Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Advanced jQuery

The other day I came across this article at ibm developerworks site.
I really liked the app that got developed in the article. It also delivers
a very good intro to events with jQuery.

Here is the direct link to the article:
Advanced jQuery


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Create a mockapp of your next iPhone or iPad app

Today I came across MockApp a design tool that lets you quickly create a mockup of your iPhone or iPad app. Thats right. No need to fire up interface builder and start mocking around. Or create sketches of your new app.

I find it very valuable for app development. It not just saves you a lot of time but also gives you visual feedback on your idea. And there is one more thing it comes with a powerpoint version. So if you want to MockApp on your windows or linux, you can do it without having to be next to your mac.

Click here to visit the MockApp website and learn more about it.


Monday, March 15, 2010

XServer stops working on Ubuntu 9.10 after reboot

Today I rebooted my Ubuntu 9.10 desktop after making a big update. And to my biggest surprise it only booted into the terminal. After googleing the issue I could not find anything related to this. So I took the second best approach and decided to reinstall the nvidia driver.

I wanted to use a tool that would do it for me so if it happens again then I don't have to remember what made it to work. Again back to the good old friend google and it brought up this tool called envyng.
I quick $ sudo apt-get install envyng-core it was installed and ready to run.
I started it with $ sudo envyng -t and just followed the very clean simple instructions. After it installed the recommended version of the driver I just rebooted and everything works just like before.:)


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Indie games shoul cost more

I have been an active reader of Jeff Vogel for awhile. I really enjoy his honest opinion on game development and game industry. Since I have been working on a couple of small games for the iPhone I have always felt that the prices for the games in the app store just way too low.

He wrote up a really awesome article on the issue. I belive that every game developer should read it.

So if you got this far then go ahead and read it.
Indie Games Should Cost More, Pt. 1 


Quick update

It has been awhile since I wrote anything on this blog. I am still alive it has been just very busy at work. I have been working on a huge multi stage reporting software for a multi million dollar company.
It's been an interesting ride. The sheer amount of data they collected in the last 5 years is very impressive.

The biggest  joy out of it that I can use C again for writing the actual reporting part of it and Python to do all the rest. I am enjoying the work very much but it does not leave me with very much free time.

I am getting ready to start the work on my iPad app. It will use all the new features of the iPad SDK to provide the best user experience. Even though it will not run on the iPhone because of that.
I belive that it will benefit from it in the long run.

I know I still have to write up the post on how to write a dumb but cute  programming language and I will, but right now I have to prioritize my time.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Python Objects

I came across this a few weeks back. It's an article on Python Objects from linux.com.
I think it is very well written and a good first read for beginners or programmers new to object oriented programming.
Here is an expert from the article
This article will give an overview of the basic object-oriented concepts in Python. We’ll start by defining an object and learning what it is. Next, we’ll take a look at how you can discover the properties of Python's built-in objects and how you can create your own. Then we’ll finish off with a list of best practices and a pointer to where you can go to get more information.
If you are new to object oriented programming or just starting out with python here is the link
An Introduction to Python Objects


Monday, January 4, 2010

Busy Reading

I have not blogged for awhile and I thought I share the reason... I am reading Coders at Work by Peter Seibel. It's a great book. I really enjoy reading about these genius programmers life and how they program and what is there preference in terms of language and coding style.

Highly recommended for every programmer out there.
Again here is the link to the amazon page. Coders at Work.