iOS Beginners: How to Create a Simple Table View App

Using a Table View is a quick and easy way to setup a great-looking, albeit simple, form in iOS. Table views provide a fair amount of free functionality including styling, titles, section groupings and scrolling behaviour.

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a simple form using a static table view.

Overview

We will build a mock application to track a patient’s pain levels while in hospital. The user will enter details into our application and press submit to send the details to their doctor (we won’t be implementing any comms). The user is then shown a confirmation screen.

My iOS7 Beta Deactivation Journey

I have been enjoying iOS7 beta since the WWDC back in June. While I planned to update to the official version, the last beta release was pretty stable so I didn’t feel any particular urgency.

I figured I would do it soon and if I didn’t, apple would prompt (or even force) me to update over-the-air.  What I did not expect was to find my device deactivated. Thanks Apple.

This post outlines the steps I took to get my phone working again. Continue reading

iOS Seven Beta has Expired and that’s Bad News for those Still Using It

ios7beta_1_activation_requiredFor the brave souls out there who trialled iOS seven beta and haven’t yet updated to the official release, today is a bad day. The beta has just expired and Apple has deactivated devices still using it.

Unfortunately, following device prompts to activate does not currently work. If you had Find my iPhone switched on you may struggle to restore without doing a complete device wipe first.

Android Core Action Bar Icons

The core icons below are packaged with android and can be accessed like any other drawable, via the android namespace.

To use:

<menu xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" >
<item android:id="@+id/menu_play"
      android:icon="@android:drawable/ic_media_play"
      android:title="@string/menu_play"/>
</menu>

Android Action Bar Icon Pack

These Action Bar icons are freely available in Google’s Android Icon Pack.

DevBytes: Intro to ActionBarCompat Support Library

Video

Google has extended Action Bar support for older devices (as early as Android 2.1) via support library 18.

This video provides an overview of how to update your existing app to use the new Action Bar apis and take full advantage of the Action Bar on older devices.

Those of you who have been using the 3rd party library ActionBarSherlock to date will notice that a similar approach has been used by google.