Friday, June 18, 2010

Nintendo Jumps the Shark?

If you don't know by now, Nintendo made the surprise announcement of a new Goldeneye game rebooted (as they call it) for the Wii. Since it is 2010 and Pierce Brosnan is no longer James Bond, they have redone the game with Daniel Craig.

Now don't get me wrong. I love James Bond. I think Daniel Craig is an excellent Bond.

But Nintendo, how bad are things when you have to reboot not the franchise but one of the best first person party shooters of all-Nintendo time?

I look forward to seeing and playing the game but Nintendo you have big shoes to fill rebooting Goldeneye. If you can pull it off excellent. If it is a dud, has Nintendo jumped the shark?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

HockeyTweet 1.2 Now Available in the App Store

HockeyTweet version 1.2 is now available in the Apple App Store. This is a minor release which fixes a change to Twitter's OAuth system used for user authentication.

You can download the upload today if you are already a user. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fix for Twitter-OAuth-iPhone Due to Twitter Mobile OAuth Update

Today at 6pm EST Twitter pushed a new OAuth update for the mobile web page that users use to authorize an application to send tweets on their behave. This is great since they made the user experience on mobile devices and specifically the iPhone better.

I am using Ben Gottlieb's Twitter-OAuth-iPhone library to handle the retrieving of the pin that Twitter assigns to the an app for the requesting user. Ben's library is great and makes it very easy for a dev to drop OAuth support into a Twitter enabled application, like HockeyTweet.

There was a small problem with this mobile update. The web page element that contains the oauth pin was changed from oauth_pin to oauth-pin. This broke any app using the Twitter-OAuth-iPhone library.

The fix is simple. Go into your code and so a search for oauth_pin and change that to oauth-pin. Here are the files from Ben's library that are impacted by today's change:

  • Libraries & Headers/jQueryInject.txt
  • SAOAuthTwitterEngine/SA_OAuthTwitterController.m

Make the change, recompile, and retest your app. You should be sending tweets again in no time.

HockeyTweet was updated (submitted to Apple for review) to version 1.2 tonight as part of this fix. I'll send an update when the fix is pushed to the App Store.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ottawa Based Mac Programmer Collective...coming soon

We will code in the coffee shops, at home and in our car...

We will code as a group or alone....

We will ship in 3 weeks....

Yes, I am working on a new iPhone App as part of the launch of a new Programmer Collective that is launching in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada). The name of the collective will be released soon, as will our new app.

Some details about the collective:
  • We are a group of local Ottawa devs that are coming together under a common banner.
  • We will continue to release software as individuals and the occasional group effort.
  • We code for the Mac, iPhone and are Cocoaheads.
  • We share resources (books, web hosting, blog hosting, code hosting, etc).
  • We share code, ideas, advice, and moral support.

Keep your eyes peeled, the curtain will be raised soon.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

HockeyTweet Breaks into the US App Store

I made my first sale in the US App Store yesterday for HockeyTweet. It's a small start and encouraging to see the app selling outside Canada.

I also updated the Lockernine website based on feedback from a user. There is now a direct link to the App Store for the apps for sale by Lockernine (Lockernine being me and apps being yes there are more in the works).

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Steve Ballmer Scoops HockeyTweet

Steve Ballmer announced the future of Hockey viewing on CBC's The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. Steve knows that part of watching hockey is yelling at your TV and sharing with your friends and driving the other fans crazy. He scooped HockeyTweet on the show and talked about how you should be able to immediately tell your friend about a fantastic goal -- no matter whether your friend is next to you on the couch, at the bar or at the game.

Steve's vision of the future didn't take long to realize. HockeyTweet is now available in the Apple App Store. After you've downloaded a copy, take a minute to check out Steve Ballmer''s interview.

Steve -- just visit the iTunes store to get your copy. Better yet, send me an e-mail and I'll send you a promo code.