This marks the second year that Apple has announced plans to participate in Code.org's "Hour of Code" campaign. If you've ever wanted to learn what it takes to be a coder yourself (or if you have a young one who's interested), you'll want to head down to your local Apple Store on December 11 to enjoy a free hour-long introduction to computer programming.
And so the WWDC keynote is over. Tim Cook may have called this a "milestone" year for WWDC, and it's true that we saw some impressive things with the improved software development kit and the integration between iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite. But where was the iWatch, the bigger iPhone, or anything that counts as "one more thing"? Looks like we'll have to keep waiting to find out. Still, we did learn about Swift, the new programming language Apple designed.
One of the sad truths of the modern age is that so many things rely on computers, but comparatively few schools offer the chance to learn the coding that powers most programs. Code.org's "Hour of Code Youth Workshops" throughout this week aimto change all that, and Apple itself will be hosting one-hour educational sessions for teens and children this Wednesday at Apple retail stores throughout the United States.
It's been kind of a rough day for the iPhone 5s. First there was the news that the new flagship smartphone's suffering from a "blue screen of death," and now AllThingsD reports that a study by performance management team Crittercism found that iOS apps are twice as likely to crash on the iPhone 5s when compared to the iPhone 5 and 5c.
We’re rapidly heading into a world where those who can’t understand code are left behind. Everyone should try learning at least one programming language, even if it’s just so that they can communicate their needs to tech people. Knowing some code-fu does wonders for your problem solving and logic, too. Whether you're aiming for eventual App Store success, dipping your toes into a new hobby, or just trying to learn a new skill, these eight iOS apps will help you distinguish loops from conditionals and provide all the groundwork you need to become a 1337 coder — no matter your age or technical know-how.
If you need further confirmation of just how influential the iPhone has become, look no further than Tennessee’s Freed-Hardeman University, where six computer science majors rallied together to create a free iOS app aimed at enhancing the experience of visiting the campus, right in the palm of your hand.
One of the little-known features of iCal is the ability to schedule future alarms along with an AppleScript action. AppleScript is Apple’s consumer-based programming language that allows you to write simple scripts that will automate repetitive tasks on your Mac. AppleScript lets you do simple things from opening applications and favorite websites to more advance tasks that can even change the behavior of your Mac.
Apple is ruffling the feathers of many developers with the Mac App Store. According to the leaked rules on submitting applications to the store for approval, Apple mentions that any apps using deprecated technologies will be rejected. Unfortunately, as Apple released the Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 last night, they made the statement that Java is now deprecated on Mac OS X. This means Java developers will be unable to distribute their applications via the Mac App Store.
Calling all you aspiring developers out there! Apple has released videos from more than 100 individual sessions at this year's WWDC. Or maybe you might want to view them because perhaps you were able to actually attend the WWDC, and just want to relive some memories…whatever tickles your fancy!