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iPhone Application Name Checklist

Even if you have a great iPhone application idea, you need a great name that sells it. Follow a few simple rules to make your name memorable and successful: [more…]

When to Use Subclassing in iPhone App Development

Subclassing is one of the mechanisms you use to customize behaviors while you're developing your iPhone application. Subclassing involves two stages: (1) creating a new class, called a subclass, that inherits [more…]

Knowing the Target-Action Patterns for iPhone App Development

Following are the Target-Action patterns that you use when programming iPhone applications. You generally will specify the target as the view controller [more…]

How to Join the Apple Developer Program

To run your app on a real iPad or get a chance to profile your app in the App Store, you have to enroll in either the Standard or Enterprise version of the iPhone Developer Program. The iPhone Developer [more…]

How to Create an Apple Development Provisioning Profile and Development Certificate

To run an app on the iPad, you must have a Provisioning Profile installed on your iPad, as well as a Development Certificate on your Mac. The whole point of the Development Provisioning Assistant is to [more…]

How to Become an Apple Registered Developer

If you want to submit iPad apps to Apple, you must become an Apple Registered Developer and obtain your Apple ID. If you don't want to join the Developer Program right away, you can register first for [more…]

Understanding Graph API — or Facebook Development — Syntax

Understanding the basic syntax of Facebook's Graph API is all you need to get started in Facebook development. Graph API's simple syntax is this: [more…]

Flash Professional Keyboard Shortcuts

Although you can accomplish every task in Flash Professional by using the mouse and the application bar menu, using keyboard shortcuts can help you work faster. Here are some of the most useful keyboard [more…]

Flash Builder Keyboard Shortcuts

As you develop mobile apps for Flash, you'll find that Flash Builder is much easier to work with when you use the little-known shortcuts hidden inside this powerful development tool. Here are the most [more…]

iPhone App Development: Understanding View Controller Methods

iPhone Application Developers struggle with knowing what view controller methods to use, and when. Picking the wrong method to refresh your user interface can result in an iPhone app that disappoints the [more…]

Navigating the Xcode Workspace Window for iPhone App Development

Xcode is essential for iPhone app development. And command central for Xcode is the Workspace window, where you perform all the tasks you need to do to develop your iPhone app. The Workspace window consists [more…]

Accessing the Best of WinRT with WinJS

The best bits of WinRT can be accessed from JavaScript thanks to WinJS — a new library for Windows 8 programming from Microsoft. The WinJS library gives HTML5 programmers the ability to get to all of the [more…]

Links to Cool Windows 8 Application Development Stuff

In Windows 8, Links to Cool Stuff is a way of life. Here is where, at least at the time of writing, you can get what you need for Windows 8 application development. [more…]

The WinRT API

WinRT is the way to get to devices running Windows Store apps programmatically. It is an object-oriented, well-structured application programming interface [more…]

Android Game Design Preparation

Before you begin developing an Android game, it pays to be prepared. You need to answer the following questions before you begin programming your game: [more…]

Android Game Development Help

Developing an Android game is a complex process, but there's plenty of experience to guide you. Online and personal resources can make the process a journey of discovery, not dead ends: [more…]

Using Objective-C Operators in iOS 6 App Development

Objective-C has many helpful operators for your iOS programming. Use the following table to jog your memory about which operator you should use to accomplish a certain task. [more…]

When to Use Subclassing in iOS 6 App Development

Subclassing allows you to customize behaviors while you're developing your iOS application. Keep the following points about subclassing in mind as you develop your app: [more…]

Knowing the Target-Action Patterns for iOS 6 App Development

Following are the Target-Action patterns that you use when programming iOS applications. Specify the target as the view controller (which you'll have already subclassed). [more…]

Access the Internet with iOS Device

An iOS device can access websites and servers on the Internet through Wi-Fi or optional 3G or 4G services. This Internet access gives you the capability to create apps that can provide real-time information [more…]

Track Location and Motion with iOS Location Services

You can develop an iOS 6 app that can determine the device’s current location or even be notified when that location changes, using iOS location services. As people move, it may make sense for your app [more…]

Access Information from Apple’s Apps

Your iOS app can access the user’s information in the Contacts app and display that information in a different way or use it as information in your application. For example, a user could enter the name [more…]

iOS 6 App Development: Multitasking, Background Processing, and Notifications

Although iOS doesn’t have true multitasking, it has instant-on task switching that reduces application startup and makes it easier to continue right where you left off. For certain kinds of applications [more…]

Develop iOS 6 Apps for iPad’s Big Screen

When developing mobile apps for iOS 6, keep in mind that the iPad display offers enough space to show a laptop-style application (which is one reason why web pages look so great). [more…]

iOS 6 App Development: Device Limitations of iPhone and iPad

Along with all the great features of the iPhone and iPad, they also have some limitations. The key to successful app development — and to not making yourself too crazy — is to understand those limitations [more…]

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