The Mobile Mind Shift

The folks at Forrester Research recently published a wonderful book titled “The Mobile Mind Shift” in which they describe ways to reach customers by embracing the shift to mobile applications. A few choice quotes: “Mobile has reprogrammed your...

Swift and Scala – Mobile App Power Couple!

Apple announced Swift this past summer at WWDC 2014.  As many of you already know, this is Apple’s replacement language for Objective-C and is intended  for developing both iOS and Mac OS X applications.  When I started looking into Swift one of the first things...

Now Booking for Early 2015

FocalShift has been very busy this year developing and shipping apps for a number of clients, both here in the USA and around the world.  There have been a lot of exciting announcements and product releases from Apple this year; iOS 8, Xcode 6, Swift etc.  Not to...

Announcing the iOS Weekend YouTube Channel

We are pleased to announce the new iOS Weekend YouTube channel.  Here you will find recordings from our iOS Weekend on-line meetup sessions. If you aren’t already a member of the meetup group, hop on over to http://www.meetup.com/iosweekend and join.  All...

UI Refresh for Counter App

A big part of how we teach our iOS Weekend classes is to focus on building a real-world application. The application is called Count’em Up and it contains a host of features that appear in a typical iOS application.  The version we have been using for the past 2...

The Google Finance API Is Still Ticking

Innocence I am building a finance app for iOS. For production we plan to pay big bucks to a commercial data service for stock and option information but, until then, I need to build a ui, work out all the asynchronous data acquisition, and do some research to bulk up...

Hands on With Beginning iOS Training

We just finished another weekend class of Beginning iOS Programming, part of the FocalShift iOS Weekend training course schedule. This time we were at the Residence Inn, in Los Altos right near the corner of El Camino and San Antonio roads, as it turns, a place very...