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On being a beginner developer

My friend Jeremey has been learning JavaScript for a while. In this post he explains a problem I came up against in my own experience of learning iOS development:

I share the backstory to highlight two main hurdles I ran into:

  1. If you're thinking of pursuing a developer role ...

Enumerating the ways I love Swift Enumerations

Really simple example of how enumerations with associated values work in Swift, and why they're so useful.

Two ways to level up your analogue planner or bullet journal

Notebook and pens

Since rejoining the world of paper planning and journalling recently, I've been visiting Reddit and Instagram regularly to pick up inspiration.

It's always interesting to see how other people organise themselves and what personal quirks they've included in their own planning methods.

Unfortunately, it's also easy ...

The Productive Habits book is now available!

I hit a big milestone yesterday: I released my first ever book! It's an e-book version of the Productive Habits course, with all the same lessons in an easy-to-reference format, and a little extra research material thrown in.

You can get the book in a bundle with the course ...

A Brief iOS9 UIStackView Guide

Looking into using UIStackView for the first time today, and I found this explanation really helpful.

How to read a lot

When I was 11 I won a year-long reading competition at school for reading the most books of anyone in my year.

In 2013 I read 7 books. I don't remember how many books I read to win that competition, but I have no doubt it was many more ...

Looking for an iOS development mentor

I've been learning iOS development for about 2-2.5 years now. I started with an Objective-C course on Treehouse, then started building my first product: an app to rate your mood in Exist. These days Exist for iOS has grown into a proper mobile client for Exist, and is ...

Starting somewhere

Curtis Herbert talks about his first ever iOS app, and what he's learned since then. I especially like his mention of the importance of business and marketing skills:

As much as you're struggling with new code, make sure you take time to hone your business skills ...

Tracking down an Xcode bug with Swift 2.2

I've had a bug showing up in Xcode lately that's been interrupting my flow and making it nigh impossible to get anything done. I spent pretty much all day yesterday debugging it and finally fixed it last night. Since I had so much trouble figuring out what it ...

Get rich or die vlogging: The sad economics of internet fame

Sad, but fascinating story about what it's really like to be a "social media star".

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