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I've been running OS X Mavericks on both my home and work laptops since beta 3 or so. And when Apple released it to the public of course I wanted to upgrade both my computers as soon as possible. Sadly you can't simply upgrade from GM, you have to ...

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Email is a huge part of my my life and I need a client that accommodates my ways and habits. It needs to be fast and user friendly. It needs to support multiple email accounts. And it needs to offer proper Google Mail support: archiving email by default ...

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I have well over 35 GB of pictures, and after almost losing my hard drive (it started to behave very strangely but I was able to salvage all the pictures) I realised that I need to back them up in the cloud. I do usually share my best ones on Facebook, ...

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All of a sudden it seems there's a big effort to create debugging tools for iOS developers. Some are free, they all have different features… Time for a comparison. PonyDebugger “Remote network and data debugging for your native iOS app using Chrome ...

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At least twice per year someone will ask me how he or she can get started with programming. With the economy down jobs are hard to find, but there's always a need for developers, at least here in Iceland - so it's no wonder that more people are wondering ...

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In April 2010 I started to work on my very first iPhone app. A new language, a new IDE, a completely new way of thinking about development (threads! memory! crashes!), it was very exciting. In these three years quite a lot has happened to us iOS ...

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I absolutely love open source software. I use all kinds of third party libraries for iOS for example (installed via the open source CocoaPods project of course), which makes my life as a developer a whole lot easier. And in return I open source some of ...

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When I started to work on Last.fm's Scrobbler for iOS, I though it would be quite an easy app to create. After all, it's basically a couple of lists of artists, albums and tracks, and all actual music playback will be done using the MediaPlayer ...

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As a software developer, I use a lot of software and tools to help me in my job. In this post I'd like to list some of my most used software of the last year. Hopefully there are some gems that can help you as well! Xcode As an iOS developer, this ...

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More then a year ago I was playing around with static site generators because I wanted to simplify my code and ultimately get rid of my server. My reasons back then were performance, version control and integration with GitHub. I tried a few generators, ...

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On January 2 I moved to Iceland with two suitcases and a job contract. My new title: iOS developer at Gangverk, a small company creating iPhone- and Android apps for CBS in the United States. This was the beginning of an amazing year for me, both ...

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In an app I'm currently building, the client wants an Airplay button in the navigation bar, with a nice background like so: After trying some things, the solution seems to be to loop over the subviews. It feels a bit hacky, but works perfectly: ...

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I've used Firefox for a long, long time, back when I still used Windows pc's, until the summer 2007. Chrome didn't exist yet, Internet Explorer sucked and Safari was still Mac-only. Since then, I've switched browsers many times: from Firefox to Safari, ...

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Even though I'm quite happy with this website and its code, I want to rebuild it using a static site generator: you write your posts and pages with Markdown, write a couple of page html templates, and simply by pushing a new file to Git, your new article ...

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I love JetBrains's PyCharm, a great IDE for Python, and for Django in particular. I would even say it's the best tool for Django programmers. It's got great features, good syntax highlighting, excellent support for debugging, and very very good code ...

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In 2009 I made the switch to Python, after having worked exclusively with PHP and Javascript for almost a decade. I really like the language, much more then I ever liked PHP. Of course it's not perfect (see one of my first posts called Things I hate ...

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When I first started working with Python in September 2009, I needed a good IDE. I quickly settled for Netbeans and I've been using it ever since, even though there are some things that really irritate me. But at least it works, and fits well in my ...

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In June 2010 Apple finally added multitasking to the iPhone (the iPad had to wait 'til November to get iOS version 4) and with this resolved one of my biggest complaints about the operating system. And while I really enjoy iOS on the iPhone and the iPad, ...

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Yesterday I wrote an article comparing Django-CMS, FeinCMS and Mezzanine. One of the conclusions was that while Django-CMS is the best CMS on paper, I don't like its backend interface that much. I thought it would be a good idea to properly explain what ...

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When you need a content management system for Django, there is enough choice. Maybe even too much: the very helpful site djangopackages.com lists 13. Some are mature and very feature-complete, while others are barely more then a basic model and a ...

