updated 08:15 pm EST, Thu January 31, 2008
Ruby on Rails boot camp
In brief: A book on iPhone binary development has made its debut, a new gaming site for users with disabilities is available, Big Nerd Ranch has announced plans for a Ruby on Rails boot camp, and Apple introduces 30 Coding Head Starts ... iPhone Open Application Development is a new title designed to teach users how to write Native Objective-C Applications for the iPhone. Zdziarski, the developer of the first fully functional application using the open iPhone toolkit, explains how to create applications using Objective-C and the iPhone API, which in some ways resembles Apple's desktop API and in other ways strikes new ground. The book covers installation of the toolkits and background on the operating system and Objective-C. Graphics and audio programming, the CoreImage and CoreSurfaces interfaces for games programming, interfacing with iTunes, and the use of sensors are all covered.
Gaming site for users with disabilities
AssistiveWare announced a new web site about gaming on Mac OS X. This new site is created by and for Mac users with disabilities and provides information on how people with physical disabilities can enjoy the latest and greatest games on Mac OS X. The site has three main sections: (1) Feature articles about general gaming topics; (2) Reviews discussing individual games; (3) Short descriptions of games with a special focus on their accessibility.
Ruby on Rails boot camp
Big Nerd Ranch Europe has announced its Ruby on Rails Bootcamp taught by Charles Brian Quinn is coming back to the monastery "Kloster Eberbach" near Frankfurt, Germany, April 7-11, 2008. The intensive five-day class has been completely revamped for Rails 2.0. The updated class takes advantage of many of the new Rails 2.0 features including REST, MultiView, ATOM, ActiveSupport, and more. Charles B. Quinn taps his extensive background developing and deploying large-scale database-driven web applications for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies as a partner at Highgroove Studios (a consulting firm specializing in Ruby on Rails development) to create an exhaustive and context-laden syllabus in Ruby on Rails training.
Apple Introduces 30 Coding Head Starts
Architosh reports that Apple is reaching out to developers with more than 30 Coding Headstarts. This series of instructional materials includes intro videos, step-by-step lesson guides and sample Xcode projects. The goal is to learn now to create new and compelling features in your application using technologies found only in Mac OS X Leopard, Apple's latest Mac operating system. The latest 10 new Coding Headstarts added to the series include: Cocoa Controls; Previewing Documents with Quick Look; Writing a Spotlight Importer