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try! Swift and Japan!

March 28, 2016 •

Whew! I’m back home from Japan and settled back in. What an amazing trip that was! Before it becomes too much of a distant memory, I figured I’d write a wind-down blog post on it. :)

So late last year, I was invited by Natasha Murashev (Better known as @NatashaTheRobot) on recommendation of my colleague JP Simard, to come and present at a conference she was organizing in Japan for March of 2016. The conference, known as try! Swift was going to be a 3 day conference consisting of a stream of 25 minute talks, specializing in Swift, Apple’s new programming language but also including iOS development in general.

A trip to Japan (one of my favorite places), to hang out with iOS developers and talk about app development (one of my favourite things)? I couldn’t say ‘hell yes’ fast enough!  :D Continue reading

Fare-thee-well 2015! Sup 2016!

December 31, 2015 •

… that’s it? 2015 is over?

I’m not sure how good a sign that is, but I can’t believe how fast 2015 flew by. That was truly ludicrous.

I said last year that 2014 was a ‘maintenance year’ for me. A lot happened, but it felt like all the effort that went in simply maintained the status quo. Nothing really advanced. I could probably chalk that up to the fact that I had to spend a chunk of my time re-designing iComics for iOS 7, as well as shifting house several times.

No, if I had to describe 2015 in one word, I would say ‘transformative’. So much changed, SO MUCH CHANGED and it was an exhilarating and amazing time. :)

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Pokédex for iOS

December 2, 2015 •

At the start of October, Pokémon published a brief notice stating that Pokémon for iOS would be retired at the end of November. True to their word, at midnight of the 1st of December (around 4pm in my time zone yesterday), the server running Pokédex for iOS’s in-app content purchases was taken offline and the app itself disappeared from the App Store within the hour. There were no official news posts marking its passing, no tweets, no acknowledgements… it just went away. Continue reading

So long 2014! Happy New 2015!

December 31, 2014 •

That… that was fast. Really fast. I can’t believe how fast 2014 blew by. That was way too fast.

What an absolutely crazy ride 2014 has been. I cannot believe how ridiculously busy, and at the same time how rewarding it’s became at the end.
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iComics v1.1 released!

December 1, 2014 •

Blimey. Sorry it took so long to write this! For the last two weeks, it’s been a flurry of updating the site, sending out press releases, and responding to a mountain of user feedback, so I finally got the time to write the release announcement. XD

So! Done! After 521 days since the last update, iComics v1.1 was approved by Apple and made live on the App Store. 521 days is an absolutely ridiculous amount of time between updates to be sure, and I plan to a post-mortem of what happened at some point, but hopefully with the new look and feel, coupled with the new features, most people can agree it was worth the wait. I’ve already started getting some reviews in, and so far, they’ve all been resoundingly positive. Thanks a lot everyone!

Here’s some of the new stuff that’s included in iComics v1.1: Continue reading

This blog won an award tonight!

October 8, 2014 •

Blimey. Never in the 6 years that I’ve been running this blog did I think what happened tonight was going to happen!

Every year, the Australian Web Industry Association holds a set of awards to recognise the skills of web developers across Australia, with the goal of helping to foster innovation on the Web, and to generally set the bar of quality in producing content and services for clients. There are multiple categories in the Web Awards, spanning from Education sites, to commercial projects to government services, to general social media.

This year, I decided to enter my blog, TimOliver.com.au under the ‘Personal’ category of the Web Awards. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to see how this blog would compare against other potential entries, and at the very least, it would let me know what areas of the site might still need improving. I also thought it’d be great motivation for me to fix a few outstanding bugs in the theme code too. XD

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