Apple Redesigns App Store Connect Website

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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Along with redesigning the Apple Developer app on macOS, Apple has also redesigned the App Store connect website.

Apple Developer Mac App Updated With New UI

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Today Apple released a developer app on macOS called Apple Developer, which matches the iOS app of the same name. In fact, this could very well be the Catalyst version of the iOS app. The reason I think so is because I noticed my “Get App Icon” gave me the iOS icon, even though I used the Mac link. Or, that could mean nothing. The app is meant to be your one-stop guide to developer news, and also a great place to watch WWDC 2020. Stay up to date on the latest technical and community information; browse news, features, developer stories, and informative videos; catch up on videos from past Apple events and download them to watch offline. There’s also an in-app purchase to sign up for the Apple Developer Program.

Apple Developer Mac App Updated With New UI

How to File Great Bug Reports According to Apple

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Apple shared post to its developer page to give advice on how to file great bug reports. It’s also good advice for people who like to beta test Apple software, so bookmark the page once iOS 14 and macOS 10.16 Redwood have been announced (I’m taking this opportunity to make my macOS name prediction).

You should always file feedback for any bugs you find while developing on Apple’s platforms; after all, we can’t fix problems that we don’t know about. But how can you be sure that the information you provide is helpful for triaging the issue, rather than a bug-solving dead end? Here are some of our top tips for making sure your bug report is clear, actionable, and — most importantly — fixable.

GitHub Codespaces Lets You Code Visual Studio on an iPad

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

GitHub has a new tool it’s working on called Codespaces. It gives you a full Visual Studio coding experience in a browser. This means it can work on an iPad, Mac, and PC.

Codespaces sets up a cloud-hosted, containerized, and customizable VS Code environment. After set up, you can connect to a codespace through the browser or through VS Code.

I think this is exciting news. I don’t having programming experience but one argument in the “iPad computer replacement” debate is that developers can’t code on it.

GitHub Codespaces Lets You Code Visual Studio on an iPad

Over 750 Courses on AWS, Azure, Python, Linux, SQL, More: $79.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Complete Developer & IT Pro Library Bundle

We have a deal on the Complete Developer & IT Pro Library, a collection of more than 750 training courses covering Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python, Linux, SQL, Java, Microsoft, Cisco…and a lot more. The deal is for lifetime access to these courses for $79.99

Musician and Programmer John Nastos - TMO BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

John Nastos

John Nastos is a multi-instrumentalist, music composer and improvisor, saxophonist, an iOS app developer, book author and is currently on faculty at Portland State University as a Jazz Saxophone Instructor.

John is one of those special people who is an accomplished jazz musician, iOS developer and author. He tells a fascinating story about how he got started as a jazz musician and the people who mentored him. Along the way, he also fondly adopted the Mac, and that stood him well when it came time to develop some very popular, technical music apps that had never existed before. As an instructor, John teaches his students the principles behind music improvisation. His first book, The Mechanism lays out those core concepts. John is a gifted speaker and educator, so don’t miss this show.

Official GitHub for Mobile App Launches on iOS

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

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GitHub for mobile launches out of beta today for Android and iOS. You can see the latest notifications; read, react, and reply to issues and pull requests; review and merge pull requests; organize issues with labels, assignees, projects, and more; and browse your files and code.

Stay in touch with your team, triage issues, and even merge, right from the app. We’re making these tasks easy for you to perform, no matter where you work, with a beautifully native experience.

Blocs 3 Website Builder for Mac: $39.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Blocs 3

We have a deal on Blocs 3 Website Builder for Mac a fast, easy-to-use, and powerful visual web design software that lets you create responsive websites without writing code. This app works on the concept of stacking pre-defined sections to build fully-coded web pages. The promo video shows Blocs in action. Blocs 3 is $39.99 through our deal.

Kelly and Brent Simmons – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-26

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Kelly sits down (on a sunny day) to chat with Brent Simmons about the history of NetNewsWire, his approach to the design of the app, and why he *really* writes software.

This Startup Wants to Build a “GitHub for Data”

· Andrew Orr · Link

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A startup called Gretel wants to build a “GitHub for data” so developers can safely access sensitive data.

Often, developers don’t need full access to a bank of user data — they just need a portion or a sample to work with. In many cases, developers could suffice with data that looks like real user data.

This so-called “synthetic data” is essentially artificial data that looks and works just like regular sensitive user data. Gretel uses machine learning to categorize the data — like names, addresses and other customer identifiers — and classify as many labels to the data as possible. Once that data is labeled, it can be applied access policies. Then, the platform applies differential privacy — a technique used to anonymize vast amounts of data — so that it’s no longer tied to customer information.


Darkroom Photo Editor Latest to Go Subscription

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Darkroom is the latest app to move to a subscription model. It affects new users only, and current users won’t lose their premium features they paid for.

For new users, Darkroom will cost $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year. And there is still a one-time purchase option at $49.99. Darkroom hopes that a switch to a subscription business model will increase its revenue and thus expand development of the app.

Subscriptions are annoying, but I don’t blame developers so much as Apple. This is exactly what they wanted because it means more money for them. I don’t Apple will ever add upgrade pricing to the App Store. That doesn’t benefit them. Subscriptions are part of Apple’s new Services business, whether the apps are Apple’s own or not.

iOS 13 and Swift 5 Programming eBook: $9

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal on the iOS 13 & Swift 5 Programming eBook, which is designed to be the ultimate beginner programming guide. Covering Swift programming basics, object-oriented programming, model view controller, iOS 13 development, and other frameworks, this book will have you build multiple apps on your own and publish it to the Apple App Store. It’s $9 through our deal.

Stay Up-to-Date with Apple's Newest Developments with 4 Courses on SwiftUI, Swift5 & iOS 13: $19

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal on the Complete iOS 13 and SwiftUI Developer Bundle, a package of tutorials and training material for developers. It includes the Complete iOS 13 Developer Course & SwiftUI, SwiftUI: Build Beautiful, Robust Apps, Swift 5 Programming for Beginners, and SwiftUI: Build Amazing Apps, Fast & Easy, with hundreds of lectures and 49 hours of content. This bundle is just $19 through our deal.