Rapture In Venice, LLC – John Blanco

:: Freelance iOS and Xamarin Development


The Horrors of Sub-Contracting

I’ve been a full-time mobile consultant now for three years and, even in that short period of time, I’ve seen the kind of work I do change a lot. When I started, I did a lot of projects for budding entrepreneurs and fixed-bid work. I loved it! But over time, partly due to the allure […]



I Have An Idea for an App! Now What?!

It’s 10:00 AM, you’re in your office (or better yet, at home on your couch) dreaming up million-dollar app ideas when — BAM! — like a bolt of lightning it hits you. EUREKA! You have conceived of The Next Big Thing™: an app that will change the world, or at the very least provide your […]


ARC Support Without Branching

When Apple announced support for ARC (Automatic Reference Counting), iOS developers jumped for joy at the prospect of no longer having to litter codebases with manual memory management code anymore. Finally, we can concentrate on logic without all the error-prone, time-consuming boilerplate. But, even moreso than most of the new features in iOS5, the transition […]


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RIV Announces RaptureXML for iOS!

I’m so pleased to announce a new project that’s now on GitHub called RaptureXML. It was born from the sheer aggravation using any of the current XML frameworks has caused me — and I’m sure every other iOS developer out there! The beauty of RaptureXML is the ability to use query paths, which leverage a […]


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So My First Week Being Self-Employed Is Over…

I’ve been a professional software developer since 1998 when I took my first job at InfoBeat helping to build out the great set of email services that, well, have been sold off so many times they seem kinda spammy now. For 14 years I’ve been continuously employed with Exactis, Qubit Technology, CorAccess Systems, InsureWorx, EffectiveUI, […]