Category Archives: iPad


Beginning iOS application development

Last Friday (7th June 2012) I finally enrolled into the apple developer program. I originally registered as an apple developer back in 2010, however I never spent the extra money (I was cheap) to publish any apps (and at the time I was more interested in other languages). So now I am finally beginning iOS application development and it is exciting!

beginning ios application development

Over the past few weeks I have been studying Objective-C manuals (the documentation that apple provides is quite extensive) and the more I had played around with the language, the more I enjoyed writing in it. I am finding that it a far easier language to work with when it comes to object oriented programming (I’m sure there will be haters out there who love their c++ code).

So right now I am spending the time learning Objective-C, iOS 5 and what it can (and can’t) do. I’ve already written a ‘Hello World’ app and have it running on my iPhone and iPad (I’ll spare the pain of uploading it to the app store). Maybe I’ll port pioneer space sim to the iPad. 🙂

I’m not too sure what direction I plan to take at this stage – I’m more focusing on extending my skills – don’t expect an ‘Angry Birds’ killer app just yet. 😉


Blogging from an iPad.

The iPad was originally designed to be a consumption device, i.e. for reading, viewing and listening. It wasn’t designed to be a content creation device. Over time though, some of the apps have become more sophisticated.

Since getting my iPad from my lovely wife, I have been using it on my daily commute into work (an hour bus ride) to read the news, facebook, read a magazine. Lately however I have been ‘creating’ on the iPad rather than being just a consumer. It has actually become quite enjoyable. Because my stop is the first bus stop of the day, I get to sit up the back of the bus and type away (quietly on the iPad onscreen keyboard).

A good example is this blog post. I am using a very good product called Blogsy.

I won’t bore you with a comprehensive review, (there are plenty of other sites for that) but it does allow you to drag and drop elements from the web (such as pictures, video, links, etc) directly into your blog post.

In fact this entire blog post was written in the back of the bus.. Now how is that for mobility!