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Remember to add IPhone dev to website Friday, February 26, 2010 10:41 PM
As I come up to speed on IPhone and all things Mac, I'll have to be sure to rework that information into this website. I've kinda sorta started to by adding the Mac and IPhone blog categories.
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Stanford Course Friday, February 26, 2010 10:40 PM
To come up to speed on IPhone development, I will work my way through the Stanford IPhone development course CS193P. The syllabus looks like this:

Week 1: 1/5 & 1/7
1/5: Intro to Mac OS X and Cocoa Touch, Objective-C and Tools
1/7: Using Objective-C, Foundation objects
Assignment: Hello Stanford and Command Line Tool I (due 1/13)
Week 2: 1/12 & 1/14
1/12: Custom classes, Memory Management, ObjC Properties
1/14: MVC, Interface Builder, Controls & target-action
Assignment: Command Line Tool II and HelloPoly I (due 1/20)
Week 3: 1/19 & 1/21
1/19: Views, Animation, Open GL
1/21: View Controllers
Assignment: HelloPoly II (due 1/27)
Week 4: 1/26 & 1/28
1/26: Navigation Controllers, Tab Bar Controllers, Searching
1/28: TableViews
Assignment: Flickr 1 (due 2/3)
Week 5: 2/2 & 2/4
2/2: Dealing with Data: User Defaults, SQLite, Web Services
2/4: Threading, Notifications, KVC
Assignment: Flickr 2 (due 2/10), Final project proposals
Week 6: 2/9 & 2/11
2/9: Text, Responders, Modal Views
2/11: Address Book
Assignment: Flickr 3 (due 2/17)
Week 7: 2/16 & 2/18
2/16: WebViews, MapKit
2/18: Multitouch, Gestures
Assignment: Flickr 4 (due 2/24)
Week 8: 2/23 & 2/25
2/23: Device APIs: Location, Accelerometer, Compass, Battery Life
2/25: Audio playback, Video playback, Image/Video Picker, iPod Media Access
Assignment: Final project (due 3/17)
Week 9: 3/2 & 3/4
3/2: Bonjour, streams, networking, GameKit
3/9: Unit testing, Objective-C fun, localization
Assignment: Final project (due 3/17)
Week 10: 3/9 & 3/11
3/9: TBD
3/11: TBD
Assignment: Final project (due 3/17)
CS193P Handout #1
Winter 2010 Cannistraro/Shaffer

While I was on vacation I watched the first three classes or so. Looks like it's going to be fun!
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I ordered the new Mac Friday, February 26, 2010 2:15 PM

I just ordered a new IMac from B&H Photo (free shipping - oh, not quite $15 and tax - significant here in WA - about $200). The specs are:

  • Quad-Core 2.66GHz Intel Core i5
  • 8GB (4x2GB) RAM
  • 1TB Hard Drive
  • 8x SuperDrive DVD Burner, SD Card Slot
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850 Graphics
  • 27" LED Backlit 16:9 Widescreen Display
  • iSight Camera, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • 802.11n Airport Extreme Wi-Fi
  • Wireless Keyboard & Magic Mouse
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Who would have thought! Should be here next Friday!
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A Mac Guy Once Again Saturday, February 20, 2010 5:02 PM

Before I came to work at Microsoft, I worked at OCLC (technically, Ameritech bought our division right before I left). I did a variety of things at OCLC but one of the projects I got involved with was a pilot Macintosh project. In 1987, or so, OCLC became a developer partner with Apple. As a result they got an Apple Lisa (a firmware upgrade later, the MacXL) and one of the very early Macintosh's. When OCLC ended its pilot program, they gave me the Lisa/MacXL. I've kept it all these years and it is now out in the garage.

Well, after all these years I've decided to buy a Mac. I'll keep everyone posted on the experience!

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