Finding iPhone Memory Leaks: A "Leaks" Tool Tutorial


On February 12, 2009

Guest author Owen Goss (Profile) is the creator of the color-matching game Dapple and founder of Streaming Colour Studios, an independent video games studio based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I’ve been using Instruments a lot lately as I approach the end of my game development cycle. I’ve found it especially useful for tracking down […]

New Screencasts: Coding in Objective C 2.0 by Bill Dudney


On February 6, 2009

Pragmatic Programmers – a niche publisher popular in the progressive programming world – has recently been getting into producing short, info-packed screencasts on new and up and coming topics. Their latest is Coding in Objective C 2.0 by Bill Dudney. As a relatively novice Objective C coder, they invited me to give them a whirl. […]

Hello There: A CoreLocation Tutorial


On February 5, 2009

There are plenty of different places to get a mobile application designed. The problem is that they’re quite expensive. You might be able to figure out how to create your own, but it will probably look very basic. Instead, a good mobile application development software can make it even easier, so that you can build […]

Review of Manning's "iPhone in Action" Book


On February 3, 2009

iPhone in Action, by Christopher Allen and Shannon Appelcline, bills itself as an “introduction to Web and SDK development” for the iPhone. In print form it costs $39.99 direct from Manning (with free e-book) and in e-book only form it’s $24.99. If you’d rather brave, the print copy costs $26.39 at time of writing. […]

14 Essential Xcode Tips, Tricks and Resources for iPhone Devs


On January 30, 2009

Xcode is big. Apple’s Xcode Workspace Guide, a terse inventory of its features, is 116 pages. Xcode’s preference window has 13 sections, each with a dozen or more items. There are at least 206 keyboard shortcuts. I started counting menu items but gave up the ghost when I’d topped 300 items before finishing the third […]

More on Inter-App Communication on the iPhone


On January 28, 2009

Yesterday, Mobile Orchard’s own Dan Grigsby posted about how he performed Apple-approved iPhone interprocess communication using URL handlers in his Alocola iPhone app. Shortly thereafter, Ryan Johnson of InnerFence commented that they’ve been doing the same for a while with their own apps. InnerFence are perhaps best known for their powerful Credit Card Terminal app […]

Apple Approved iPhone Inter-process Communication


On January 27, 2009

Apple is famously restrictive about confining third party apps to their sandboxes. That Apple doesn’t allow background processes is well-known, and Apple rejects apps that attempt to read the various databases and media folders directly. So it’s a bit surprising that Apple supports a form of inter-process communication (IPC) using URL protocol handlers. In this […]

The Amazing iPhone: An Easy-to-Read Report for iPhone Developers


On January 23, 2009

The Amazing iPhone is a free 44 page PDF report aimed at “iPhone developers and business owners”. It’s totally free – no signups or anythine like that, and it was produced by Kisky Netmedia. The reports starts off with an overview of the iPhone and the opportunities available on the App Store. A lot of […]

Alocola: Mobile Orchard's Safari Helper: Makes Websites "Location Aware"


On January 21, 2009

Alocola is a free web-helper application that we’ve created that lets users provide their location information when websites ask for it. It is available from the App Store now. Alocola works with Safari. With Alocola, web developers need not create their own iPhone apps. Users simply browse in Safari the way they normally would; when […]

From ActionScript to Cocoa / Objective C


On January 16, 2009

Andy Jacobs is an established Flash and ActionScript developer who has recently begun to work with the iPhone. In the process of learning Objective C and Cocoa’s ways, he’s put together a handful of extremely well written tutorial blog posts aimed specifically at people who understand ActionScript and want to learn how to migrate over […]