Craig Hockenberry

If not an iWatch... how about an iRing?

iWatch is all most markets and media outlets are talking about these days because wearables are new and every short-attention-span junky in the world wants Apple to do something new. But what if, instead of an iWatch, Apple went with an iRing?

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Debug 22: Hockenberry, Rhyne, Vandal on iOS 7

Craig Hockenberry of the Iconfactory, Rob Rhyne of Martian Craft, and Luc Vandal of Edovia talk to Guy and Rene about a lot of stuff not even vaguely related to iOS 7. And a bit that is.

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Changes to code signing in OS X Mavericks and what developers need to know

It sounds like OS X Mavericks, which could launch any week now, introduces some changes to code-signing that developers will find frustrating if they're not up to speed on them. Craig Hockenberry on Furbo.org:

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The problem with how AMBER Alerts are handled on iOS and mobile

The emergency alert system in iOS is meant to save lives, either the lives of children with the AMBER Alert system, or lives in general with natural disaster warnings. However, not all alerts are created equally, and unfortunately, not all iOS alerts are as informative or interactive as they need to be. Craig Hockenberry has broken down the problems with the AMBER alert received by many Californian's last night. From Furbo:

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From twit to tweet: How Twitterrific helped Twitter get its verb - and bird - on

Last week the word "tweet" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Craig Hockenberry, a principle of the Iconfactory, co-creator of Twitterrific, and iMore hall of famer, gave some background as to its origins on his blog, Furbo.org:

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Debug 5: Craig Hockenberry, Sean Heber, and Twitterrific

Guy and Rene talk to the Iconfactory's Craig Hockenberry and Sean Heber about Twitterrific 5, the early days of the iPhone, Chameleon, beefs with nibs, underscores, colons, and ternary operators, App Store realities, and the importance of blame avoidance optimization.

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Hall of fame: Craig Hockenberry, Gedeon Maheux, and Twitterrific

Twitterrific was the first native social networking client on the iPhone. Created by Craig Hockenberry and Gedeon Maheux of the Iconfactory, it began as the Mobile Twitterrific project in August of 2007, only two short months after the original iPhone shipped, and well before Apple announced even the plan for an official SDK. Development started "in the open", with a proof-of-concept made available on Google Project Hosting.

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Behind the bits of Twitterrific 5

The bits of Twitterrific 5 were programed by Sean Heber and Craig Hockenberry, and Hockenberry has now shared the details of that work, and a behind-the-scenes look at the project in general, on his blog, Furbo.org. Hockenberry talks about the process, and the reason they chose to leave certain features out, like push notifications, trends, and streaming:

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Does iPad 4.2 mute switch make more sense for iPad 2 with FaceTime?

The godfather of iOS development, Craig Hockenberry wondered out loud on Twitter about just why Apple would change the iPad's hardware orientation lock to a mute switch in iOS 4.2, and if it could be related to future, FaceTime-equipped iPad 2 hardware:

When (not if) an iPad has FaceTime, will silencing the alerts be more important than orientation? Depends on the person and how they use it…

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Twitterrific gets simpler, better for iPad - TiPb at WWDC

Twitterrific is the grandaddy of iOS Twitter clients -- it existed on the iPhone before there was an SDK and was in the App Store on launch day, and again for iPad launch. Twitterrific has evolved from a reader-centric experience to a feature-full client and back to a highly focused app.

Craig Hockenberry, a principle at Iconfactory, the driving force behind Twitterrific, spoke to me at WWDC 2010 about getting Twitterrific ready for the iPad and how that process re-informed what will be going into (and perhaps coming out of) Twitterrific 3.0 for iPhone.

And no, Tweetie becoming the free Twitter for iPhone isn't slowing them down. (You can read more on that from Craig and Iconfactory collaborators David Lanham and Ged Maheux)

Hockenberry has also taken a turn as author, with his iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual now available from O'Reilly. It takes you through the process, from SDK signup to Xcode and Objective-C, to deploying an app. It's a treasure-trove of experience and insight for developers -- aspiring and veteran alike.

Videos after the break. (Huge apologies to everyone, especially Craig, for the annoying wind noise -- I greatly underestimated it during filming)

[Twitterrific homepage]

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