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Still A Geek…

March 7th, 2010

Looking back to my last post way back in October it is pretty clear when things started getting crazy at work.  The team survived and managed to finish another awesome version of mFoundry’s mBanking product.  These days I’m doing more management and less coding, but I’m definitely still a geek.  Given that iPhone applications are all the rage in the industry, I’ve been trying to learn my way around iPhone development.  During the process of learning, I’ve noticed a few things that have caught me off guard compared to Java.  I hope to post a few of those things in the days and weeks to come that may help other Java programmers.  In the meantime, I thought I would share some about the project I’ve been playing with to learn.

The Project

In order to learn a new platform, I always like to have a project to build.  Looking around, I didn’t find any iPhone DAAP clients for servers like the Firefly Media Server.  I’ve been trying to build a DAAP client as my learning experience.  I have a good chunk of the navigation working at this point.

DAAP Player

The iPhone Core Data support is amazingly powerful, providing a good chunk of the underlying data source support for table views like those in the client.

DAAP Albums

There is still much to be done, but the iPhone SDK has provided a large amount of functionality for a very small price.  As always, I continue to be impressed with the power packed into modern handsets.

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