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Kevin Hoffman's Blog Went to the developer program site a few minutes ago and saw the following notice: We have decided to drop the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software. We put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don’t steal our work. It has happened before. While we have filed for hundreds of patents on iPhone technology, the NDA added yet another level of protection. We put it in place as one more way to help protect the iPhone from being ripped off by others. However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone’s success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so. Please... (more)

Using ASP.NET MVC Action Filters to Declare Reference Data for Views

When we all build websites, usually we're concerned with figuring out how we're going to get the major entities into the view. We want to know how we're going to handle the shopping cart or how we're going to get the customer record onto the page, etc. But, one of the little details that almost always comes back to bite us in the ass is the use of reference data. Reference data is data that rarely changes, is frequently queried, and shows up in multiple places throughout the application. This might be anything from the list of companies currently trading on a particular stock mark... (more)

Debugging EXC_BAD_ACCESS Errors with NSZombieEnabled

iPhone Summit at Cloud Expo One of the biggest problems developers have when building apps for the iPhone is memory violations. A lot of developers, especially those who come from a Java or .NET background, have trouble adjusting to an environment where they need to manually keep track of reference counts and they need to be explicitly aware of their own memory management. I've known quite a few developers who tried their hand at programming for the iPhone and they threw up their hands and quit when they started trying to track down memory problems. I'm certainly not condoning ... (more)

On Fragmentation: WP7 vs. Android

Before you read on through this blog post, check out this post on Slashdot from a disgruntled Android programmer who is fed up with having to maintain multiple different code paths to deal with the out of control fragmentation in the Android market. First, as great as Java may be, it has never been, nor will it ever be, the "write-once-run-anywhere" language that its original creators envisioned. So that's already 1 strike against keeping fragmentation at bay - developers might be writing Java code, but the underlying JVM and the hardware availability of Java method calls is goi... (more)

A Second Glance at SharePoint 2007 Features

I have been guilty of underestimating the power of Features. It wasn't really until I started digging deep into the bowels of the new Features and Solutions system in SharePoint 2007 that I finally started to realize how pervasive this stuff is. At first glance, it's extremely easy to make a sweeping generalization that Features are just a simple ability to add "stuff" in a couple of different locations throughout SharePoint. SharePoint actually does a really good job of hiding its own use of Features, which makes this misunderstanding all the more easy to make. When you create ... (more)