Episode 132: Whoo-hoo, I’m The Best

Manton and Daniel recap Manton’s speaking experience at CocoaConf Austin, and discuss this year’s WWDC ticket apportioning system, and the pros and cons of attending.

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April 10, 2014 at 6:18 am.

Episode 131: Definitely In The Freaking Out Stage

Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s upcoming talk, the merits of code vs. ideas in presentations, and the risk of sudden rejection on Apple’s platforms.

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  • Debug #30 – Interview with Casey Liss about C# and other things.
  • Accidental Tech Podcast – Podcast featuring Casey Liss, John Siracusa, and Marco Arment.
  • CocoaConf Austin – The April 4-5 conference at which Manton will be speaking.
  • Sunlit – Manton’s iOS photo-storytelling app.
  • Marco Arment Çingleton 2012 – Marco’s talk in which he eschewed the use of slides.
  • Deprecated API Usage – Screen capture from Drew McCormack highlighting Apple’s rejection of QuickTime APIs in Mac App Store apps.
  • QuickTime X – Apple continues to market QuickTime even as it rejects apps that use its APIs.
  • QTKit Framework – The specific QuickTime framework which Drew’s app used and was rejected for.
  • FastScripts – Daniel’s scripting utility that does not fit well with sandboxing.
  • Clipstart – Manton’s movie clip organizer that likewise does not suit sandboxing.

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April 2, 2014 at 10:39 am.

Episode 130: You Have A Legitimate Complaint

Manton and Daniel devote the entire episode to a discussion of handling customer service mishaps, and how accountable indie developers should be to various support channels.

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March 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm.

Episode 129: We Totally Lost All Your Data

Daniel and Manton talk about App.io live demos of iOS apps, the lure of rolling one’s own solution, and consolidating hosting into fewer services.

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  • App.io – Interactive simulator builds of iOS apps running live in a browser.
  • Diet Coda – Panic’s use of App.io to provide an interactive tour.
  • MacMiniColo – Hosting provider based on Mac Minis running in a server farm.
  • DreamHost – Affordable web hosting with a sassy, unprofessional attitude.
  • Pair.com – Shared web hosting with less attitude, more cost.
  • Rackspace – The VPS hosting service that Daniel uses.
  • Linode – The VPS hosting service that Manton uses.
  • Dreamhost Scale – Manton’s blog post talking up the automation advantages at DreamHost.
  • DreamHost’s Super Lame Apology – Daniel’s blog post reacting to DreamHost’s amateur communication style.

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March 21, 2014 at 8:29 am.

Episode 128: Less Code Is Better Code

Manton and Daniel talk about adopting Apple’s latest technologies, yielding control to automatically generated code, and how to build a developer portfolio that highlights your skills to a prospective employer.

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  • Starting Over – Culminating post by Brent Simmons in the saga of his decision to use or not use Core Data.
  • Transitioning to ARC – Advice from Apple on adopting their automatic reference counting solution.
  • NSBlog – Mike Ash’s blog.
  • Less code, less effort – Brent Simmons on the various benefits of removing unnecessary code.

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March 14, 2014 at 6:50 am.

Episode 127: Too Many Weird Naming Conventions

Daniel and Manton celebrate Apple’s fix of their SSL security bug, discuss GNU’s own SSL issues, and talk about code formatting conventions in Cocoa and Ruby.

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  • Critical Crypto Bug – Ars Technica article about an SSL security issue in GnuTLS.
  • Ruby Style Guide – Unofficial style guide for Ruby professing, among other things, an affinity for _underscores.
  • PowerPlant – The Carbon C++ framework from Metrowerks.
  • NSConference – The UK-based Mac and iOS conference put on by Steve Scott.
  • Hungarian Notation – Wikipedia article on a variable naming convention that includes variable type in the name.
  • Making Wrong Code Look Wrong – We didn’t mention this, but it’s a classic Joel on Software post about coding style, including Hungarian Notation.
  • Brent Simmons – Original developer of MarsEdit.

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March 6, 2014 at 7:25 pm.

Episode 126: A Perfect Storm Of Two Or Three Problems

Manton and Daniel reflect upon the first week of the Core Intuition job board, Daniel’s introduction to Ruby programming, and Apple’s obligation to ensure quality of their security libraries.

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  • Core Intuition Jobs – Our (fairly!) new job board.
  • Dashcode User Guide – Apple’s documentation for their neglecting web-technologies development IDE.
  • SQLite – Famously reliable open source project with questionably conventional code style.
  • A Single Bad ‘Goto’ – Wired article summarizing the Apple SSL security issue.
  • goto fail; – The simple source code mistake that caused the issue.

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March 2, 2014 at 10:59 pm.

Episode 125: Never Feeling Relaxed Again

Daniel and Manton announce the Core Intuition Job Board, marvel at the so-called “Presenter’s Paradox” as it may pertain to products, and discuss the weight of lofty ambitions on folks such as Glassboard’s Justin Williams.

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  • Core Intuition Job Board – The new job board for iOS and Mac Cocoa developers.
  • Presenter’s Paradox – Harvard Business Review article about the effect of “add ons” that don’t cut the mustard.
  • Glassboard – Justin Williams’s one-man social network.
  • Apportable.com – Cross-platform project enabling Objective-C apps that run on both iOS and Android.
  • The Cocotron – Christopher Lloyd’s ambitious cross-platform Cocoa implementation.

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February 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm.

Episode 124: Flappy Bird On Steroids

Manton and Daniel compare notes on the popular iOS games Flappy Bird and Threes, deduce lessons on the value of simplicity in apps, and weigh the value of iOS versions of apps as marketing for Mac software.

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February 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm.

Episode 123: Focus On Just One Thing

Daniel and Manton discuss 37signals becoming Basecamp, spreading one’s self too thinly, choosing a product lineup, time management, and App.net’s new Kickstarter-like system: Backer.

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  • Downton Abbey – The British period soap opera set in a very large house.
  • Two Big Announcements – 37signals announces its name change to Basecamp.
  • Basecamp.com – New site centered around, you guessed it, Basecamp.
  • Paper: Stories From Facebook – The new app from Facebook with a controversially generic name.
  • Black Ink – Daniel’s Mac-based crosswords app.
  • Gus Mueller – Our friend and the developer behind Flying Meat.
  • Flying Meat – Gus’s company, which recently changed its focus exclusively to Acorn .
  • VoodooPad – Gus’s former desktop wiki app, now a product of Plausible Labs .
  • Backer – New crowdfunding service from App.net directed at financing specific software features.
  • Kickstarter – The popular crowdfunding service geared more towards physical rewards.
  • My Nightmare App – Daniel’s 2006 critique of an overly-ambitious crowd-specified app design contest.

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February 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm.