thecave


A Hideout for Programmers, Indie Devs, Solopreneurs

From Trace To Slopes

I’m a software developer but I’m also a snowboard bum. And with the start of the 2016/2017 snowboard season upon us – that is, for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere – I’m eager to hit the slopes. Over the last few years I’ve used Trace Snow, formerly AlpineReplay, to track my time on the slopes. It’s a good iPhone app but far from perfect. One feature it lacks is reporting the number of days spent on the slopes in a season. Trace isn’t alone in not having this feature. None of the ski and snowboard tracking apps I’ve tried have this feature. It seems these apps are more commonly used by individuals who only get a small number of days on the slopes, say 5 or 10 days, which is easy to count. But when you average 80+ days each season, counting the number of days can be a pain.

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How To Do A Case Insensitive Search Using Parse SDK

I recently came across this question about searching using the Parse SDK for iOS. Simon asks:

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How To Present An Alert View Using UIAlertController When You Don't Have A View Controller

Over the summer I updated a number of apps to iOS 9. A common tasks for me was replacing the deprecated UIAlertView with new UIAlertController class. Generally this is easy to do, but there is one scenario that UIAlertView handles well that UIAlertController doesn’t support at all: displaying an alert view from parts of your code without a reference to the current view controller, for instance, displaying an alert view from the app delegate.

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Tags And Categories

I’ve been doing a bit of tinkering here at thecave. I realized I was using categories as if they were tags and for one simple reason. I didn’t have a way to support tags. That is, until now.

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Trying Something New To Avoid Feast Or Famine

I’ve been working for myself for nearly 12 years, and for the most part I love it. But there is one aspect of being an independent software developer that I could happily do without, the cycle of feast or famine.

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My Upcoming Share Extension Talk At 360idev-Min

I’m excited to be one of the speakers at the upcoming 360idev-min conference in Greenville, SC. In my talk I’ll share the things you need to know about when writing a share extension for your iOS app.

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Wish I Could Help But It's Not My App

A well known global company is using some open source code I wrote in one of their apps (yay!). Like a good company, they included my name and licensing information in app’s about screen. Now I’m getting emails from one of the app’s users seeking help with the app. The person thinks I wrote the app because my name appears in the licensing section.

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Kicking Procrastination In The Ass

I attended a video cast thingie today - I think the kids call it a webinar - hosted by Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman titled Kick Procrastination’s Ass. It was really good, especially the first hour. If you have some spare time, I highly recommend watching it.

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You Don't Need Motivation. You Need Good Habits

Amy Hoy answers the question “How do you stay motivated when you’re not making any money”. The post is a couple of years old, but her answer is as relevant today as it was back then. It’s not about finding and having motivation. It’s about developing good habits.

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Retiring My CSV Editor

Today I did something that I’ve been saying I will do for a long time. I retired my CSV editor, Killink.

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