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Google Glass: What Developers Need to Know about This New Platform

By Courtney Nash
June 3, 2013

You’ve likely already seen pictures of people using Google Glass, if not had an actual in-the-wild spotting as well. After getting a quick demo myself, I spoke with Maximiliano Firtman about his talk at Fluent conference that covers what developers …

What's New In Honeycomb

By Zigurd Mednieks
January 27, 2011

Google just released a preview of the Honeycomb SDK. It includes an emulator that will run the Honeycomb operating system, so you can get a taste of what it will be like to use Honeycomb, and it includes SDK support for Honeycomb, so developers can get started writing Honeycomb application

Flex Development using Notepad++, the Flex SDK, and Ant...All Completely Free!

By Charles Bihis
December 15, 2010

"Flex is a highly productive, free, open source frameworkfor building expressive web applications." This is taken directly from the Flex product page on Adobe.com (emphasis mine). However, after talking to many web developers over the years, I've come to find...

Flash Builder Burrito, Flex Hero SDK, Flash Catalyst Panini Now Available

By Rich Tretola
October 25, 2010

Well, the wait is over. If you head on over to Adobe Labs, you can now download public previews of Flash Builder "Burrito", Flex Hero SDK, and Flash Catalyst Panini. Here is some additional info on these new tools: Key...

Introducing AntPile

By Jesse Freeman
September 13, 2010

AntPile is an AS 3 project template complete with ANT build script and unit testing scaffolding. It also supports automating Air for Android APK compiling and deploying to phones.

Installation guide for Android Donut release

Installation guide for Android Donut release
By Andy Oram
October 23, 2009

Zigurd Mednieks, ace telephony developer and co-author of New installation information for the 1.6 "Donut" Android SDK.

Yes, you can now use quite a bit of SVG in the Internet Explorer too. With Ample SDK.

By Sergey Ilinsky
July 30, 2009

The Scalable Vector Graphics technology, SVG in short, seems to be experiencing nowadays its second (or third?) birth on the web. The browser vendors are investing heavily into lifting up what they initially prototyped long time before. This is true of Opera, Firefox, Safari and Chrome, but there is no clear indication on the plans to supporting SVG from the major browser vendor - Microsoft. True, Microsoft has recently made a vague statement on its commitment to support the standards and the thrilling web-as-a-platform thing aka HTML5, but in what extent and when? And what shall we do until that time has come, or until the older IE browser park has updated?

Why attend InsideMobile?

By Steve Weiss
July 20, 2009

O'Reilly is presenting, in conjunction with 360 Conferences, the InsideMobile training and networking event in San Jose, Sunday and Monday, July 26 and 27th. We designed the program to cover the other parts of the story in this summer of...

Installing the iPhone SDK

Installing the iPhone SDK
By Allen Noren
January 29, 2009

Anyone interested in iPhone development will want to get their hands on Jonathan Zdziarski's iPhone SDK Application Development: Building Applications for the AppStore. I have a fresh copy here on my desk, and it's filled with tips and code from this noted expert. The following except is a good overview to get anyone started with the SDK.

Opt-In Complexity

By Chris Adamson
January 16, 2009

It's an interesting trait that the Mac and iPhone stacks work this way, opting in to complexity and keeping the higher-level APIs sparser and simpler, and you have to wonder whether it's a conscious design decision or a happy accident.

Wave Front OBJ File Loader for iPhone

By Bill Dudney
December 31, 2008

Many years ago (way back in college) I wrote a 3D stress visualization application for one of my professors. It was my very first Cocoa application. Written on a NeXT Cube in Display Post Script. Wow, was it cool...

3D Transformations on iPhone with Core Animation

By Bill Dudney
October 18, 2008

Apart from getting all my existing CA examples onto the iPhone I've also been toying with what the best way to build out the 'photo city' demo from WWDC 2008 would be (my next Core Animation screen cast series)....

Programming with Safety Scissors and Glitter Glue

By Erica Sadun
October 10, 2008

Although the NDA is on the way out, not all is restored to sparkly brightness in the world of the iPhone SDK. Developers must still deal with day-to-day limitations built into Apple's development environment.

A proposal for SDK-compliant copy & paste

By Erica Sadun
October 3, 2008

This morning, I had one of my d'oh moments: finally figuring out exactly how to do inter-app copy and paste without breaking SDK rules. It basically goes like this, in a similar fashion to the Core Location service I wrote about a few months ago:

Goodbye NDA

By Erica Sadun
October 2, 2008

Goodbye NDA and welcome to the age of open collaboration. Yay.

iPhoneLive - made better without the NDA

By Bill Dudney
October 1, 2008

While the program at iPhoneLive was already really exciting with all the great speakers and content we had lined up. Now the the NDA has been lifted all the speakers are going to be able to share more detail...

