Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

CoreData + iCloud, Buyer Beware

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Back when iOS 5 was released, it was introduced having support for Apple’s new “cloud service”, iCloud. Dutifully, Apple provided developers with an API to store and access data in iCloud, and their usual Apple way, attempt to implement the “heavy lifting”.

We can now store small bits of key-value data, quickly and easily, to be shared amongst our devices.

Additionally, documents can be “magically” store with minimal additional effort from previous document support.

Finally, the coup-de-gras, is the ability to sync our Core-Data backed data, again, with only the smallest number of changes to current implementation.

To help its developers along, Apple provides sample projects and code snippets to demonstrate the ease by which these magical technologies may be easily incorporated.

Even at the latest local CocoaHeads meeting, the presenter puts together a demo that shows the wonders of using CoreData plus iCloud, and we all applaud in approval.

Others might have disagreed, however.

  • No Identity apps had their tush bitten by a released application.
  • Notable Mac developer, Bare Bones Software (at this time) is still struggling with getting their app, Yojimbo, to play nice with iCloud (although, in all honesty, they might have come from a slightly different direction with converting the now defunct MobileMe support to iCloud)

Not trying to be a nay-sayer, but this is not comprehensive list of complaints we have heard. We haven’t made the transition on Wooly Tasks yet, so we are not speaking from first-hand knowledge, but best to go into the effort with eyes-wide open.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Steven Paul Jobs 1955-2011

Today, Steve Jobs, an amazing man in his own right, and an undisputed visionary, passed away at age 56. He led an amazing life, did amazing things, and created several amazing companies (NeXT, Pixar, Apple). He, more than many others in history, has done more to positively influence people’s lives and livelihoods.

I am selfishly sadden that I never got to personally meet Steve, even though I have admired him ever since I brought home my first Apple product, an Apple ][+, nearly 30 years ago. That purchase, earned by a summer of construction work during the summer between my sophomore and junior year of high school, led me to the path of developing software as a profession.

When I lived and worked in Sunnyvale, in the early 1990’s, I use to ride my bicycle up Foothill Expressway and into Palo Alto (usually stopping at Stanford with a book to read and soak in some of the sun). Often, before heading home, I would ride into the neighborhoods of Palo Alto, knowing that Steve Jobs had his house somewhere there. I was hoping that I might have a chance encounter with him, or at least see his house from the street. I never did, and having seen pictures of his house, I’m pretty sure I was in the wrong neighborhoods, but it sure was fun trying at the time.

Other people who may or may not have made their marks on the world, including noted civil rights leader Rev. Fred L Shuttlesworth, died on the same day. This doesn’t mean that Steve was better than these other people. We could all learn from their lives. Steve gave us the gift of showing that hard work, breaking the status quo, and doing things a bit differently is a Good Thing.

May his family find comfort somehow in knowing he is no longer suffering, and is at peace. May the world come together and embrace his propensity of creative thinking and attention to detail.

Rest In Peace, Steve. You inspired me for 30 years, now we continue forth and carry your message into the future.


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