What’s happening at the Secret Lab?

Swift Development with CocoaWe’ve posted an update on what we’re up to so far in 2015 over on the Secret Lab blog: check it out!

You can find info on the video webcasts on Swift and Unity that we recentlyUltimate Swift Programming presented, as well as the new Ultimate Swift Programming videos we made for O’Reilly (it’s been a hive of video production and post-production in Hobart!)

Our newest book, Swift Development with Cocoa, as well as the Ultimate Swift Programming videos we created, are available at O’Reilly’s website.

Button Squid

I’m super excited that Button Squid, Secret Lab’s on again, off-again puzzle game, is making substantial progress! We’ve started a Tumblr to show off concepts, screenshots, and eventually talk about sound and game design as well. Check it out at buttonsquid.tumblr.com

Button SquidWe’ve also set our teaser site live at buttonsquid.com

Swift Development with Cocoa

The new book that I co-authored with Jon Manning and Tim Nugent is now available from O’Reilly Media. Swift Development with Cocoa covers programming for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 using Apple’s new language. It’s getting great reviews, and it was a lot of fun to write.

Swift Development with CocoaThanks to our editor, Rachel Roumeliotis, for continuing to put up with us, as well as everyone else at O’Reilly who helped with the book. And thank you to our fabulous tech reviewers!

You can buy the book at O’Reilly, or Amazon, or at your favourite technical book-selling-place. It can also be read online via Safari.

Battery life

Then

“It’s almost impossible to believe, but during our initial tests, using the iPad pretty heavily, downloading and using lots of new apps, doing some 3D gaming, watching HD video, all the while getting email downloaded in the background, we got just about what Apple claims this device will do. In fact, it went a little better — we managed to get 10 hours and 43 minutes of life out of the iPad before we had to plug it in again in our first run through. That’s pretty crazy endurance considering what we were doing with it.” – Engadget’s iPad review, 3 April 2010

Now

“The bad news is that some compromises were made — specifically in the area of battery size … the [iPad] Air 2 squeezed out 11 hours and 15 minutes…” – Engadget’s iPad Air 2 review, 21 October 2014

Swift Training – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane

Hi all!

Swift Developer Lab by Secret LabWe’re going to be running a 1-day Swift Developer Lab in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane in the coming months. These labs are designed for existing iOS developers to get up to speed with Swift development for iOS 8.

You can learn more about the labs over at Secret Lab’s training page. Tickets are available at $250 (which is half price) until 10 November 2014. We’d love to see you there!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me: paris AT paris.id.au

All the books! 50% off!

Update 8 September 2014: this promotion seems to have finished now!

AsiOS_Games_1stEd part of O’Reilly’s “Back to School” promotion, all their ebooks and training videos are currently 50% off. This includes the books written by myself, Jon Manning, and Tim Nugent!

Grab a great discount on Learning Cocoa with Objective-C 4th Editionand our iOS Game Development Cookbook 1st Edition, as well as all of O’Reilly’s other fantastic books. Use the code B2S4 – it’s valid through to September 8, 2014.Learning_Cocoa_4thEd

It’s a great time to pickup these books – while Apple’s Swift and iOS 8 are around the corner, an understanding of Cocoa and Objective-C are still hugely relevant and necessary for iOS and Mac programmers, and the recipes in the game cookbook useful for everything from games to regular apps. Both these books have almost nothing but 4- and 5-star reviews of Amazon (visit them on Amazon, or just grab the sample code via the links on Secret Lab’s books page!)

/dev/world/2014

/dev/world/2014One of my favourite conferences ever, /dev/world/2014, is running for the 7th time this year. Once again it’s in Melbourne, and once again I’m speaking!

Secret Lab would not exist without the support we received through attending past AUC events, such as /dev/world. I could not recommend it more highly for those in the iOS or Mac development community, or interested in iOS or Mac development.

Check it out at http://www.devworld.com.au – tickets are available now!