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  John BlancoJohn Blanco is a freelance iOS developer in Denver, CO. He’s been developing mobile apps for 12 years, starting during the medieval days of Java ME, making him the ultimate hipster mobile engineer. Follow him on Twitter!More Posts Follow Me:

 

Time for Apple to Retire the 16GB iPhone?

Stock checks around Colorado suggest there’s far less market for a 16GB model iPhone. Considering the size of apps, photos, videos, expansion of the OS itself, and how difficult it was to upgrade to iOS 8, seems many people are leery. Time to retire it, Apple? ¬†How about a base 32GB model next year? John […]

 

How to Create a Flappy Bird Clone with SpriteKit in 20 Minutes

First, create a project in XCode. We’ll call it “Floaty Avian.” Next, bring in the SpriteKit and… WHY ARE YOU READING THIS? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?? THERE’S A MILLION GREAT GAMES ON THE APP STORE, AND YOU’RE **STILL** HUNG UP ON THIS ONE? IT’S GONE. YOU’RE AN IPHONE DEVELOPER! I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU CLICKED […]

 

How to Memorize Block Syntax

Since block syntax came out alongside iOS 4, I’ve struggled to memorize it. Sure, blocks without return types or parameters = ^{ return @”super easy to recall”;}, but once you factor in arguments and want to accept a block argument in a method, thingsBecome:(CGFloat (^)(NSInteger way, id more, CGRect complex))dontYaThink? It’s no wonder that Fucking […]

 

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My Concise Introduction to CocoaPods

CocoaPods is now the industry standard for managing third-party frameworks and dependencies for iOS. There’s such a demand to make libraries work with CocoaPods that, even in its very early days, I actually received 5 requests to add a Podfile and tag before I even knew what CocoaPods was! Nowadays, I love it, and I’d […]

 

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