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I need to build a content-based website for a client, in Django. Well, that's easy right? Pick one of the content management systems available, build some templates and css, and ta-da, done. Since I have used Django-CMS in previous projects, that would ...

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A while ago I set out to build my third mobile application. Only this time the client wanted not only an iPhone app, but one for Android too. So that's why I turned to Appcelerator once again, after my failed first attempt. In case you don't know what ...

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Okay, this website wasn't slow and will never need to serve 5000 pages per second, but hey, it's possible now! Oh right, and it was fun to play around with a nice caching system. Almost everything on mixedCase.nl needs to come from the database: the list ...

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This website uses quite some Django packages, like Django-CMS and Zinnia. A lot of effort has been put into integrating everything nicely into the design and templates, like comments, sitemaps, archives, Pygments, Markdown, etc. I understand that for ...

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After I decided to create iPhone apps using just the iPhone SDK and the Objective-C language, I've created two iPhone apps that are available in the Dutch App Store. Development for app number three has started today, but no longer will I be using Xcode. ...

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It's been 13 months since the first version of Bolhoed.net went online, complete with a blog. Only 9 months since the brand new design. And now not only got the site yet another design, it even got a new domain name. The problem While I like the iPad ...

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Beginning iPhone 3 Development - Exploring the iPhone SDK Dave Mark and Jeff LaMarche Apress My sixth book review, and the second one about iPhone development. The previous book, Head First iPhone Development was a great read, but since it only talked ...

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Head First iPhone Development Dan Pilone & Tracey Pilone O'Reilly In a previous blogentry I wrote about some great online resources I found to get started with iPhone development. I read the C and Objective-C introductions, watched the first 12 or so ...

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For a pretty long time I wanted to make an iPhone app, ever since the App Store opened really. But, I've never programmed for Mac OS, never done any C or C++ (let alone Objective-C). In fact, I've never created a desktop application, only working on web ...

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Don't make me think! A common sense approach to web usability (2nd edition) Steve Krug New Riders Buy this book. Okay, maybe that's too short of a review. Steve Krug's book about usability is short (less then 200 pages), quick to read, funny, insightful ...

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Effective UI: The art of building a great user experience in software Jonathan Anderson, John McRee, Robb Wilson & the EffectiveUI team O'Reilly I bought this book, hoping it would give tips and hints on making effective user interfaces, what works best, ...

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I've been playing with the Beta release of Django 1.2 (get it here) and I love many of the new improvements. I'd like to list the best and biggest new features, and also some problems I encountered while using it. Smarter if tag I was already using this ...

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A while ago I wrote that Goldmund, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe is going start a new usability department. At the moment I am busy writing marketing texts and thinking about a new website for ourself. Last week I also looked for a nice tool for making ...

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Or, “How to make Django even better then it already is”. Because it really isn't as bad as the title implies :) In my previous post Things I hate about Python and Django, I said that one of the things I “hate” about Django is its template language. While ...

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I have been a PHP programmer for the last 9 years, and only in September of 2009 I switched to Python and the Django framework. While I really love the Python language and the Django framework (especially compared to something like the Zend PHP ...

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In a project I am working on, I need to show a lot of graphs and charts. Together with the client we chose to use the Visualization API by Google, which provides a Python library, offers many different kinds of charts and very important: the data is not ...

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For a project I needed to create a Django model from a list of fields that were defined somewhere else. It took me hours to get this to work, so to save you the time, here is the solution: bc.. fields = ['field_a', 'field_b', 'field_c'] # the base model ...

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I can't remember how long ago it's been that I've used a free email address like hotmail, yahoo or gmail. For more then 8 years I've used my own domain names to host my email. In the very beginning on my own little server at home, later on a “real” ...

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Hooray! A new site! One that actually has content! The bolhoed.net domain was a gift from a friend, about 2 years ago. I really only used it for email, but once you have a domain, you gotta have a site, right? Problem was, what to put on it? So that's ...

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