Mar 2009

Changes 1.5

Ian Baird has shipped Changes 1.5 (I’m a big fan) with a cool new feature — SCMHUD. There’s a short screencast (1:23) on the site.

RogueSheep iPhone app nearing beta

Inside RogueSheep: “We have finally found the time to pursue the iPhone application we first envisioned at last year’s WWDC. Not to blow our own horn, but I am just simply amazed at how beautiful this thing looks on the phone.”

I’ve seen it, and he’s right, it’s gorgeous — it’s one of those apps I want to have so I can look at it.

Introducing JSTalk, an alternative to AppleScript

Gus: “JSTalk is to AppleScript, what Cocoa is to Carbon. I know, I know. It's a lofty, crazy goal. But someone has to try...”

I’m seriously considering supporting this in NetNewsWire. I can’t make any promises yet, naturally, but I want to do it.

WWWDC: June 8-12

Subclassing NSManagedObject

Marcus Zarra on The Mac Developer Network: “Seasoned Objective-C developers are accustomed to certain ways of subclassing objects. While we definitely subclass objects less often than developers of other languages, it is still necessary in many cases. When it comes to the NSManagedObject, the rules for subclassing are a bit different.”

MarsEdit 2.3

Red Sweater’s MarsEdit now supports Tumblr blogs, among other cool new features. (If you’re not using MarsEdit, it’s time to start.)

The Makers of Things

Rands In Repose: “We are defined by what we build. It’s not just the engineering ambition that designed these structures, nor the 20 people who died building the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s that we believe we can and decide to act.”

Measuring the Design Process

Theocacao: “Visual design is often the polar opposite of engineering: trading hard edges for subjective decisions based on gut feelings and personal experiences. It’s messy, unpredictable, and notoriously hard to measure.”

The Creator’s Culture

TightWind: “The reason I love this community is this: hard work, passion, and creation are valued more than anything else.”

Checking in with NewsGator: interview with Walker Fenton

Sexy Widget: “One minute I knew them as an RSS Reader, and then seemingly overnight, they have established themselves as a leading player in helping companies leverage widgets to extend the reach of their content.”

Paul’s iPhone App Submission Journey

Corporation Unknown: “I submitted my first iPhone app to Apple for review on Thursday. The process didn’t go smoothly; there were issues I probably should have known about, and issues that seemed to have been compounded by using my client’s keys to release under their developer account.”

iPhone development course - Apr 25 & 26 in Seattle

Joe Heck: “For the past several months, I’ve been coding away madly for a new iPhone application — a course to teach other folks the basics of programming on the iPhone.”

Ego app

Garrett Murray’s cool-looking new iPhone app gives you one central “location to check web statistics that matter to you.” Supports Feedburner, Mint, and Twitter, so far.

Renaming Xcode projects

Chris Espinosa: “One of the FAQs of Xcode is ‘Why is Save As... disabled for my project file?’” (Via Chris Parrish.)

VP Reader (VoodooPad reader for iPhone)

Gus’s VP Reader landed on the App Store today.

Cool! I’ve been looking forward to it. Congrats to Gus!

Using the Clang Static Analyzer

Mike Ash: “I guarantee that if you run it for the first time on any substantial base of Cocoa code, you will be surprised and frightened at what it finds.”


Pinax “is an open-source collection of integrated, but reusable apps for the Django Web Framework.”

Sounds like it’s so you don’t have to create all the standard stuff all the time. (It powers coathangr, I’ve heard.)

Coathangr: like Twitter for pants

Massively Overrated’s new service asks, “What are you wearing?”


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