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Rarebreed, a London digital agency, recently arrived at the place all agencies visit where they wanted to create something for themselves rather than for a client. Something the design team could sink their teeth into. They chose to build an iPhone App which they could use internally with clients when scheduling meetings and they asked me to develop it.

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I am sure many Objective-C developers, iOS or OSX, have been in the situation where the backend API needed for the project they are working on has not been developed by the time they need to start writing the code that will access it. In organisations such as creative agencies, startups and software companies it is not always possible to synchronise resources to perfectly suit all the current projects' timelines but with a mixture of creativity and technology, conveniently wrapped up in a utility called SimpleObjectiveCAPIService, this simple bottle neck can be negotiated.

It is only correct that I point out now that this utility has been created more to assist with iOS app development rather than provide production ready network utility. If you are developing an enterprise iPad app or an iPhone app that has to cope with dynamic connectivity situations this utility is more than likely going to fall short of your needs.

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Xcode provides integration with Git which remains of the most popular distributed repository systems choice for developers. The only other one I have used recently is Mercurial, SVN seems to be fading into the background and as for CVS, I am probably just showing my age now. This tutorial will demonstrate how to back up the Xcode Git repository for your iOS project. This includes how to bundle up all of the Objective-C you have written, the Nib files and all the supporting files for your project and upload them from your machine on to an Amazon S3 bucket in two clicks.

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Adobe Air Runtime
Following on from my research into the differences between native or cross platform mobile phone / tablet development I decided to build an app that would run on both an Android phone and my iPhone. I chose to develop it using Sencha Touch (and PhoneGap) as this framework easily lends itself to similar application architecture encountered when undertaking Flex application development with Robotlegs or PureMVC.

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Earlier this month I enjoyed one of the perks of being a member of the universities' Digital Media Industrial Panel and delivered a lecture to the students studying digital media. There was obviously only one thing for me to talk about ... Native vs Cross Platform Mobile Development.

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Recently I have been looking into the popular choices, platforms and frameworks, currently used to develop mobile phone apps and I have collated my findings here. This post has a day to day production considerations, is reasonably technical and is aimed at decision makers, team leaders and senior developers. If you are a freelance mobile developer you may find this article a primer when deciding which mobile phone technology you feel is worth pursuing.

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As a web developer who is interested in mobile phone development I thought the first part of my journey into learning what the new wonderful world of mobile is like would be to get this website, my portfolio, to render well on my phone.

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