My barcodes book is Deal of the Day at Manning on December 3rd! Get 50% off with the promo code below.
Disclaimer: I am the ProductLayer Developer Evangelist. My job is to convince you to build apps using our platform. Contact me if you have any questions.
Have you ever tweeted about a product that has you excited? Have you ever posted about a product on Facebook that really annoys you? Are you a “digital native” who feels right at home in social networks, keeping loose contacts with your friends and business associates?
Until today, whenever you would post something to a social network, this information would drown in the flood of other people’s posts. There was no way of finding other people’s opinions about physical products, except perhaps Amazon product reviews. But wouldn’t you trust more your friend’s opinions than those of complete strangers?
I extracted all E-Mail addresses from my archive, dating back almost 6 years. From the resulting 7303 I filtered all that didn’t seem to address individual people. That left 5466.
For a while I considered sending an email to all of these via Mailchimp. I even wrote the letter below, in English because I figured that most people would understand that. But then I decided against sending a mass e-mail, fearing that it would cause me more trouble than positive outcomes.
Instead I’m posting it on my blogs. Much less of a nuisance …
Over the last 8 months I worked almost exclusively on my book on Barcodes with iOS 7. That meant that during this time I could not take on any new projects. That has changed now, that my book is feature complete. There are some edits remaining to be made, as well as adding info on enhancements coming in iOS 8.
But as I need to earn a living I am now back on the market for taking on project work. I am acting Developer Evangelist for our Product Layer startup and am now looking for contract work to fill the income gap. I’ve summarized my skills and interests for your reference.
My publisher Manning is highlighting 3 of their iOS titles on April 11, all three are the “Deal of the Day” meaning that you get 50% off with promo code “dotd041114au” if you purchase them on this day.
For the past four months I have been working almost exclusively on my Book Barcodes and iOS 7, which is why there have been only very few tutorial blog posts on Cocoanetics.com. Now the first fruits of my labor of love are yours for the picking.
My publisher Manning has started the MEAP pre-order program for the book. This MEAP program gives you – of course – the final book when it is finished, but you can also read the chapters in their raw unedited state as I finish them.
Even better, you can read the first chapter for FREE, no purchase necessary. This chapter gives you a solid overview over the barcode types that iOS 7 can scan, explains their differences and shows where they are used.
We use Google Analytics in some of our apps, but lately some people have grown dissatisfied with it. In particular non-technical people find it confusing how data is being presented. We iOS engineers had to wait for a long time for Google to finally add arm64 support.
So I asked on Twitter for recommendations.
One fine day, late summer 2013, I noticed that Apple had added a ton of new functionality to iOS, in particular related to barcodes. This set a train of thought in motion, the fruits of which are just now beginning to show.
Monday afternoon, in the Cocoanetics offices. Colleague René is discussing with us an approach how to centralize some code without inheritance and is drawing on the whiteboard. Suddenly my iPhone begins to vibrate.
My first thought was that this must be the silent ringing when there is an incoming voice call. It didn’t stop even though we tried to ignore it for a few seconds. Then I glanced at the phone and noticed that I was getting a flash flood of push notifications from Tweetbot.
Update: JustUnfollow posted an interview with me.