Category Archives: Programming

Sol: Sun Clock version 4 developer notes

Sol: Sun Clock finally gets a system overhaul in version 4, which is now live on the App Store. First, let me extend a THANK YOU to all the users and beta testers who provided invaluable feedback, notes, and …

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What’s Going On? Conqueror for iOS and more…

For those of you wondering what we’ve been up to as of late, I’ve got a lot of interesting news. We finished up a couple big projects for clients in the beginning of the year, and with that behind us, …

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CoreTextArcView for iOS now on GitHub

Well, I’ve been using git for about a year now, so I was overdue to put something on GitHub.

By popular demand (well 2 people on StackOverflow asked for it anyway), I am putting on GitHub my adaptation of the

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Marketing’s a Bitch: Lessons from the App Store

After months of obscurity, Sol: Sun Clock rose to #11 on the Weather charts the night of the solstice, and the next morning, when Apps Gone Free went live, it quickly rose to #2. Downloads went from around 10 a day (paid) to the peak of 21,042 in one day. That is an increase of over 2000%! Over a period of three days, Sol topped 30K downloads.
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Here’s some handy code to extend UIColor, based largely on code by Erica Sadun, but with a couple of fixes and handy (to me) additions. Let me know if this is useful……

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Drawing Text on an Arc in CocoaTouch

CoreText is available now in iOS, but it’s not an easy framework to use. After trying several other approaches to draw text on an arc at this Stack Overflow page,  I adapted Apple’s sample code  CoreTextArcCocoa for Mac class for …

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How to get the Return key to dismiss a UITextView

Need to dismiss they keyboard in a UITextView? Changing the Return key to read “Done” doesn’t make the iPhone keyboard to go away.  Put this code in the delegate for your UITextView and your return key can behave more like …

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plist > JSON > XML

Having developed 4 or 5 iPhone apps now that download remote XML data from servers and populate tables view and other content, I can tell you without reservation that it is the slowest way to go.

Performance using JSON is …

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How To Place a UIWebView inside a UIScrollView

To display several pieces of content on a screen, I needed several views. A scroll view (UIScrollView) was necessary to encompass the headline, photo and story text; I had the headline and photo at the top in a …

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Making annotations fit on a Map View.

After struggling with formulae that convert degrees longitude and latitude to meters, I found a much better way to get annotations to fit on a Map View, thanks to this site:

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