This is just a quick note to Pouch users out there: I just submitted the Pouch 1.0.1 update to the App Store, which includes a fix for errors that said "Can't connect to the internet" or "Authentication needed". Sorry about that. The update will be available as soon as Apple approves it. Thanks for hanging in there with me!
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This one's for the developers out there, and maybe the designers too. What music do you like to listen to when you're programming or making things? The primary characteristic of music that is good for programming seems to be a lack of words. Any kind of vocals in a track distracts me very quickly (although this might have to do with my childhood as a choir singer). I prefer something that puts me into a steady mental state, and kind of stays out of the way. So, I find myself mostly listening to dance music, or more specifically, IDM (a useful but annoying term).
Version 1.1 of Glory Math 1 is now available on the App Store. Not only does this version run faster and look crisper, but it now features full-screen iPad support. I've also added the ability to pause animation, and to take screenshots quickly and easily. Get it now in the App Store.
The latest release to Sphericle is now available on the App Store. This update fixes a nasty crashing bug with iOS 4.2.1, where the app would crash as soon as it was started. Sorry to anyone who felt pain from that bug. Get the update here.
This past weekend, I attended Drupal Camp Austin, a two-day conference at the AT&T Center that hosted a lot of really great presentations on various Drupal and general web topics. It was my first conference, and a good experience. I've always been a little anti-conferences, but this weekend may have changed that stance. Here is some of what I most enjoyed from the first day, and some links to resources that I found out about from the conference.
ASIHTTPRequest is a wonderful Objective-C library for simplifying web request programming in your iOS (and OS X) apps. It's my go-to library for web server communication in iPhone apps. But, it's taken me awhile to get my own system for using it within apps that communicate with a server that needs authentication. In this article, I'll show you how to create your own subclass of ASIHTTPRequest to further simplify constructing requests to your API, including logging in and out.
Sometimes you just want to break up your Drupal menus into sub-menus, but with headers that aren't links themselves. For example, say you want a menu like the one pictured here, and you'd like to implement it as one menu tree within Drupal. "Looking & Telling" and "Making" need to be menu items, but they aren't actually links to pages; they're just there to group menu items in a nice way. There is the Special Menu Items module to do it, but it does currently have some bugs, and there is actually a simple, theme-based way to achieve the same thing. Here's how.