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iOS Development Tips & Tricks - Part II

March 27th, 2014 by
(http://blog.trifork.com/2014/03/27/ios-development-tips-tricks-part-ii/)

To continue my previous blog, iOS Development Tips & Tricks - Part I, in which I explain what tools I think are best to use for iOS development, I want to dive more into the actual code and tell you about my most used and therefore favourite frameworks in iOS.

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iOS Development Tips & Tricks - Part I

December 19th, 2013 by
(http://blog.trifork.com/2013/12/19/ios-development-tips-tricks-part-i/)

As you might know, I am very fond of developing apps for the iOS platform. I started back in mid-2009 by trying to create an app for the Dutch Lowlands festival but I unfortunately failed to make the app a reality. I didn't care because now I learned how to write iPhone apps!

Screen-shot-Yert-app
After that I never stopped trying out new app ideas in my spare time and occasionally blogging about it. In 2010, I created an app to use to communicate with friends using our custom forum-like website which was called 'Yert'.

EasyCalendarAnd later, March 2011, I created an app in my spare time together with my uncle (Jos Jong) and brother (Jim van Zummeren) which turned out to be quite profitable: Easy Calendar. I learned the most creating this app. I also developed some iOS apps for clients of Trifork, for example I made the love to load app for The New Motion and an app that allows doctors to log their hours for GeriMedica: Ysis Mobiel.

Oh, and I almost forgot: Learn to write with Tracy! An iPad app that makes learning how to write for children more fun and thus effective.Tracy

Next to the apps that made it into the App Store, I worked on a bunch of other ideas in my spare time that unfortunately never saw the light of day. But I learned from them every time. I want to share some tips & tricks with you all, which I learned over time. I want to talk about what tools I use nowadays, what frameworks I recommend and the different ways of distributing an app.
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iOS 7

November 27th, 2013 by
(http://blog.trifork.com/2013/11/27/ios-7/)

ios7

Better late than never, a blog about iOS 7! I want to talk about some different subjects concerning iOS 7 both from a user's as from a developer's perspective.
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Apportable (a much better alternative to Phonegap) and AFNetworking 2.0

October 22nd, 2013 by
(http://blog.trifork.com/2013/10/22/apportable-a-much-better-alternative-to-phonegap-and-afnetworking-2-0/)

cocoahead_sm2On October 16th I attended CocoaHeads, an iOS developer meetup that is organized every few months by Peter Robinett of Bubble Foundry and other volunteers. Every time it's hosted at a different location. It was previously hosted at Spil Games, Xebia and NOS. This time it was hosted at eBuddy. The formula is simple: great speakers show up and talk about interesting frameworks, hacks, tricks and so on. During the presentations, attendees can enjoy some free drinks and food.

This was the fourth time I went and it was the best edition yet! That's why I decided to blog about it this time. I believe this was the best edition because there were talks given by two speakers from San Fransisco: Matt Thompson and Zac Bowling and they talked about some pretty interesting and even mind blowing topics.

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Windows Phone 8 - C# vs. Java

September 17th, 2013 by
(http://blog.trifork.com/2013/09/17/windows-phone-8-c-vs-java/)

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Welcome back to another brand new Windows Phone 8 blog! After I explored the UI and checked out the IDE it is now time to take a look at the programming language: C# or "C sharp". I want to focus purely on the language itself and compare it to the language I know best: Java. I was surprised how good C# was compared to Java. The syntax of both languages look a lot alike. I want to highlight some of the language features I discovered while writing my first app of which I thought: wow, I wish Java would have this!

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Developing Windows Phone 8 apps

August 6th, 2013 by
(http://blog.trifork.com/2013/08/06/developing-windows-phone-8-apps/)

Windows-Phone-8-Logo-Small
In this blog I want to dive a little bit into developing apps for Windows Phone 8. I want to tell you something about the programming language you will have to use, the IDE and anything else you need to know to start developing your own Windows Phone app. I will also talk about ReSharper, which made my life so much easier!
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Windows Phone 8 - A new Platform

July 16th, 2013 by
(http://blog.trifork.com/2013/07/16/windows-phone-8-a-new-platform/)

I want to dedicate this blog to Windows Phone 8, a refreshing, exciting and relatively new mobile platform.

In the mobile world, I am mainly an iOS developer and I have "some" experience writing Android apps. I also have no development experience with any Microsoft platform whatsoever. So for me this platform is something completely different. It's a new language, a different user interface mindset, a new SDK to learn...

So I decided to dive into it head first. I used Bootcamp to dual boot my Mac with Windows 8, I purchased a Windows Phone developer subscription, installed Visual Studio and I bought a second hand Nokia Lumia 920. I want to give you my first impressions and give you a general overview of what Windows Phone 8 is and what it will be like to develop apps for it!
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Developing apps for the Pebble smart watch

June 18th, 2013 by
(http://blog.trifork.com/2013/06/18/developing-apps-for-the-pebble-smart-watch/)

Pebble

In this blog I want to talk about Pebble. A watch that can connect to your smart phone (both iPhone and Android) via Bluetooth to do all sorts of cool stuff a regular watch can’t do. Among the cool things you can do with it is install apps, which you can write yourself. As a geek and iPhone owner, I find this possibility especially interesting! I want to give an impression of what Pebble is, what it can do and how you can get started developing apps for this watch!

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Apple WWDC Keynote 2013 - My opinion

June 12th, 2013 by
(http://blog.trifork.com/2013/06/12/apple-wwdc-keynote-2013-my-opinion/)

AppleIf you haven't already you should all watch Apple’s WWDC keynote that was streamed live from San Francisco earlier this week; some really interesting things were announced. At least that’s how I see it and in this blog entry I'll give you my thoughts on some of my highlights, but there were so many small things they covered which you really have to see (or experience) instead of reading about it. Anyway, if you don't want to watch the 2-hour keynote, then this blog entry provides you with a good alternative...

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Properly testing Spring MVC controllers

December 11th, 2012 by
(http://blog.trifork.com/2012/12/11/properly-testing-spring-mvc-controllers/)

In this post I want to introduce you to the Spring MVC testing framework, a way to properly test your Spring MVC controllers.
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