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iOS Tutorial: Advanced Networking with MKNetworkKit

Couple of weeks ago, I wrote a clean, fast networking toolkit for iOS and Mac written for the LLVM Compiler 3.0 with ARC. Reception was very good that it was the “most-watched” repository on Github last week. Early adopters have sent me innumerable emails on how fast their network operations are, and how responsive their app is after integrating MKNetworkKit. Contents Caching your responses, the wrong way Say hello...

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Software philosophy: Release early, release often vs polished releases

Release early, release often is a philosophy where you release the product as soon as possible and rapidly iterate it to perfection by listening to your customers. A polished release, on the other hand is where your product, in its initial version is solid, lacks obvious bugs and has just enough features to satisfy a majority of your consumers. Most software companies adopt either one of this and that choice is not superficial. In fact, it...

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Singleton ain’t bad after all

On the Inter-webs, it’s very easy to find a piece of code that abuses singletons or a blog post that bitches why singletons are bad. Trust me, singletons are not bad. A singleton is a double edged sword. It’s up to you to use it the way it was intended to be used. In this post, I’ll talk about some often encountered problems where singletons are used in a wrong way and then provide you suggestions on how to overcome...

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Using MKStoreKit in your apps

MKStoreKit, as you probably know is a framework for implementing In App Purchases in your app. It supports virtually every feature you could tell and every business model you could (or even Lodsys) ever think of. It supports, Auto-renewable subscriptions, Consumables, non-renewable subscriptions, and good old non-consumables and a whole lot others. The biggest gripe among the developer community is that there is no easy to use, step by step...

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MKStoreKit 4.0 – Supporting Auto Renewable Subscriptions

MKStoreKit 4.0 – Supporting Auto Renewable Subscriptions

MKStoreKit started off in a pet project a couple of years ago and I wrote the first version in 2009. Since then, it has seen tremendous adoption rates that, it has been the “go-to” framework for implementing In-App purchases in any iOS app today. On iOS 4.3, Apple added a new type of subscription framework called, auto-renewable subscriptions. Today, I’m adding this support to MKStoreKit along with several new features. If...

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Designing usable mobile apps

Designing usable mobile apps

Another usability related blog from me after a long time and now, it’s a mobile vs web debate. While not exactly a rant, I intend to bridge the gap between web designers and mobile designers. Information architecture on mobile In the web 2.0 era, not much thought or discussion was spent on how to organize your content on your website. Primary reason could be because, there were easier workarounds to get away with this. For example,...

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