• Having trouble with Fabric and Android Studio?

    Fabric, (www.fabric.io) is the new umbrella webapp from Twitter that incorporates all of Twitter’s APIs. Fabric provides plugins for XCode, IntelliJ, Eclipse and Android Studio providing support for Crashlytics, Twitter, MoPub and Digits. It’s extremely easy to get setup, most of the time that is, with it’s walkthrough setup process. There are parts of the setup that either wait for you to do something and in most cases will actually update your files with the necessary code. No need to track down files, figure out where to make the change, make the change and hope for the best. Today though...

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  • Hiding empty table cells in UITableViews

    Recently for a coding challenge I had to display a table full of search results from a web service. Always a fun challenge but when you really want to impress sometimes this: just looks a bit off putting if you’re trying to show off your UI/UX skills. So how can we get rid of these empty cells? Well one way would be to add a UIView to your custom UITableViewCells, give it a background color and set it just at the bottom of your UITableViewCell. Then set the UITableViewCell separator property to None and call it a day. I won’t...

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  • How to determine nearby locations with trigonometry!

    Lots of apps out there figure out how to determine locations near you. So just how exactly do we do that? Well SQLServer has some nice functionality baked right in. So does Android and iOS. What if you’re using mySQL and all you’ve got are latitudes and longitudes? How would you figure out which of those locations are near where you are? Do you remember your high school trigonometry? Does the acronym SOHCAHTOA make you cringe? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions and have bad flashbacks or the urge to break out your TI-92 calculator don’t fret....

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