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Normally in this blog I write about technical topics and different coding challenges that I have run into in my career.  Today however, I wanted to switch it up a bit and write a user review on the new Apple Watch, Series 3.  The reason being is that I have been so pleased with my experience thus far that I wanted to write an article to share a list of all the features I am really enjoying.  Features such as Health and Activity, Performance, and Siri.  Along with the features that I am enjoying I also wanted to provide a wish list for future improvements on the Apple watch, such as sleep tr

In my opinion one of the most overlooked features of the Xcode SDK is the ability to test UI input using XCTestCases.  Testing UI input throughout the lifecycle of your application can be beneficial for a multitude of reasons.  First, UI testing allows a developer to validate that given a specific set of input, the output is that the user interface will exist in a specific state.  Testing user interface output provides value because this allows a developer to test such states as loading data over the network or possib

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to test the networking functionality on your iOS or macOS app over a period of time to see how it reacts?  Have you ever found yourself questioning whether or not network conditions during a specific time of day would play an impact on your application's performance or whether it was all just a coincidence?  Well, I recently have, and these are real questions that I found myself trying to test and answer with measurable consistent results.  Measurable results that will allow me to make the most informed decisions possible on my ne

Recently I was in a situation where I needed to convert hexadecimal data into ASCII text data and I had to pause because I needed to remember how this was done in a low level environment and it was escaping me off the top of my head.  I was working close to the metal in a Darwin environment so I had C at my disposal, but I could not for the life of me remember the conversion from hexadecimal to ASCII for a stream of data like 0x6a, 0xdc.  So that is the goal for this post, to describe my thought process on how I worked this conversion out and to validate this conversion was correct by writi