A couple decades ago the costs of putting up a website seemed really reasonable–especially as compared to pre-Internet media like books, newspapers, and encyclopedias. A lone webmaster toiling away in the wee hours of the night could get a site up and running with HTML and CGI by the break of dawn. Pages were static,… Continue reading The Cost of Doing Internet Business
I wrote a tutorial that demos how to use a couple of UITableViewControllers, a segue, the Storyboard, a simple model, and as little code as possible to create an iOS app. https://github.com/jpavley/Smith You’ll find the code and a very detailed README on Github. It’s open source and I hope you find it useful.
My comic book collection iOS app continues to evolve. I continue to strip out features and focus on the core mission: Buy a comic, snap a photo, add it to your collection. With that in mind the UX now looks a lot like a photo app that has been preconfigured for storing comic book metadata.… Continue reading Book Binder Update
I’m still working on that comic book collecting app! It’s starting to look and feel like a real app but still has a long journey of test driven development ahead of it! Here’s what it looks like so far… On the left is the Summary View and on the right is the Detail View. The… Continue reading Book Binder App Update: Variant Chaos!
I’m working on a hobby project iOS app that lets me track my comic book collection. I’m interested in comic books because all these super heroes from my misspent youth rule the world of popular culture. While the cool kids were playing sports and going to parties I stayed at home reading comic books. In… Continue reading Unit Tests Equal Awesome
I’m on that Apple program that where you pay for an iPhone over time and you get the opportunity to update immediately when a new model comes along, as it does every year. While this is a very good deal for Apple, almost like a subscription service, it’s a good deal for me too. I… Continue reading iPhone to the Max
Set the Dial to 1998 Let’s power up the time machine and take a quick trip back to the wide world of tech around 1998. Microsoft was the Khaleesi of software and controlled a vast empire through Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer. Microsoft marched its conquering army of apps over the desktop and through the… Continue reading Is It 1998 Again?
When I was a lad I would sneak into my father’s den and ransack his library. This was the early 1970s and I discovered all sorts of treasures, many of which I could barely comprehend, including The Godfather and even The French Lieutenant’s Woman. But the one book my pre-teen brain could parse was Future… Continue reading Future Shock Reloaded
It’s only getting worse. And there is no cure. I’m talking about meetings. Most sapiens are natural social networkers. And that means we need to know what is going on, who is doing what, how it’s going to be done, where we’re doing it, and why we’re doing it this way and not that way.… Continue reading Meeting Madness
The other day I was writing up a job description, which I take rather seriously, and I remembered that I needed to include the statement that an engineering manager has the responsibility to function as the “voice of the engineer”. Then I sat back for a moment and thought, Is this true? Why can’t engineers… Continue reading The Voices of Software Development