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.
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!
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’.
And 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.
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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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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On 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.
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!
If 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…
Next tech meeting isn’t about anything related to Java, but it is targeted towards Java developers. Together with my uncle Jos Jong I will first give you all a brief introduction to Objective C and iOS and compare it a little to Java. Also we will try to convince you that Objective C is a cool language worth looking into and playing around with! I will even give you a live coding demo of creating an app from scratch. Hopefully you will get inspired to start creating an app yourself!
After the pizza & beer break we will go into more detail about the iPhone app we developed together called Easy Calendar. This app was released in the first quarter of 2011. We will tell you all about how the app evolved into what it is today. We will cover the experiences we’ve had with developing, marketing and creating the graphical design for the app. Also, we will tell you about how we dealt with the bigger display which comes with the new iPhone 5.
If you’re interested, you can sign up here (don’t worry, it’s free!): http://info.orange11.nl/Nov2012mobiletechmeeting.html Hopefully we’ll see you all there!
Tom van Zummeren
Hi! My name is Byron Voorbach. I am an intern at Orange11 as a software developer since february 2012. During my time at Orange11 I have been given the opportunity to work at some great applications. Ysis Mobiel for our client Gerimedica is one of those applications. Since I am fairly new to the company this will hopefully be my first (of many) blog posts.
The Mobile team at Orange11 have already developed a lot of pretty cool apps. Two of which I’ve been involved with from the sidelines are The New Motion & Learning to Write with Tracy. But with the Ysis Mobiel app, I was properly involved from day one, and I really gained insight as to how to integrate cool features such as:
- providing security by logging in users with a simple pin code
- give the users the ability to work without an active internet connection
- figure out ways to optimise the user interaction within the application, trying to come up with a way to have users interact as quickly, easily and effectively as possible
But next to those challenges, I had a real drive to make the application a success, because first of all, it is part of a bigger project the Electronic Health Records (EHR) that Orange11 develops and on the other hand because as part of my studies I created something similar to this application, so could really relate back to its purpose. Anyway, the app is in the App Store and the feedback we have from GeriMedica to date from the first customer demos are really positive. I am already exciting about working on more mobile apps and I look forward to sharing more of my experiences on the Orange11 blog too. For now, you can read more about Ysis Mobiel in the Gerimedica / Ysis Mobiel case study on our website.
The New Motion is enabling mobility based on renewable energy. Orange11 has developed an iPhone app for The New Motion that allows you to find load locations (list or map view), showing you the locations nearest to you and also showing realtime availability. And of course, it is possible to search for a specific load location.
We are happy to announce that the app has been accepted in the Apple App Store.
For more information see:
The New Motion – Love to Load