Making the rounds recently is a patch for MRI Ruby 1.9.3 from funny-falcon. It backports some changes coming in Ruby 2.0 that improve start-up time and method lookup. A second version of his patch also backports some changes to the garbage collector to make it more friendly to copy-on-write. Read More
Earlier this week, Sucuri Security researcher Daniel Cid revealed that a very large number of popular sites expose their /server-status page to the world.
I was pretty sure the sites I run for myself and my customers were OK, but since paranoia is a good trait of a security-conscious techie, I double checked. Imagine my surprise when I found that one of my sites did the very same thing, as did one of my customer’s. Read More
I’m pleased to announce that our biggest project to date is now available on the App Store and Google Play.
Table37 is a full-featured restaurant management system. When Table37 came to us with the idea of modernizing everything about how a restaurant manages its contact with customers, we thought it was a terrific use of technology. Read More
One of the topics during the Reverse Q&A Panel at CocoaConf Columbus last weekend was how people felt about the Mac App Store and selling apps on it. Now that Apple is enforcing the sandbox requirements, some Mac developers have stopped selling on it and others are considering it. Read More
CocoaConf is returning to Columbus August 9-11, 2012. They have a great line-up of speakers again this year and Light Year Software is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s conference.
It is common for conferences to offer a full-day beginner’s tutorial the day before the full conference begins, but being a beginner’s tutorial, there isn’t anything to draw in the more experienced developers. CocoaConf is trying something new this year. Chris Adamson, the author of Learning Core Audio, is doing a full-day deep-dive on Core Audio.
I’m returning to do a pair of talks on networking, expanding on last year’s single session. The first will cover NSURLConnection and other basic networking APIs, plus a discussion of tips you can use to make the best use of the network and keep your app feeling fast and responsive. The second session will cover more advanced material, including how to use raw TCP and UDP sockets with Cocoa and discover services on the network with Bonjour and GameKit.
Paid upgrades in Apple’s App Stores has been a topic of some debate since the App Stores launched. Wil Shipley stoked the fires back in March, arguing that the Mac App Store needs paid upgrades:
Right now developers selling through the Mac App Store face a lose/lose choice: either provide all major upgrades to existing customers for free (thus losing a quarter of our revenue), or create a â€œnewâ€ product for each major version (creating customer confusion) and charge existing customers full price again (creating customer anger).
My friend Ben Lachman (@blach) has started a new venture called Nice Mohawk and they released their first iOS app yesterday: Ita. Ita is a universal, Retina-ready list-making app that syncs across all your devices with iCloud.
It’s available at an introductory price of 99Â¢ for the next two weeks. I’ve been beta testing it for the last couple of weeks and it is a beautifully designed and finely polished app.
If you have a VPS for web applications, it’s relatively easy to set up your own L2TP/IPsec VPN for use by Mac OS X or iOS clients. When you’re away from your home or office on someone else’s Wi-Fi (at coffee shops or a conference), it’s a good idea to use a VPN to keep your network use secure and private. While there are free VPN services (Cloak is one), the free plan is time and bandwidth limited. You can pay to lift the time limit, but why pay for another service if you can piggyback on another you already have? Read More