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Large Titles For Navigation Bars In iOS 11

26 Jul 17
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If you have played with iOS 11 either on a simulator or on a real device, you have probably noticed that most of the first party apps, such as Mail and Settings, use large titles in the navigation bar. We are going to look at how to implement the same navigation bar behavior in our apps. Unsurprisingly, Apple has made this very easy for us.

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Enabling Siri Integration With SiriKit

26 Jul 17
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SiriKit was created for developers in iOS 10. However, there were, and still are, a limited number of intent domains with which you can integrate an app. An intent domain is simply a category of app that can take advantage of Siri. With the release of iOS 11, a few new domains are being made available.

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Handling Keyboard Shortcuts In iOS

20 Jul 17
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The debate as to whether or not the iPad can replace a computer is on going. We do not need to get into the discussion of who this might work for or what kind of work can be done with an iPad. The fact is that for some people this is already happening. Even if people are not using the iPad as a computer replacement, many people are at least using it as a light weight computer. It is a computer that has a pointing device (finger, Apple Pencil or stylus), a spacious screen and a keyboard, which allows us to use shortcuts.

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Bible Binder On Google Play

18 Jul 17
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After a very long wait, Bible Binder is finally available for Android™. At this point it does not have many of the features that are available in iOS. However, the missing features will be added to the app over time until both platforms support the same features.

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New App: Fraction Quizzer

31 Aug 16
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For the past 6 weeks we have been lucky enough to partner with a group of math teachers/researchers from a University in North Eastern U.S. These researchers are trying to find new and effective ways of teaching young students who are falling behind in math. As part of their strategy, they wanted to create an app that quizzes the students about fractions using proportions.

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Swift Initializers

22 Jan 16
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Swift is full of exciting features and it certainly takes a long time of in-depth use to find them all and to build a true appreciation for them. Recently, I have been working with initializers and have found some new tricks, provided by Swift, that have simplified my work. I’m going to focus on Swift 2.1 and share some of the things that have helped me with initializers.
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Swift Strings

23 Feb 15
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If you have been using Swift over the past few months, chances are you have come across issues using Strings. Many of the Objective-C methods we have relied on no longer work without some extra leg work. Over the last few days I have seen several questions posed on blogs and forums asking how to complete certain tasks with Swift’s Strings. Some of the answers I have seen work, but really aren’t the best answers. Here is, in my opinion, the best way to handle a few of the scenarios I have seen multiple times.
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Strategies For Going Mobile

02 Jan 15
Steven Beyers

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These days every company is looking to “go mobile” but what if time, cost, or personnel do not allow for your company to have a full mobile app? Here we will talk about some ways to achieve the goal of “going mobile” without creating a dedicated mobile app.

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