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What Makes Mobile Design Unique?

February 5, 2014  |  iPhone  |  , , ,  |  Comments Off

Are you getting started with mobile design? Any designer who’s had the opportunity to design for mobile devices as well as desktop computers knows that mobile design is a one of a kind discipline. You’ll find challenges unique for mobile. In this introductory article, I’d like to take a look at some of the attributes that make mobile unique.It’s no secret that thinking about a product’s design makes for a better product. This doesn’t solely relate to aesthetics as design also influences how a product’s functionality and how the user interacts with it. Design choices have a distinct influence on...

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JavaScript Tools of the Trade: JSBin

February 4, 2014  |  Wordpress  |  , , ,  |  Comments Off

We’ve all been there. There are times when you simply want to throw some JavaScript code up and see how it works. Sure, you could go through the hassle of:Setting up a dedicated directoryCreate a file with markupFinding the latest version of your favorite libraries, downloading them and including them in your codeCreating your stylesheetConfiguring your webserverThat seems like an awful lot of work just do do some simple code testing. Thankfully there are tools that make this type of work trivial.In this tutorial, I’d like to go over one of my favorite tools for interactive JavaScript testing, JSBin.The Case...

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Working with NSURLSession: AFNetworking 2.0

February 3, 2014  |  iPhone  |  , , ,  |  Comments Off

In the previous installments of this series, we’ve taken a close look at the NSURLSession API introduced in iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. Networking on iOS and OS X has become much simpler and more flexible thanks to the NSURLSession API. Does this mean that you should stop using AFNetworking for your networking needs? And what about AFNetworking 2.0, which was introduced a few months ago? In this final installment, I will tell you about AFNetworking 2.0 and how it compares to the NSURLSession API.Introduction By all accounts, AFNetworking is about as mainstream as it gets.As Mattt Thompson points...

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Creating Brackets Extensions

February 3, 2014  |  Wordpress  |  , ,  |  Comments Off

A little while ago I wrote about the recent updates to the Brackets editor. Brackets is an open source project focused on web standards and built with web technologies. It has a narrow focus and therefore may not have a particular feature you’ve come to depend upon. Luckily, Brackets ships with a powerful extension API that lets you add any number of new features. In this article, I’m going to discuss this API and demonstrate how you can build your own extensions.It is crucial that you remember that Brackets is in active development. This article is being written in December...

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Create a Collect-the-Pieces Game with Corona

January 31, 2014  |  iPhone  |  , , , ,  |  Comments Off

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a collect-the-pieces game using the Corona SDK and the Lua programming language. We will explore how to use touch controls and events, create shapes using the graphics API, and we will also make use of physics collisions and timers. Let’s get started.1. Application OverviewIn this game, the player will be able to control a puck on the screen to collect other pieces with the same color. The player has only a limited time to collect as many pieces as possible. If the player touches a piece from another color, the...

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