Category: Development

Debugging & Monitoring iPhone HTTP and HTTPS Requests

As I write this, I’ve been working on an iPhone application that is very reliant on Internet connectivity. One of the challenges I encountered early in the development of this application was debugging the HTTP requests I was making and the responses I was getting back from the server. One of the requirements is that […]

Incrementing Version and Build Numbers with Xcode

“How can we automate our build number in this project? Perhaps a python or AppleScript?” I get this question a lot. I contract out my development services to companies who need Mac, iPhone, or iPad software designed and developed. Many of these companies have lots of Windows developers on board full-time and contract out their […]

Using TextEdit to Modify /etc/hosts File

You can’t just open up your editor of choice to modify the /etc/hosts file on your Mac. You can open the file without any problem, you just can’t save it. To do this you must have super user privileges. Just being an Administrator isn’t enough. Fortunately, there’s a way to temporarily get super user privileges […]

How to Completely Uninstall Xcode

I hit a really odd bug last night. I mean, really, really odd. One of those bugs that keeps you up until 4am and you go to bed defeated. I came into the office today and had another engineer sit with me as I went through my code explaining what I was doing hoping that […]

My First Open Source Project

I use WordPress as my blogging platform and I absolutely love it. It’s so well done and makes blogging a joy. I’ve tried other platforms and spent more time fixing it, fretting over why the upgrade brought my site down, traversing database tables, and wishing it would do something that it doesn’t. As most of […]