of the Union
Mar 27, 2013
As some of you know, I’ve spent a lot of time over the past year working with iCloud in Mac and iOS apps. Specifically, working with Core Data’s built-in support for iCloud. I’m going to be doing a series of blog posts covering iCloud in various ways. Today I’m going to start off with an overview covering how iCloud is supposed to work with Core Data and a little about how it actually works in practice.
Waiting for WWDC
Mar 17, 2013
Once upon a time Apple would announce dates for their World-Wide Developer Conference and those of us who were interested would calmly begin planning our trip. The only urgency came from making sure to buy a ticket in time to get the earlybird price.
Those were the days. Now, the announcement of WWDC dates triggers a mad rush to buy tickets before they’re gone. Don’t hesitate, don’t think, or the decision is made for you.
Rebooting my site with Kirby
Mar 15, 2013
After far too long I’m rebooting this site to bring it up to date, in a variety of ways.
Partly to bring the content up to something reasonably recent. For the past few years I’ve worked as an iOS and Mac OS X contract developer for a variety of clients. Atomic Bird is not at present a Mac app developer, so there’s no reason for the site to be designed as if it were.
Extending NSData and (not) overriding dealloc
Mar 13, 2013
A couple of weeks ago Matt Long was having a problem with an app running out of memory. He had a ginormous data file he needed to load up and process, and that memory hit was more than the app could bear. It would load just fine, into an NSData, but before he could finish with it the app would run short of memory and die.
Until recently the obvious thing would have been to tell NSData to create a memory-mapped instance.