New iTunes Connect Analytics, Crash Reporting

There are a lot of changes coming with iOS 8 including the quality and type of reporting on app usage, analytics, and crash reports directly from Apple.  These don’t seem to be specific or limited to iOS 8, but rather part of updates to the App Store & iTunes connect.  The impression I got from the announcements they made in this regard was that basically companies like Crashlytics and AppDynamics may be seeing competition from Apple, at least on the iOS side of the house. //READ MORE//

First foray into CocoaPods

I’m working on updating an enterprise iOS application.  As part of that update, I eliminated dependancies on several third party libraries, and the remaining libraries I wanted to manage using CocoaPods.  Otherwise, the situation was that the source code for those libraries had just been dumped into the project several years ago, and there was no easy way of knowing what version of the libraries was being used nor a sane way of keeping the libraries updated. Using CocoaPods was surprisingly easy, but there were a few gotchas I ran into since I was integrating this into an existing project.  I thought I would share in case there are any other newbies out there who run into similar issues. //READ MORE//

“Objective-C without all the baggage of C”

One of my developers who has a C background said about Objective-C, ‘it has a lot of baggage from C’.

Apple asked the question, ‘what if we could have Objective-C, without the baggage of C’. Today they gave an answer- a new language called Swift.

finally.