Apple WWDC 2014 Starts Today

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today in San Francisco. This 5 day conference showcases new Apple software and technologies for iOS and OSX through technical presentations and hands on labs. It begins with the keynote at 10am Pacific time broadcast live on Apple’s website and on a channel on Apple TV.

In the past, Apple has made major announcements at the Monday morning keynote such as the iPhone App Store in 2008, the iPhone 4 in 2010 and iCloud in 2011. Since 2008 Apple has announced the next iOS operating system at the WWDC. This year is no different as iOS 8 banners appeared days ago in the Moscone Center where the conference is held. [Read more…]

Xamarin.iOS for Visual Studio Now Supports Visual Studio 2013

Hi, My name is Dan and I have to admit I am a software update junkie. When I look at someone’s iPhone and see they have pending app updates, it is difficult to resist updating all. On Windows I have a daily routine of checking for updates on the app(lication)s I use often such as Resharper, Xamarin.iOS/Android, Visual Studio, etc. [Read more…]

Can iOS Enterprise Apps Be Used By Customers?

In this post I will respond to a few questions about the iOS Developer Enterprise Program in reaction to my blog post 5 Options for Distributing Your iOS App to a Limited Audience (Legally).

My blog post included a quote from the Enterprise License agreement:

“Internal Use Applications developed under this Agreement may be deployed on Deployment Devices in two ways: (1) deployment for internal use by Employees, and (2) deployment for use by Customers either on Your physical premises or under the direct supervision and physical control of Your Employees in other locations, subject to Apple’s right to review and approve such deployment as set forth herein.”

A reader asked that I clarify the inclusion of “Customers”. [Read more…]

WWDC 2012

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is held annually in California. This 5 day conference showcases new Apple software and technologies for developers through technical presentations and hands on labs. This year’s conference was held in San Francisco at the Moscone Center and began on Monday, June 11th .

In the past, Apple has made major announcements at the Monday morning keynote such as the iPhone App Store in 2008, the iPhone 4 in 2010 and iCloud in 2011. This year rumors floated that Apple might announce a new Apple TV or the elusive iPhone 5.

This was my first WWDC. In the past, I’ve followed live feeds from keynote presentations and watched recorded technical sessions. This year I looked forward to attending in person.
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Compile PhoneGap Source Code in Your iOS PhoneGap Project

This post explains how to configure an iOS PhoneGap project to include the open source PhoneGap code as a sub-project in XCode 4. I successfully achieved this with PhoneGap 1.5 through 1.61. I’m not sure if it works with other versions of PhoneGap.

I included the PhoneGap source code when troubleshooting a consistent crash on the iPad as the camera app opened. Including the Cordova source code allowed me to step through the camera related code in XCode.

How to Buy iPhone Apps in Bulk

Imagine a company wanted to buy each employee the latest Angry Birds iPhone app as a gift. How can they do so? As it turns out, there’s a program for that.

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A Brief Comparison of WordPress, Drupal & Joomla!

This blog is my first experience using WordPress or any open source CMS (Content Management System). You can accomplish a great deal with WordPress in a short time without getting into HTML and coding. I’ve built web sites from scratch with just a text editor and with various tools like Microsoft’s ASP.net. WordPress allows you to focus on content and making your site unique instead of reinventing the underlying technology plumbing.

WordPress started out as a blogging platform and has evolved into a CMS. It’s been adapted for many uses such as news and company information sites. WordPress was the clear choice for my first blog. However, is it the best tool for a small business or a collaboration web site? Before I start adapting WordPress for other uses, I am investigating other open source CMS options. [Read more…]

5 Options for Distributing Your iOS App to a Limited Audience

Imagine you’ve built an iOS app for a limited set of users. Since it requires authentication, the app is useless to the general public. Is the public App Store the only option to deploy this app without express shipping devices through the mail?

I’ve identified 5 options that you should know about.

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Microsoft: Open Source Friend or Foe?

A colleague recently posted a link to the following article and asked to hear other’s thoughts: Meet Bill Gates, the Man Who Changed Open Source Software. The following are my thoughts…

Microsoft must embrace open source software or it will become irrelevant. It’s not surprising that Gates had the foresight to realize this early. He’s historically been good at identifying technology shifts before they happen. [Read more…]

Mobile Multi-platform Technologies

Sometimes the most challenging part of a technology decision is determining what options are available. This is especially true in the mobile technology space where new technologies pop up every day and major platforms become obsolete overnight. That’s why I started collecting information about mobile multi-platform technologies I encountered. I’ve included it here for reference.