How Swift Impacts Today’s iOS Development Projects

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Host: Ryan Carlson, Tech Evangelist

Guests: iOS Developers; Ben Dolmar and Jon Rexeisen

The impact of Apple’s new iOS development language on future app development and timelines.

Companies that sell, develop, manage, or own iOS apps have been left wondering about some of the developer-focused announcements at Apple’s annual developer conference. We’ve been getting inquires about whether the new Swift development language for iOS will impact projects in-flight – also including projects with an anticipated release date of within the following year.

In this podcast we have iOS Developers Jon Rexeisen and Ben Dolmar lend their expertise to demystify some of the confusion around Swift and the future of the current mature development language Objective-C. Do we have to worry about things breaking when developers start using Swift? Read more

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Apple and Google Announcements Point To The Same Horizon

 


It’s striking how closely Apple’s and Google’s recent slate of announcements parallel each other. Their respective developer conferences both focused on platform integration. Both iOS and Android are moving outside of the phone. The nature of that integration will have lasting effects on the way people interact with the world around them.

“…If you look at the strategy that each company is pursuing regarding their mobile operating systems, you can see mobile devices sitting at the center of a connected web of devices and services – from cars to televisions to wearables.”

In the late nineties, Apple was pushing the idea that your computer was the digital hub of your life. All your other gadgets (e.g. digital camera, iPod, video camera, etc.) were to be managed and coordinated by your computer. Today, if you look at the strategy that each company is pursuing regarding their mobile operating systems, Read more

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What Owners Need to Know Before Rebuilding a Website or App

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“The pressure is on and you need to decide whether you can move forward with [your current software] or if it’s more efficient to start over.”

bad-app-reviewsIt’s never fun to spend money and get less than you expected. Consider a business owner with a website or app that either needs emergency updates or long-due feature enhancements. Perhaps it was built without much concern for scalability or future feature-needs. Maybe its developer moved to Timbuktu before completion. Or worse, the app was live and users were peppering the App Store with 1 star reviews. Whatever the reason, the business owners and stakeholders are left wondering: “What are my options? How do I evaluate those options? Do I have to start from scratch? Will all my previous effort/time/money just go to waste?” Read more

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Apache Configuration for Testing WordPress REST API on Secured Sites

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It’s not uncommon to encounter a few roadblocks during a project and the typical next-step might involve doing a quick Google search for the answer. Unfortunately there are occasions in which we are on own with a unique problem. In this case we had to roll up our sleeves and discover the answer that works. We hope this helps the next person looking for this answer.

“I spent a bit of time reading documentation and testing and getting increasingly frustrated.”

I ran into an interesting problem this week. I have a staging site in active development that needs to remain behind a firewall, but we plan to use the WordPress REST API to serve content from the site to iOS and Android Apps. Unfortunately, for the API to work Read more

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How Google’s I/O Announcements Will Impact Future Product Development

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Google’s message is clear: Android isn’t just for phones and tablets anymore

We learned a lot about what will excite developers and product managers at our Google IO Extended event – and what it all means for your app development plans. We had a room full of developers, product managers, and user experience designers in the audience. Their collective claps, murmurs of delight, and excited chatter helped to highlight some of the most exciting announcements.

“Let’s look at all of the places we are putting the Android brand and where you can work with it… On your walk, in your work, in your car, and on your TV, or in your living room. It’s a push for Android to become the focus of what Google is talking about.” – Ben Dolmar

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What will Google do? A view from The Nerdery: Google I/O Extended coming June 25

Tech watchers not bound for San Francisco for Google I/O are welcome to experience Google’s annual developer conference at The Nerdery, an official Twin Cities host of Google I/O Extended.

Nerdery guests (clients, students, passersby, you?) for this free Google I/O Extended event will watch the keynote (11am-1pm, lunch served) and select portions of the Google I/O livestream on the Nerditorium’s big screen and engage with a panel of Twin Cities tech experts who’ll decode Google’s announcements.

Post-keynote, we’ll analyze Google I/O’s key takeaways, which will essentially be new marching orders for developers – and put context around what it all mean for users. Nerdery devs will present talks of their own on new Google tech, including Glass and other wearables. The Nerds who helped build Chrome Cube Lab in partnership with Google in support of their Rubik’s Cube Doodle will also give a talk.

What to expect when expecting Google I/O

Will Google release the hounds? Since they’re not in the hound business (that we know of) it’s more likely they’ll announce the release of the next Nexus phone and/or tablet, or a smartwatch or some other Android-Wear gadget that works with Google Fit, or a new version of Android, or maybe more apps for Chromecast – or all of the above. We’ll be watching/reacting. Join us? Full schedule and RSVP on our Google+ page.

 

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Security BSides MSP 2014 Conference

 

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In preface, I’m a Nerdery QA Engineer, an unabashed security nerd, and – for the purpose of this post – an evangelist for a security-focused un-conference we’re hosting in August called Security BSidesMSP.

What is BSides MSP?

Each BSides is a free community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. Security BSides is the mothership organization, as a reference to the “B” Side of a Cassette Tape. BSides is a worldwide series of “unconferences” typically attached to other conferences, with no cost to attendees. As an example, 612Sides was an alternate down the street from Secure360Security BSides MSP, LLC is the local not-for-profit chapter of Security BSides.

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Hackers Using Public Data to Serve The Community at Hack for MN

HackforMNLogo3-320While we’re best known within hackathon circles for The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, we look forward to hosting another supportable initiative: Hack for MN, coming to The Nerdery’s Bloomington HQ the weekend of June 21-22.

Organized by Open Twin Cities in partnership with MN.IT Services, and E-Democracy.org, Hack for MN’s focus is solving local issues by leveraging public data sets – so, collaborating with other problem solvers to find ways to make public data serve the public.

“Begin plotting ways to make otherwise unused data soon useful in your community”

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Your Money is Buying More Than Just Software Testing, It’s Quality Assurance

 

NQA-screens-galoreIf we were only concerned with testing software we would need to think of a different name for our Quality Assurance department. There isn’t anybody applying stickers on widgets from an assembly line stamped “Inspected by No. 2177.” We do things a bit differently here at The Nerdery and it’s earned us the respect of our partners by putting the right engineers on the right projects. The investment our partners make on Quality Assurance for their project ensures that they have smart people providing real solutions throughout their projects to save them time, reduce overall effort, and ensure project success.

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Features Most Likely to Break When Upgrading to iOS 8 and What to Plan For

An experienced quality assurance (QA) engineer will have their spidey-senses tingling with every announcement of a new OS version, hardware refresh, or browser update. These are all good things for innovation, it just means we all need to be ready for launch day by starting to plan today. Read more

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