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Johann Dowa

Best Resources In iOS Development – August 22nd, 2011

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Welcome to the site, another week has gone by, and this week Apple released yet another update to the iOS SDK beta.

This week’s resources include a UIView transitions library enabling some very slick transitions, a brilliant demonstration of many different core animation techniques, the conversion of some Cocos2D iPhone tutorials to the cross-platform Cocos2D-X and more.

Here are the resources listed in order of popularity:

1. Open Source: 3D View Transitions Library Including Cloth And Flip Style Transitions – An excellent library utilizing OpenGL ES allowing you to perform custom transitions between UIView objects.

2. Open Source: Unique Device ID Generator For UDID Alternative – After stories broke on tech sites about impending changes regarding access to the UDID by iOS apps – this library was created to allow for easy generation of a unique ID using the app bundle identifier and the device’s MAC address.

3. Open Source: Extensive Core Animation Techniques Demo – A brilliant demonstration of multiple core animation techniques from a CocoaHeads meeting.

4. Building An Aim/ICQ/Jabber Client On iOS (Open Source Frameworks, Examples, And A Tutorial) – Responding to a question on this topic – this is a list of frameworks for the Oscar and XMPP protocols along with an open source AIM/ICQ messaging app, and a tutorial on building a Jabber client with the Objective-C XMPP framework.

5. Open Source: Library For Stacking And Sliding Tables Like The iPad Twitter App – An iPad control allowing you to easily create animated tables that can stack and slide to display large amounts of data.

6. Tutorial: How To Import And Export Documents With Your Apps – An excellent step-by-step guide demonstrating how to import documents (including .PDF) documents, and export them for use within other apps that can handle docemnts.

7. Open Source: Easy UITableView Replacement Library Great For Forms/Config Screens – A brilliant library allowing you to create Tableviews with just a few lines of code with cells including various controls – particularly good for forms, and loading screens.

8. Tutorials: Cocos2D Game Tutorials Converted To Cross Platform C++ Cocos2D-X – A collection of tutorials written for iOS Cocos2D and accompanying C++ Cocos2D-X source code that can run on both the iOS and Android platforms.

9. Open Source: Collapsable Grouped TableView Library And Tutorial – An easy to use library allowing to add a minimize, and maximize buttons to each group within a grouped tableview.

10. News: Open Source 2D PixelWave Game Engine Officially Released – An open source 2D game engine for the iOS platform fashioned after ActionScript 3, designed to be usable quickly by Flash game developers.

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