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Monday, December 30, 2013

Rultech weekly


iOS News

Is your AppDelegate.m cluttered with a lot of initialization code? There is a better way to organize all that code with launchOptions parameter. Great article from Mattt on different launchOption keys and code snippets on how to use it.

We all have spent numerous hours going back and forth arranging pixels and waiting for the app to build and look for the output on simulator. Ole has worked out a way with the help of Classy, Masonry and ClassyLiveLayout to see live edits in the simulator.

Great overview of Core Bluetooth APIs and best practices. iOS 7 made some great additions to the Core Bluetooth API and with iBeacon using Bluetooth LE under the hood, Apple is surely going to make more additions to it in the future versions.

UI Dynamics is the newly added library to iOS 7 that allow you to add real-world inspired interactions to your UI. Mehfuz Hossein step-by-step shows how to create a simple slide-out menu with UI Dynamics. Definitely check it out if you havent yet used UI Dynamics in your app.

Goes without saying, debugging is the most time consuming thing we do as a programmer. XCPretty library helps you format Xcode build log so you can clearly look at the error messages rather than reading between the lines.

Design

Logo matters, it gives the first visual identity to your app. Its worth looking into logo creation from every perspective. Take a look at 11 of those perspectives in this great visual post.

Dragging things from one side of the screen to another is painful and even more so when its on a touch screen. Dave makes a good case for using touchable interface rather than drag & drop.

Business and Marketing

Software Developer Dennis Reimann lists his reasons for switching to a freemium model for your apps. Interesting read which discusses the growing Freemium model and the App stores tendency to leave "demo" version of apps behind in search rankings.

When words can only go so far, its up to you to screenshot the essence of your app for the respective store. Use this guide to make sure the pictures of your app are at their best.


Android News

Ever given thought to what the programming of tomorrow will look like? An Android developer walks us through a sample of what its like to develop for Google Glass.

Want to allow users to limit your app access to certain profiles? Gabriele has written a great post on how to accomplish it. Netflix just started doing it, you should too!

If you are like me you probably hate writing tests. But its good to know your options just in case. Wiebe walks through four different functional testing frameworks in this post.

Design

When words just wont do the trick you can use this collection of icons for relaying hand motions for user navigation. Fast, functional, and free.


Cross-Platform development is sometimes considered the way to go but developing the app and designing it can be worlds apart. This post aims to eek developers into consideration regarding the vastly different UIs of the standard iOS and Android App.


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