Wow the past few months have been quite a wild ride, and a ton of things have happened! So much has gone on and I’ve been writing so much software that I haven’t had the time to blog about it. In the time I’m not writing software, I’d rather spend it with my wife than spend it writing about the software I’d written.
One of the other big reasons why I haven’t been as chatty on my site as usual is, of course, the launch of the iPad and the iPhone 3.2 SDK. I decided to hit the ground running with this platform, and used this new SDK as my playground for learning more native development skills. I developed two applications for the initial launch of the iPad, Boomle and myDrum Pad.
Boomle is an easy-to-play game featuring peaceful sounds, low-touch interaction, and an addictive gameplay. It was a lot of fun to build, and got me started working with OpenAL, manually drawing displays, and dealing with real-time games.
myDrum Pad in contrast is an interactive drum pad that aims to allow people to tap beats out with a variety of sound packs along to music, or create their own riffs. It’s still in active development, but this has been a blast. I’m developing it with CoreData, OpenAL sound playback, multi-touch displays, In-App purchase and asynchronous downloads from Amazon S3. It’s a highly dynamic UI with a smooth user experience. It’s also the first iPhone project that I’m directly involving a graphic designer with the whole process, and once we get a beta ready, I’m sure you’ll like the screenshots and demo images we’ll be putting up.
Last, and certainly not least, I’ve changed roles in my day job at Sophos, and am working once again in the Email Security team developing our Email Security Appliance. I get to play with all sorts of complex problems, web-based administration interfaces, and pretty much every technology under the sun.