I recently wrote about Cocoa / Cocoa Touch frameworks, and in writing about it I was sorely tempted to dive into Modules, since they are pretty important to modern frameworks. But it was such a huge topic, I decided to break it out into a separate post. In a nutshell, LLVM Module Maps were invented … Continue reading LLVM Module Maps to the rescue!
If you don't know the nuts and bolts of how your code is compiled, linked, and executed on target devices, you aren't alone. And lets be honest, this is perfectly fine! That's the great thing about abstraction: not everyone need be an expert at everything in order to be effective. There are times though where … Continue reading Cocoa Dynamic Frameworks
Consider the following situation that happens far too often in mobile app development: You've just released an app that works perfectly for you, and you've tested it extensively. You're proud of your accomplishments and submit the app to the world, only to have several emails sent to you from users who have nothing but difficulties … Continue reading Logging with CocoaLumberjack and TestFlight
I've recently released version 1.2 of Docset Viewer, which fixes a number of bugs people experienced with the previous version. If you had problems with the previous release, please give this one a try. One of the improvements I've added is the ability to customize whether or not you would like to back up your … Continue reading Docset Viewer v1.2 and how to customize iCloud backups
As I've shown in my previous post announcing Docset Viewer, I want this series of posts to be more than me talking about my new app. In keeping with the instructional nature of my site, I'm going to show you a few things that I did in my new app Docset Viewer and how I … Continue reading Docset Viewer: Resuming large downloads with NSURLConnection
For anyone who's developed exclusively with UIViews on iOS may take the title of this post a bit oddly. "WHAT?!" they might say, "Are you insane? Core Graphics is not only a C-only API, but has confusing function names, and needs way more code to do the same thing I can do in less code … Continue reading Core Graphics isn’t scary, honest!
One of my pet peeves is Open Source iOS libraries distributed as just a collection of Objective-C classes, rather than being bundled as a static library. I know a lot of people prefer it that way, but from a maintainability standpoint it really doesn't make much sense to me. So when I'm faced with another … Continue reading Building a static library with Jenkins
With iOS 4.0 Apple introduced two new technologies to the iOS platform: Grand Central Dispatch, and blocks. Simply put, it is to multi-threaded programming what fire is to a barbecue. Sure you can do without it, but the end result is much better. Despite all this, developers still seem to avoid using it. Some of … Continue reading Using GCD and Blocks Effectively
One of the things I like most about Apple's iOS SDK is the consistent and easy-to-use API they provide. Across all their different frameworks there's a pattern at work that makes using their classes easy to understand. This is due in part to the simplicity for configuring those objects. In most cases you don't need … Continue reading Back to Basics: Using KVO
Following up on my previous post in this series, I'm going to continue talking about beginner topics that I and many other developers take for granted. So for this entry in my "Back To Basics" series I'd like to talk about UITableViews, and how to simply and easily construct one without convoluted or confusing code. … Continue reading Back to Basics: Simple UITableViews