React Navigation: a Collaborative Effort in the React Native Community

React Navigation for React Native is “collaboration between people from Facebook, Exponent and the React community at large” as this comment on the project’s GitHub page indicates: React Navigation is born from the React Native community’s need for an extensible yet easy-to-use navigation solution. It replaces and improves upon several navigation libraries in the ecosystem, […]

How to Format JSON in TextWrangler [#iosdev, #json, #webdev]

If you’re a TextWrangler user and you wanted to be able to format a block of JSON, you can do it yourself by following the instructions at Java Dev on Mac OS X: Format JSON in TextWrangler 1. Create text (Python) file called “Format JSON” in the following location: ~/Library/Application Support/TextWrangler/Text Filters/Format JSON.py 2. Add […]

Xcode 4 Tip from iOS Developer Tips: Related Files List [@iosdevtips, #iosdev]

Good tip from iOS Developer Tips for using the “Related Files” button in the upper left corner of your code window (right next to the Back/Forward navigation buttons): Xcode 4 : Related Files List With Xcode 4 you can quickly access an assortment of files related to your project through the Related Files option in […]

iOS 5 now cleaning out Caches and tmp directories – could pose a real problem for app developers [#iosdev, #iOS5, @marcoarment]

This sounds like it could really be a problem for developers who store anything but truly temporary data in the Caches or tmp directory… Cleaning… – Marco.org Every iOS app has its own “home” directory where it can store files. Every file and directory that an app puts there, except anything in a Caches or […]

#iOSDev Tip: Unblock events caused when adding subviews to your UIButtons

Recently, I was having an issue I was having with subviews added to my UIButton objects that I was customizing. The buttons would behave fine if they were standard rounded rect buttons, but the moment I added a UIView and some UILabels to it, the taps stopped responding. But I was able to resolve it, thanks to […]

What is the Future of iOS Notification?

One of the more annoying things about iOS is its notification system. Modal alerts are so arcane, intrusive and annoying, I am actually shocked that they are still the standard method of notification in iOS as of version 4… Looks like there are some underground movements (requiring jailbreaking, of course) to change that. Here’s a […]

iOS Simulator QuickTip: Removing all installed applications.

It was time to clean house a bit, so I wanted to remove all the currently installed applications in the iPhone Simulator. Turns out there’s a very simple way to do it… 1. With the iPhone Simulator running, click on the iOS Simulator application menu. 2. Click “Reset Contents and Settings…”. – A confirmation dialog […]

Overcoming Hurdles of Building Phonegap Apps for Android on Windows

The other day I was attempting to build and test a simple example Phonegap application for Android on my Windows box. Unfortunately, I was unable to successfully execute the “droidgap” call using ruby and Git Bash. It would kinda build out a structure and then would bomb when attempting to build out the .jar file. […]