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The Best Resources In iOS Development July 12th 2010 (For Week 07/03-07/09)

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The number of resources being shared for iOS developers has grown dramatically.  I created this site to feature my own tutorials and tips along with those created by other iPhone programmers.

It seems that with the introduction of the iPad and iPhone 4 there is an explosion in the number of resources and blog posts for iOS development, and it certainly appears that the popularity of the iOS SDK has hit a new peak.

I understand it has become harder to keep up with things so I’d like to introduce a new feature where I will show the previous week’s posts in order of popularity (based on traffic and tweets) .

Latest edition here: iOS Development Resources

You can check out the first edition below:

1. Screw Multitasking: How To Make Your iOS 4 Apps Exit For Real
A quick tip on how to set your apps to remove themselves from memory immediately upon exit in iOS 4.

2. Cool Tool For Quickly Making Glossy iOS Buttons
A tool for easily making custom glass buttons using the iPhone simulator.

3. Interactive iPad App Prototypes In Under 30 Minutes Using Keynote
A keynote theme allowing you to easily create an interactive iPad interface prototype.

4. With Just 3 Lines Of Code Add Twitter/Facebook Into Your iOS App
Introduction to the Sharekit library for easily adding social sharing into iOS apps.

5. iPad Development Tutorial and Resources Collection
A list of top-notch iPad tutorials and resources.

6. Easily Adjust Your Images For The iPad or iPhone Retina Display
Introduction to an open source library that allows for easy resizing of UIImageView elements.

7. A Carnival For iOS Developers! Get In Get Traffic
Several developers get together and form iDevBlogADay to grow their traffic.

8. How To Stay Motivated And Actually Complete Your iOS App
Several tips on maintaining motivation throughout a large indpendent software project.

9. iOS Developer Gold Discovered On Twitter
Some great tips found on Twitter for iOS developers.

10. Nice & Easy iOS OpenAL Sound Library – Open Source
A very easy to use open source library allowing for easy integration of OpenAL.

If you like this list then please share it with others.  Thanks!


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A Carnival For iOS Developers! Get In Get Traffic

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A blog carnival that is!

If you haven’t heard the term before a blog carnival is a collection of posts from different blogs related to a specific topic that which links to are posted on one blog.

Now the reason why this is cool is two-fold:

  1. Driving visitors to a developer blog can be tough.  And this can be a terrific way  to drive traffic to a site with minimal effort. More visitors can mean more sales and more money which is probably why you are developing in the first place.
  2. It’s a great way to get information and insights into iOS development, and make connections with other iPhone developers.

The carnival was started by @mysterycoconut on Twitter (I guess it is more of a theme park since the carnival stays in one place), and is hosted at idevblogaday.com.  You can contact him to get on the waiting list if you’d like to submit a post.

Don’t forget ManiacDev.Com also takes in submissions of tutorials, tips, tools, and libraries which I will blog about here in front of the 2k+ daily visitors giving you a permanent link.


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3 Great iPad Development Guides

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While the iPhone 4, and iOS 4 upgrade may be grabbing most of the headlines due to it’s recent release the iPad has in it’s short existence proven to be a fantastic seller with over 3,000,000 iPads sold in under two months.

Already there has been much written from those looking to grab headlines due to the iPad’s success.  However there really have not been too many high quality tutorials for those looking to develop on the iPhone.

I shared some excellent tutorials from Ray Wenderlich previously here:
iPad Tutorial – Converting iPhone Apps

Alex Curylo at Under The Bridge has created a great list on his website for iPhone developers you can find here:
iPad Programming Roundup

Three excellent resources on that list which stuck out to me were:

  1. iPad Multitouch – An example of how to use 11 simultaneous touch events from Matt Gemmell.
  2. iPhone To Hybrid – Making your iPhone apps truly multi-platform from Dr. Touch
  3. Designing For iPad – Great guide on designing fro the iPad from information Architects.

Sources: Alex Curylo, Matt Gemmell, Dr. Touch, Information Architects


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