Tag Archives: development

Introduction to Corona SDK – MADExpo 2012

This is a talk I gave at the 2012 MADExpo.  It covers why we chose to use Corona SDK for our cross platform game development and the benefits we’ve seen from using Corona.  The presentation includes a screencast of me coding a project. The project files can be found here: Cloud Jumper The artwork for […]

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Intro to iPhone Game Programming in Denver, CO

Did you miss the awesome Intro to iPhone Game Programming workshop that Ray Wenderlich and Rod Strougo gave in Atlanta?  If so, here is your opportunity to catch them again in Denver, CO. Rod and Ray literally wrote the book on iPhone Game Programming when they authored Learning Cocos2D: A Hands-On Guide to Building iOS Games […]

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New Core Location and Map Kit workshop

Having trouble building location based apps? What about creating custom maps for your apps? I’m pleased to announce that I will be teaching two new workshops for developers covering the CoreLocaiton and MapKit frameworks. These workshops will be online so anyone can attend! I’ve written a few tutorials on this site that discussed customizing MapKit. […]

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Tools for Devs: App Viz 2

Idea Swarm has announced a new version of their popular tool for iOS developers, App Viz 2. The popular App Viz products give you insight into your iOS app sales on the iOS and Mac App Stores. It provides a number of charts and graphs that help you get an idea of how your apps […]

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5 Tips for New Designers When Working With Developers

I’ve worked with a few designers throughout my stuttered career as a developer. Now as I enter my indie mobile development career phase, I find that I rely on designers even more heavily to make my ideas and structures and algorithms become works of art and function. I’ve compiled 5 tips to help designers when […]

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Book Review: Start Small, Stay Small

Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer’s Guide to Launching a Startup by Rob Walling My rating: 4 of 5 stars As a developer, I’m not necessarily looking to start a business that makes millions of dollars. I’m just looking to start/run a business that lets me work my own hours and live a comfortable life. […]

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iOS Programming 101 for Baltimore Developers

I have a great announcement to make. Last week at the Baltimore Hackathon, I met Ray Wenderlich, a Maryland based independent developer currently focusing on iPhone and iPad software. Ray and I were talking about how much we would love to grow the Baltimore iOS development community when the light bulbs went off in our […]

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Integrating ShareKit with Cocos2d for the iPhone

ShareKit is an awesome library for sharing almost any content with a number of social media sites. It’s incredibly powerful and can share images, URLs, text and even files. It’s smart enough to which social sites can accept which content and only show the services that can handle that content. This was a really simple […]

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(Follow Up) – Getting Safe[r] Short links in your iOS App

This is a follow up to my original post on using McAfee’s URL shortening service, McAf.ee, in your iOS apps. I was able to find an API that makes the process even easier. //First setup the URLs NSURL *urlToShorten=[NSURL URLWithString:@”http://www.shawnsbits.com”]; NSString *mcafeeURLShortenerString=[NSString stringWithFormat:@”http://mcaf.ee/api/shorten?format=text&input_url=%@”, SHKEncodeURL(urlToShorten)]; NSURL *mcafeeShortener=[NSURL URLWithString:mcafeeURLShortenerString]; //Get the result NSString *mcafeeShortenedString=[NSString stringWithContentsOfURL:mcafeeShortener encoding:NSStringEncodingConversionAllowLossy error:nil]; […]

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