Jun 2008

Development Phase Code Signing

Red Sweater: “But the user who has it worst of all is me myself, as I’m constantly revising the application, leading the system to request new approvals every time my changed application accesses the keychain. To get around these constant requests, I finally decided to at take advantage of code signing during the development phase.”

Announcing LiveDiscKit

Rogue Amoeba: “Way back in January, we showed off LiveDisc for Macworld San Francisco. We got a number of requests from other developers looking to use it themselves. At the time we just said ‘maybe’, and then everyone went home from Macworld and proceeded to forget about it.”

Thinking Like a Cocoa Programmer

Theocacao: “First and most importantly, the Cocoa programmer’s focus is always the end result for the user, not the academic sophistication of the code.”


MacRuby “is a version of Ruby 1.9, ported to run directly on top of Mac OS X core technologies such as the Objective-C common runtime and garbage collector, and the CoreFoundation framework. While still a work in progress, it is the goal of MacRuby to enable the creation of full-fledged Mac OS X applications which do not sacrifice performance in order to enjoy the benefits of using Ruby.”

WordPress To Disable Remote Access by Default

Red Sweater: “But in my opinion, there are also good arguments to be made for rejecting the change as a damaging and misguided solution.”

AppleScript and chat privacy

Jason Snell: “Recently I was fuming on Twitter about the inability to set ‘private times’ in chat applications.” AppleScript to the rescue!

Bullit NetNewsWire style

cameron i/o: “Bullit is the style I developed to read my RSS feeds on NetNewsWire. Clarity and readability were the most important factors.”

Share Your NewsGator Clippings with ReadBurner

Nick Bradbury: “NewsGator has partnered with ReadBurner, and as a result, it’s now dead simple to share your NewsGator clippings with ReadBurner. This means that FeedDemon, NetNewsWire, NewsGator Inbox and NewsGator Online customers can easily share their clipped articles with ReadBurner.”

Here’s how to share clippings in NetNewsWire. Once you have a clippings feed, you can go to ReadBurner and add it. (See Nick’s post for more details.)

iPhone developers roundtable

Macworld: “The Worldwide Developers Conference is now a recent, bright memory. To celebrate its passing, we devote this episode of the Macworld Podcast to all things WWDC — a reality check on what Apple announced last week and then a roundtable interview with a group of Mac developers who have turned their attention to the iPhone.”

It was cool to get the chance to talk to Jason Snell and to a couple stars of iPhone development: Craig Hockenberry and Greg Titus.

What Should iPhone Applications Cost?

Paul Kafasis, Inside iPhone: “If you’re not going to be in the store at launch, you can certainly wait and see how the market adjusts itself. Will people pay $10 for applications? Almost certainly. How about $20 or more? We don’t yet know.”

2008 PMC Software Auctions

Seth Dillingham is looking for software donations for the 2008 PMC Software Auctions. It’s a great cause, and already the good folks at Bare Bones and C-Command have donated software.

Ars preview of mobile NetNewsWire

Ars at WWDC: “After yesterday’s exhibition of iPhone third-party applications developed primarily by companies who had never programmed for the Mac before, we here at Ars were champing at the bit to get a peek at a few applications written by grizzled Mac veterans and see how they stacked up.”

Grizzled? ;)

CocoaHeads reminder

Reminder: tonight’s CocoaHeads meeting is at 7 at the Apple Store. A bunch of smart folks are speaking: Gus Mueller, Daniel Jalkut, Dirk Stoop, Jasper Hauser, and Mathieu Tozer. (I’ll join them for the Q&A session at the end.)

And, after that, it’s time for the Ars Party.

Buzz Andersen’s 5th Annual WWDC Party

Buzz’s party is at 111 Minna Gallery tonight. This is the third year in a row that NewsGator, where I work, has been a sponsor. (Thanks, folks!) This year Golden%Braeburn is also a sponsor — it sounds pretty cool.


Wolf: “I’m happy to report I’ve decided to go for another round, and C4[2] is scheduled for September 5th through 7th.”

Not an OS

Tim Bray: “But the Internet’s killer app is people, has always been, will always be. Every single step forward has involved finding new routes and patterns and tools for people to use interacting with other people.”

Sweet Decay

Rands In Repose: “Scars are stories. What I want out of my notebook is that it looks better after three months of beatings. A great notebook decays gracefully.”

Apple’s Script

Daniel Jalkut: “While AppleScript is lauded for being accessible to naive users, it’s factual ease of use is becoming less relevant as JavaScript’s actual ease of use explodes.”

Version Control Makes You A Better Programmer

Cocoa Is My Girlfriend: “I realize that version control isn’t just about versioning any more. It’s a whole methodology/ideology that makes better programmers.”

WWDC Survival Guide

Peter Hosey: “The objects that Moscone serves as lunch are not food. Food, by definition, is edible. Eat out.”

Mike Lee on Tapulous

Ars Technica: “Tapulous hopes to show the upcoming swaths of iPhone developers that you don’t have to work for a huge company with a huge budget in order to be successful and create kickass products. ‘I wouldn’t say we’re hoping to lead the community per se, but we definitely want to help build it and shape it into the kind of friendly, respectful, and cooperative environment that the Mac has enjoyed,’ Lee told us.”

CocoaHeads WWDC 2008

Theocacao: “I’m thrilled to announced that we have an amazing lineup for Tuesday’s special meeting of CocoaHeads in San Francisco.” Gus Mueller, Daniel Jalkut, Dirk Stoop, Jasper Hauser, and Mathieu Tozer are speaking. I’m joining them for a Q&A session at the end.

RogueSheep is hiring

Jobs at RogueSheep: “More than a specific set of skills, RogueSheep is looking for someone with the right convictions and personality to match with our tightly knit, if quirky team. We need someone that is versatile and willing to learn new skills in old technology and to remap old skills into new technology.”

My pals at RogueSheep — well, I would work for them, myself. Good folks. If you’re looking for a job or thinking about a change, definitely check it out.

Preview of Versions SVN Client

Theocacao: “Versions is the first practical solution I’ve seen for developers — web developers included — who have high standards for UI and don’t have the patience or interest to learn the quirks of the subversion command line tools. For those folks, this is far better solution than making zip copies of your source folders with manual timestamps, particularly when you work within a team.”


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