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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 Post-mortem

December 30, 2014 •

So it’s been about a month and a half since iComics v1.1 shipped, and v1.2 is in review with Apple right now. I was so busy getting it ready to ship that I clean forgot about 2 important milestones for the app: On September 25th, the app has been on the App Store for TWO years now, and on November 1st, its codebase has been around for three years. Blimey! XD

In any case, now’s as good a time as any to reflect on how v1.1’s development went, what went well, and what sucked about it. Continue reading

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!

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Boom. 28.

November 20, 2014 •

(Sorry eveyone! An iComics release post is on the way as well. Lemme just put this one out first. XD)

Blimey! There we go. Another year has gone by and I’ve ‘levelled up’ once more. So long 27… hello, 28. That felt way, WAY too fast.

Thanks an absolute tonne to everyone who wished me a happy birthday. You have no idea how much I appreciate that. :)

In the past couple of years, it’s become a bit of a personal tradition of mine to write a quick list of the things I accomplished in the year. Not only does it serve as a permanent record that I won’t forget, but I like to think it lets me reflect on all the things I did in that year of my life I’ll never see again. Also, it lets me set the benchmark I need to beat next year. XD 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, 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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TOWebViewController – An open source web viewer for iOS

July 27, 2014 •

Here’s a neat little thing I’ve been working on lately. :)

When it comes to building apps for iPhone and iPad, there’s often a design requirement in quickly displaying web pages to users, without needing to kick them out to another app in the process.

One example of this is social media apps; ones that deals with massive amounts of user-posted content, often with links attached. One of my most favourite apps on iOS, Tweetbot, handles this incredibly elegantly.

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