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Forms and JSON in iOS

Over the last six months we’ve been building an application for a client in the agricultural industry. There was a need to use portions of the application on an iPad literally out in the field. The app also needed to be location- aware, allow offline access, and to be able...

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Gaslight Podcast #1: Client-Side Development with Chris Nelson

Your browser does not support the audio element. In this inaugural episode of the Gaslight Podcast Kevin Rockwood and I discuss client-side development with Chris Nelson. We also talk about Mastering Backbone, Chris’ class for beautiful client-side code, and get a sneak peek at his upcoming talk at RubyConf. Mastering...

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The Correct Cucumber Regex for Matching Text in Quotes

What’s the correct regular expression to use for matching text within quotes of a Cucumber step? I argue that It’s not the one suggested by Cucumber itself. If I run a step missing step: When I click "Edit" Cucumber will suggest: When /^I click "(.*?)"$/ do |arg1| pending # express...

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CocoaPods and You: A Primer for the Uninformed

I’d been meaning to actually build something worthwhile with iOS since I first heard about the SDK. A few months ago, we started work on a client project that was going to start out life as a mobile web application and evolve in to a native app. Peter was interested...

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How Do I Make an Animated .gif?

Here’s an animated gif of a certain sporting event that I saw on a certain broadcasting network’s website tonight. I expect a cease and desist any minute now, so let’s hurry. I made that (President Obama), but I don’t know if I would do it again, unless it was easier....

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Adding a Share by Email Button to Your Tumblr Posts

Apparently email is still a valid way of sharing things. It may still be the best way of sharing something with one person. Every social media app has an api for “share” buttons, but there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of code out there to steal in the...

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