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What it Takes to Hit #1 in Various Mac App Stores
By Erica Sadun
Apr 16, 2014
Erica Sadun tells the story about some of her own "successful" apps and explains why top chart positions in the Mac App Store may disappoint on earnings.
Why the 3.5” Form Factor Still Matters – Even in the Age of the iPhone 5S and Later
By Erica Sadun
Apr 9, 2014
It’s good to be regularly reminded about non-obvious testing targets that you might not have been thinking about. Here are some extra reasons you should continue targeting the 3.5” form factor for the foreseeable future.
The Big Nerd Ranch Guide to iOS Programming: Managing Memory with ARC
By Aaron Hillegass, Joe Conway, Christian Keur
Apr 1, 2014
In this chapter, you will learn how memory is managed in iOS and the concepts that underlie automatic reference counting, or ARC.
iOS Development: A Fistful of Directive Tricks
By Erica Sadun
Mar 26, 2014
Although many compiler directives exist in the Xcode wild, many developers rarely move past #define (to create macros) or #pragma mark (to add bookmarks). There’s so much more you can do. Compiler directives are language add-ons that specify how Xcode processes its input. Xcode’s Clang compiler offers a rich suite of possibilities. This quick write-up offers a few of these directives, and you learn how they can enable you to harness warnings and errors for the greatest information impact.
Understanding Model-View-Controller on iOS
By Ash Furrow
Mar 13, 2014
Before you dive into UICollectionView, you should get familiar with the basics of the iOS application lifecycle and the Model-View-Controller (MVC) paradigm. This chapter will help bring you up to speed and demonstrates the platonic ideal of what you should strive for: clear separation between model, view, and controller.
Learning iCloud Data Management: Setting Up iCloud for Development
By Jesse Feiler
Feb 27, 2014
This chapter looks at iCloud from the developer’s perspective, providing a high-level view of additions and modifications to Cocoa and Cocoa Touch with particular emphasis on setting up iCloud in your app.
Working with Text, Keyboards, and Buttons in iOS 7 App Development
By John Ray
Feb 18, 2014
This chapter shows how to create an application that uses multiple different input and output techniques. It teaches how to implement and use editable text fields, text views, and graphical buttons, and how to configure the onscreen keyboard.
Writing Your First Android Application
By Joseph Annuzzi, Shane Conder, Lauren Darcey
Jan 16, 2014
This chapter shows how to install the Android sample applications and to add and create Android projects from within the Android IDE.
Python and Your Phone: Let’s Talk About Kivy
By Katie Cunningham
Jan 6, 2014
Thanks to a new library, Python programmers can program apps using Kivy. This article introduces the key Kivy features and then shows how to handle layout in Kivy and explore some existing examples.
Accessing Google Maps in Android Apps
By B.M. Harwani
Dec 30, 2013
This article explains how to use Google Maps Android API V2 in Android applications.
Introducing iOS Auto Layout
By Erica Sadun
Dec 9, 2013
This chapter introduces the core concepts that underpin Auto Layout, Cocoa’s declarative constraint-based descriptive layout system.
iOS Drawing: Learning Contexts and Basic UIKit Fundamentals
By Erica Sadun
Dec 5, 2013
This chapter reviews the core technologies that underlie iOS drawing, diving into the concept of contexts and showing how to build and draw into them.
Programming in Objective-C: Creating Your First Program
By Stephen G. Kochan
Dec 4, 2013
This chapter shows how to write your first Objective-C program. It sticks to the basics to help you understand the steps involved in keying in a program and compiling and running it.
Learning Core Data for iOS: Your First Core Data Application
By Tim Roadley
Dec 3, 2013
This chapter provides a Core Data essentials primer, providing an overview of the basics and then showing how to add Core Data to a sample application that will be developed over the course of the book.
iOS Components and Frameworks: Getting Up and Running with Core Data
By Joe Keeley, Kyle Richter
Dec 2, 2013
This chapter describes how to set up a project to use Core Data and illustrates how to implement several common use cases with the sample app.
Hello, iOS SDK: Introducing the iOS Software Development Kit
By Erica Sadun, Maurice Sharp, Rod Strougo
Nov 28, 2013
This chapter details the first steps in learning to create applications for iOS: introducing the iOS Software Development Kit (SDK) and showing how to get the Xcode toolset installed on your Mac.
Variables and Types in Objective-C
By Aaron Hillegass, Mikey Ward
Nov 27, 2013
This chapter introduces the concepts of variables (a place where a piece of data can go) and types (a classification of variables) in Objective-C programming.
Avoiding Ten Big Mistakes iOS Developers Make with Core Data
By Tim Roadley
Nov 22, 2013
This article highlights common mistakes developers make with Core Data. It also touches on Core Data’s benefits, terminology, versioning, migration, performance, and iCloud integration pitfalls and how you can avoid them.
Android Media Basics: Images, Audio, and Video
By Lauren Darcey, Shane Conder, Carmen Delessio
Nov 19, 2013
This chapter takes a closer look at the details of handling images and bitmaps including creating bitmaps, using drawing commands, and handling very large images. It also covers audio, video, and other media options.
Learning Core Data for iOS: Managed Object Model Migration
By Tim Roadley
Nov 1, 2013
This chapter will show how to add model versions and model mappings, as well as demonstrate different migration techniques you can choose when upgrading a model.

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