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Skinning the UIPopoverController

The UIPopoverController was introduced in iOS 3.2 as part of the initial iPad release. An exclusive to the iPhone’s big brother, it’s seen a lot of action. Needless to say, if you’re reading this tutorial, you’ve probably already used the UIPopoverController dozens of times! But, have you ever needed to change its appearance? In this […]


How to Link to your App in the App Store (WHY WAS THIS SO HARD?!)

This is, historically, one of my favorite iOS topics because of the ridiculous number of solutions to it: What if I haven’t published the app before? What if I don’t want it to go to iTunes?! Can I link without redirects?? So here’s the final solution for every conceivable situation, only very recently solved by […]


What’s the point of your library if you won’t tell me how to use it?

Friday morning. 9:00 AM. Last day of the work week. Your Trello board says there’s one more feature to add to Rocket Smack! and that’s the ability to post your high score to Facebook. You’ve never integrated with a social network before and you have a whole day to get it working. You’re excited to […]


My First Android Tablet

Yeah, now I know why they sell these at a $199 price point. Poor gluing and a poorer QA process. John BlancoJohn Blanco is a freelance iOS and Xamarin developer living in Lakewood, CO. He’s been developing mobile apps for 10 years, beginning in the medieval days of Java ME and Blackberry, making him the […]


Pragmas Aren’t Just For Marks

Ask an iOS developer what a #pragma is and more times than not they’ll tell you, “It’s a directive that lets you group your functions in XCode’s method index thingy.” OK, I confess, that’s what my answer would’ve been not too long ago! The truth is, there are plenty of #pragma usages out there and […]


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