Archive for October 2011

Managing Relationships With App Users (CIDUG meeting, October 25, 2011)

Ran Flasterstein gave a presentation tonight about his experiences in communicating with users of his apps. He mainly spoke about the ways that he encourages conversation with his users through feedback and e-mail.

Next month at the CIDUG meeting, I will be giving my presentation, Open Source iOS Projects. Hopefully, since the meeting date is only a couple of days before Thanksgiving, there will be fewer folks there for me to inflict my wit and wisdom on.

BTW, happy birthday to the pride of Kelvington, Wendel Clark. In my humble opinion, they should not even bother giving any other Leaf the C.

Paradise lost?

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post about displaying and dismissing a view controller in an iPhone application. To get rid of your view controller from within that view controller, you would simply run this line of code:

[[self parentViewController] dismissModalViewControllerAnimated:YES];

Alas, with the update to iOS SDK version 5, this no longer works. And in fact, if you spelunk through the UIViewController.h file, it does say that as of 5.0, it will no longer return the presenting view controller.

Luckily, you can just do this instead:

[self dismissModalViewControllerAnimated:YES];

BTW, happy birthday to Roger Moore, star of the excellent films “The Cannonball Run” and “ffolkes”.

Just one more thing…

Love him or hate him, our industry lost a real visionary today.

Over the next days and weeks, depending on who you listen to, there will be many words used to describe Steve Jobs. Which words are true? The simple answer is that all of them will be true, and none of them will be true.

The reason for this apparent contradiction is because that he was an individual that defied convention. Sure, not all of his ideas and products were slam dunks, but who among is so perfect as to measure up to our own ideals?

Simply put, a lot of Apple’s products are flat out awesome. Oh, and by the way, did I forget to mention that Steve ideas and products brought about massive changes in the computer industry, the consumer electronics industry, the motion picture industry, and the music industry?

Yes, kind words even though Steve killed the Newton platform and caused my software development company in Florida all sorts of problems back in 1998. I just wish I had bought the stock back then when it was right around the $20 level.

Steve, you will be missed.