iWebs News–Now available on the iPhone and iPad

imageToday marks a big day for us at InteractiveWebs. We have had approved and released our version 2.0 update to our popular iPhone app “iWebs News”.

What’s New

The App has been totally rewritten by us, and now is released as a native Xcode iPad & iPhone app in one.

So if you have an iPad, and have previously seen our iWebs News app, then please check out the app on your iPad. It is a terrific experience.

Why is it a Big Deal for us?

Much of our focus over the last 8 months has been on enabling our team to produce rapid iPhone and iPad apps. In order to do this, we felt it necessary to develop a framework that we have called “Mushroom”.

The release of this 2.0 update for iWebs News App marks the first release of any App by us that is built entirely on our new Mushroom Framework.

Naturally we are pleased that apple process approved the app first time around, as this means that all the hard work in testing and resolving any issues paid off.

What does it mean for us?

Actually it means quite a bit! Now we have the rapid deployment framework, that is a “Universal App” running on both iPhone and iPad, we are able to use and deploy the app on behalf of our customers and clients.

Because all of the code is ours, we can take the future development in any direction we like. We are really very excited to see the result, and see how well it performs.

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Would you like your own iPhone / iPad App?

If you like what you see, and are interested in having your own business with an App like this, then please contact us to discuss your needs.

Part 4: Talking to an asmx web service – A .net developer learns objective-c for iPhone iPad

So here i am reading up on how the cocoa touch framework doesn’t have support for working with xml too easily and its not an easy task to undertake in manually parsing a soap xml… when along comes something so amazing i may have wee’d my pants a little.

Behold http://sudzc.com

SudzC is an amazingly helpful website where you simply pass it a url to an asmx or upload a wsdl file, it spits you out a fully fledged example project along with reference documentation and the source code you’ll need to include to make webservice communication as easy as…

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Important stuff is the:

[service … line and the Completed action (or event in .net speak) it returns. I simply just spat some stuff out to the log to see some results.

What’s is awesome and worth mentioning (again) is what is in ws.iPhone.zip\Source\Examples. From within the zip you get sent from SudzC is the all important examples you need to start cracking (with YOUR webmethods).

SudzC … i think i’m in love!

Part 1: Baby steps – A .net developer learns objective-c for iPhone iPad

What is this?
A series of blog posts about a staff member at InteractiveWebs (.net developer since .net went 1.0) taking on the challenge of transitioning to iPhone and iPad development.

Brief context:
Every day we live with "Object not set to an instance of an object" or "modify the web.config" this or "I’m not a xaml designer" that. Hang on a second, if I am frustrated by using Microsoft technology well developing for it is equally frustrating. But if using Apple technology is the equivalent to geek crack, then I wonder if developing for Apple and its devices are an equally enjoyable experience.

Where am I at?
Had a play with Monotouch http://monotouch.net and it seems like a logical step for someone like me. However it did dawn on me that I’m trying to move away from the .net way of life so in a way monotouch seems a bit of a cop out (while I am a big fan of what those guys are doing).
Its been a few days of downloading sdk’s and watching demo videos. Already getting itchy to jump in to some code.

First things first. Bookmark, Favourite and Pin to home screen http://developer.apple.com as this site is amazingly helpful. (You don’t even need to read dreaded …. Whitepapers)!

Here you will find everything from surprisingly helpful documentation, videos and the iPhone OS SDK (this includes once downloaded xcode, xcode is your new visual studio). You will need to create a developer account, no problem it just attaches on to your existing itunes account. Brilliant!

On this page http://developer.apple.com/iphone/index.action click on the "Getting Started Videos". It will open up itunes allowing you to download some great videos to iTunes U. My next steps which were very helpful were to watching the following videos:

  • Introduction to the iPhone SDK
  • Key practices for iPhone Application Development
  • Fundamentals of Cocoa Session from WWDC

That last video I suggest watching very slowly, rewinding as much as you need to letting it all sink in. It was this video where things began making sense.

That’s it for the first post. Next will likely be jumping in to Views and kicking off a traditional "Hello World".