SDK Code Samples at iDevKit

By Erica Sadun
August 28, 2008

iPhone developer Mxweas (author of mxtube) writes "I made a forum for iPhone SDK and Toolchain development called idevkit.com. There are tons of code samples already up and it currently has about 460 members. Feel free to check it out."

iPhone Notifications

By Erica Sadun
July 31, 2008

Listening to notifications isn't hard. Just call CFNotificationCenterAddObserver and add your application as a listener. Unfortunately, unlike standard notification centers, the Darwin forbids eavesdropping. You must specify exactly which notification token you want to listen for.

iPhone 2.1 SDK goes live. Beta 2.1 firmware available

By Erica Sadun
July 25, 2008

Head on over to the iPhone developer site to get your fresh hot copy of the iPhone 2.1 sdk and beta firmware. It's unclear whether the SDK beta NDA agreement still applies to this new release. In other news: pwnage is now out of date.

Pwnage, Jailbreak and now...what?

By Erica Sadun
July 24, 2008

Now that the iPhone has been jailbroken, may people are asking "So now what?" What use has the jailbreak been, especially considering the easy advantages of App Store distribution. The answer to that depends on how you use your iPhone.

A Place for the Novice iPhone Developer

By Matt Twomey
July 19, 2008

Opening the book on my journeys in iPhone development, mistakes and all. Come read along, follow along, and join in the discussion.

The 'missing' CLI...

By James Cuff
July 13, 2008

So back in the day, we used to build a lot of UNIX apps for the iphone, and one thing that we really miss in the new SDK is a quick way to do the old: ./configure --host=arm-apple-darwin trick The...

A Guide to iPhone Dev Documentation

By Matt Twomey
July 3, 2008

Among all of the iPhone documentation published, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? In this article, Matt Twomey highlights some of the documentation from Apple that he has found most accessible, but at the same time particularly useful.

Roadmap for O'Reilly's Inside iPhone Site

By Derrick Story
June 4, 2008

O'Reilly has created a place where all things related to the iPhone can call home. Here you'll find technologists passionate about the iPhone platform offering blogs, articles, code and forum chat about the iPhone SDK, web apps and Dashcode, and cool iPhone related innovations.

Starting an iPhone Community

By Erica Sadun
June 4, 2008

With its multi-touch interface, accelerometer and integrated multimedia support, the iPhone platform provides an exciting space for third party development. Now that Apple has stepped up to the plate and released its SDK, it's growing ever richer. Xcode and the official SDK offer new worlds to explore while the thriving Open Toolchain SDK community continues its forward progress.

Roadmap for O'Reilly's Inside iPhone Site

By Derrick Story
May 30, 2008

O'Reilly has created a place where all things related to the iPhone can call home. Here you'll find technologists passionate about the iPhone platform offering blogs, articles, code and forum chat about the iPhone SDK, web apps and Dashcode, and cool iPhone related innovations.

Starting an iPhone Community

By Erica Sadun
May 30, 2008

With its multi-touch interface, accelerometer and integrated multimedia support, the iPhone platform provides an exciting space for third party development. Now that Apple has stepped up to the plate and released its SDK, it's growing ever richer. Xcode and the official SDK offer new worlds to explore while the thriving Open Toolchain SDK community continues its forward progress.

iPhone SDK4 debuts, Panda/P2 protocol goes MIA

By Erica Sadun
May 5, 2008

As the new iPhone SDK hit the streets, I decided to take another look at those iPhone Panda protocols I wrote about just a month ago. To my slight surprise, the protocols disappeared from Apple's public iTunes listings.All mentions of Panda have dropped away. The two remaining P2 (i.e. iPhone) items, namely a top ten list and the iTunes terms of service, no longer produce any iPhone-specific results.

Seven hours

By Erica Sadun
May 1, 2008

Seven hours. Go on and ask. I know you're dying to. What could possibly waste seven hours of time in a developer's life? Why downloading an SDK and installing new firmware! Needless to say, I'm in a particularly grumpy mood...

Open iPhone SDK: Building a UIProgressBar

By Erica Sadun
May 1, 2008

Progress bars allow end-users to anticipate wait times. They present bars that fill from left to right. These bars indicate the degree to which a task has finished. Progress bars work best for long waits where providing state feedback allows...

iPhone: Open SDK vs Closed SDK

By Erica Sadun
May 1, 2008

Hackers have been hard at work updating the open source iPhone SDK to work with Apple's newest unreleased firmware and here is what they have found: nearly everything that worked with earlier firmware continues to compile and work with the...

Fixing Terminal TTY errors

By Erica Sadun
May 1, 2008

Say you were working in an unspecified but extremely buggy beta SDK. Say you suddenly started encountering "could not open a new pseudo tty" errors whenever you tried opening a new terminal windows. There's not much help out there on...

Things you *really* need to know about the SDK

By Erica Sadun
May 1, 2008

I was up way way late and woke up way way early. I didn't sleep so you could--here are important things you need to know about the SDK. Intel only. You need an Intel Mac running 10.5.2. Don't believe the...

Downloading the SDK

By Erica Sadun
May 1, 2008

If you have even the slightest interest in the iPhone SDK be aware that Apple's servers are getting slammed from every direction. I finally got a download to start after a few hours and am about 5 hours away from...

Pre SDK thoughts

By Daniel H. Steinberg
March 6, 2008

As Apple prepares to announce the iPhone SDK in a couple of hours I'm torn. Haven't people been trying to convince us for years of the advantages of browser based applications? And Apple has put the browser on its list of strategically important pieces of the puzzle to own along with hardware and the operating system.


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