Episode 154: The Apple Watch Event Special

Manton and Daniel react to Apple’s September, 2014 special event at the Flint Center in Cupertino. They work through questions surrounding the types of apps that Apple Watch may support, whether WatchKit may be Swift-only, and coming to terms with bigger iPhones.

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  • iPhone 6 – “Bigger than bigger” — ain’t that the truth?
  • Apple Watch – Apple’s massive new product category.
  • Nickel allergy – Condition that Daniel suffers from and hopefully does not affect Apple’s watch!
  • Swift Language – Apple’s newest programming language.
  • Location Services – Documentation from Apple about Location Services.
  • Apple vs. ITV – 2010 article about Apple’s thwarted plan to name the Apple TV iTV.
  • Stripe: Apple Pay – Documentation from Stripe about supporting Apple Pay purchases using their payment framework.

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September 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm.

Episode 153: Due For A Little Reality Distortion

Daniel and Manton talk about Apple’s big event next week, the implications of holding it at a larger venue, what’s happening with the brand-new Apple campus, and the implications of Apple’s rumored payment solution on upstarts like Coin.

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September 3, 2014 at 7:12 am.

Episode 152: Stubborn About Great Things

Manton and Daniel speculate about iCloud Drive’s accessibility by non-Mac-App-Store apps, and talk about distributed version control systems and how Git emerged victorious among them.

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  • iCloud Drive – Apple’s public marketing for the upcoming cloud storage feature.
  • Dropbox – Widely-known and well-regarded cloud “drive” provider.
  • Document Provider Extensions – Apple solution that may allow e.g. Dropbox or another cloud storage solution to provide file browsers to any app.
  • Bazaar – Distributed version control system from Canonical.
  • Mercurial – Daniel’s preferred distributed version control system.
  • Git – You know, the distributed version control system that won.
  • GitHub – Value-adding Git hosting site widely credited with aiding Git’s success.
  • GitX – Recently maintained fork of an older, open source Git GUI client.
  • Tower – Popular Mac Git client which was recently updated.
  • Gitbox – Git client that Manton likes but which has not been updated often.
  • SourceTree – Git and Mercurial client for Mac.
  • Beanstalk – Git-hosting service that Manton preferred until giving into GitHub’s domination.
  • Bitbucket – Mercurial and Git hosting service run by Atlassian, the developers of SourceTree.
  • Kiln – Mercurial and Git hosting with a twist: access any repository from either technology.

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August 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm.

Episode 151: Enough Is Enough

Daniel and Manton speculate about Swift’s 1.0 release date, Manton visits NYC’s 5th Avenue Apple Store, and we follow up on Jared Sinclair and the challenge of succeeding on the app stores.

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  • Swift Blog – Apple’s casual source for news about the development of Swift.
  • Apple Store Fifth Avenue – The underground Manhattan store topped with a beautiful glass cube.
  • My New Job – Jared Sinclair announces his acceptance of a full-time job.
  • Unread – Jared Sinclair’s RSS app, which will be put into maintenance mode.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac-based blogging app.
  • Sunlit – iOS photo-journaling app by Manton and Jonathan Hays.
  • App.net State of the Union – May announcement from App.net about the future of the service.
  • Ship Your App Weekly – Blog post by Klaas Pieter Annema encouraging frequent update releases.

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August 22, 2014 at 7:24 am.

Episode 150: Full On Nickel And Diming

Manton and Daniel discuss coping with email support while traveling, the pros and cons of app localization, Swift’s operator overloading, and coding playgrounds for the common person.

(Note – this update corrects an error in the previous submission that caused a long silence in the middle of the episode).

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August 14, 2014 at 8:12 am.

Episode 149: We Used To Be Better At This

Daniel and Manton discuss the value of delegating in home repair and software development, celebrate the steady improvement of Swift, and complain about the rampant “that’s fine for Marco” attitude among some folks.

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  • AFNetworking – Popular, robust iOS networking library by Mattt Thompson.
  • Alamofire – Mattt Thompson’s Swift-based networking library.
  • Apples to Apples, Part II – Jesse Squires puts Swift’s run-time performance to the test.
  • Overcast – Marco Arment’s podcasting app for iOS.
  • App Rot – Marco Arment reflects upon issues surrounding app store success.
  • Debug #43 – Marco Arment joins the Debug podcast crew.
  • Five Hard Lessons – Jared Sinclair’s followup to his article about Unread and the reaction to it.
  • MathTime – Owen Voorhees’s iOS app that was promoted by Rush Limbaugh.
  • @wii – Yet another Twitter account that Manton owns but never uses…

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August 8, 2014 at 5:00 am.

Episode 148: A Little Peach Pie Kit

Manton and Daniel continue their discussion about the challenge of succeeding in the App Stores and in general as an indie software developer.

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July 31, 2014 at 2:00 am.

Episode 147: Back To Real Work

Daniel’s home repair distraction, finding time to explore new WWDC goodies, Yosemite public beta, Apple’s continued home runs, and a metaphor on success in the App Store and… gym memberships?

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July 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm.

Episode 146: A Swift Bias

Manton and Daniel respond to feedback from last week about Swift dividing the Mac and iOS developer community, and discuss the impending shutdown of App.io’s brilliant web-based iOS app demos.

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  • Kill Swift, Fix Xcode – Tim Burks’s bug report to Apple imploring them to abandon Swift development.
  • Renaissance – Tim Burks’s iOS app-development conference.
  • Nu – Tim Burks’s ambitious, Objective-C-based programming language.
  • Swift Blog – Apple’s official blog for the Swift Programming Language.
  • MobileMe Blog – Short-lived Apple blog dedicated to updating customers about the status of MobileMe (via Cabel Sasser)
  • Surfin’ Safari – The WebKit team’s official blog.
  • Farewell App.io – Announcement from App.io that their demo-page style product will be shut down.
  • Diet Coda – Panic’s demo-page style deployment of App.io’s innovative iOS app preview technology.

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July 15, 2014 at 7:52 pm.

Episode 145: An Element Of Academic-ness

Daniel and Manton talk about the iPhone 6′s allegedly improved glass, our continuing resolve to postpone Swift adoption, and raise the question of whether Swift will split the platform’s developers into two language camps.

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July 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm.