iOS App Development

iOS Development

Connecting Native iOS apps to to SQL Server Analysis Services Cubes

Using a web service pattern, we can connect a native mobile application with just about any data source. SSAS is most often used as a backend database for Microsoft Excel and out-of-the-box BI Platforms to implement slice-and-dice ad-hoc query use cases. But could we connect a native mobile application to SSAS to provide a high-performance […]

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iOS Development
Public Cloud

Connecting a Native Swift iOS App to Salesforce.com Data

Enterprise mobile apps most often need to integrate with broader platforms. This quickstart demonstrates how easy it is to integrate an iOS mobile app with the Salesforce.com platform. Install Node.js and npm If you haven’t installed node on your system, you’ll need to do this first. There are several methods for installing node. You can download […]

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iOS Development

Developing Robot Runner.app for the Apple Watch

The news on Apple Watch ordering day when I rose at 6:30 US/Eastern was that the first production run had sold out — which I expected. Unexpected was that I found one (and only one!) style available for first wave delivery. The watch arrived April 24 (Friday) via UPS as promised. Time to Code! On Friday I enjoyed […]

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iOS Development
Strategy

Why do iPhone Apps need Apple Watch extensions?

How often do you look at your iPhone? As reported by The Daily Mail in 2004, Marketing agency Tecmark found the average user reaches for their smartphone an eye-popping 1,500 times per week! Other studies have reported similar statistics — the Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers 2013 Internet Trends Report found a similar statistic — smartphone users may use […]

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iOS Development

Adding a MKPolyLine overlay using Swift to an iOS MapKit Map

One of the features mobile users love is to see information conveyed right on a map surface. Weather, driving directions and customer locations are just more richly explained when superimposed on a map. In this post I’ll walk through the steps to draw a MKPolyLine on a MapKit map using the Swift programming language. PolyLines are […]

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iOS Development
Public Cloud

Tutorial: Using Amazon AWS S3 storage with your iOS Swift App

While the Amazon Mobile SDK documentation is very complete, it can be confusing for someone getting started. Like any backend service, AWS has a lot of moving parts, and you need to get them all working together before your app works. This tutorial will get you started using Amazon AWS by building an iOS app using […]

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Swift

Initial thoughts on Apple’s Swift Language

This past Monday, Apple announced that iOS developers working on native applications would have a brand new language to work with: Swift. For those doing (or have done) any iOS or OSX native development, this is the part of the presentation where they stopped checking their e-mail, sat up and paid attention. Haven’t I been […]

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