Five day school for developing iPhone Apps

Having worked on mobile applications, including the Absolute Radio iAmp and LiveAmp for the iPhone and the Absolute Radio iAmp for Android, I’m conscious of the challenges of developing successful mobile applications either in-house or with external developers.

Which is why I was intrigued when someone pointed me towards App School. It’s a five-day course on developing for the iPhone run by two relatively experienced mobile developers – Patrick Collison developed the Encyclopedia app, which brought Wikipedia to the iPhone, while Daniel Heffernan won the IBM Open Source competition by creating an app to allow iPhones to function as wireless game controllers.

It looks pretty comprehensive:

Day1: Introduction to the iPhone SDK and Objective-C

Day2: Introduction to Cocoa Touch and interacting with the user’s data.

Day3: Important basic data structures and iPhone hardware interaction.

Day4: Connecting to other iPhones and computers, and the Media Layer.

Day 5: Performance profiling and optimisation, going live, and selling your app.

You can see more details of the course outline, and also the requirements.

‘App School is designed for software developers with object-oriented programming experience. Anyone with a good understanding of object-oriented languages, such as C++, Java or C# will be able to participate fully.’

Now the course does cost from £1350 to £1500 (Although there’s a 50% discount for the students/unemployed), but then again attending 2 or 3 conferences this year could cost more!

If you want to find out more there’s a blog, or you can find them on Twitter. The new London-based course is on October 12-16, so you’ll need to be quick!

Start the week with a great guide to multimedia journalism

There are increasing numbers of journalists and bloggers utilising every channel in multimedia to convey their stories and information, but whether you’re contemplating starting to embrace digital multimedia, or you’ve engaged in mixing text, audio, video etc for a while, you’re bound to pick up at least a couple of new tools and ideas from Mindy McAdam’s Reporters Guide to Multimedia Profiency.

It’s the single PDF compilation of her 15 excellent blog posts on the subject.

And worth reading if you’re publishing anything online, whether or not you’d define yourself as a journalist or editorial staff.

Former colleague (although we never met in person), Adam Westbrook has also been doing some brilliant guides to using multimedia and video.

And for interesting inspiration, I tend to look at Christian Payne, and spend some spare time trying to persuade friend and former colleague Angus Farquhar to spend more time doing crazy stuff and blogging about it.

140char honoured in probably the best guide to Twitter…

It’s amazing how the use of social networks, and increasingly microblogging networks like Twitter, can lead to the most wonderful examples of perfect timing!

I’ll be honest and admit that there have been times recently when I’ve wondered whether I’m committed enough to maintaining two blogs – particularly with the slow loading of the site and admin pages I’ve recently experienced, and the fact that all the other lovely contributors have managed to all get busy with their day jobs at the same time. Plus other sites have started appearing which have developed some of the original ideas for 140char a little further (particularly if they’ve had access to developers!). The most recent example is Just Tweet It, which does great directory listings for Twitter. Plus there’s some great blogs keeping track of the latest apps, like Twitterholics, the overview at Twittermaven, and the always great Pistachio Consulting Touchbase blog.

Plus I’m happy to be getting asked to contribute more and more to various projects at work to integrate social media – and I’m about to take a bit of an offline break.

So it took me a day or so to catch up with the source of a lot of buzz on Twitter – Luke Razzell’s awesome guide to Twitter.

Luke Razzells great Twitter guide

Luke Razzell's great Twitter guide

I know there have been several guides to Twitter, and various posts about Twitter etiquette, but having finally sat down and had a look at Luke’s 11 page short paper, he’s combined being accessible for new users with being comprehensive for the more experienced. It’s also packed full of great examples (all hyperlinked). It really is that good!

And having read through it, I was amazed to find, on Page 10 ‘see 140Char for some sharp analysis of Twitter and its competitive landscape’


I had to check the url twice to make sure he meant me!

So I guess I better keep going! I’ve had quite a few ideas recently around revamping some of the site, and making sure the focus is on something different and complimentary from the other great blogs and sites out there. And there are a few things I think I can offer.

So although I may or may not have the opportunity to update over the next week, rest assured I will be back – and the site will be new and improved on my return (once I’ve sorted the email overload etc!). And there should be some new and interesting bits.

And in the meantime, go and download Luke’s paper. Read it. And then tell your friends, colleagues and readers.

And make sure everyone thanks Luke at @weaverluke.