This year I was lucky enough that Trekk, the company I work for, sent me An Event Apart, San Francisco. Participating in day one of the presentations thus far I can honestly say that I have a new enlightened understanding of how important specific design features are to the development cycle - that I often in the past took for-granted. Some of these features that I now have a deeper appreciation for are Typography and UX strategies and how they relate to the success of your service.
Google is expanding it's outreach for their Glass platform to the community by providing more and more accessibility through their explorer program. Google now offers access to the Glass Explorer Program without having to go to Google and pick up the glasses personally. Trekk, my employer, saw this as an opportunity to get involved in shaping the way augmented reality is experienced on Glassware by ordering a pair and getting our technical department involved right away.
I ran into a strange problem the other day while I was working. I was developing a iPad photo application that included the functionality of selecting photos from your camera roll and taking images from the device's camera. I first developed the functionality to pull up the camera, take a photo, and save it to a UIImageView in the ViewController, this worked great and I did not think anything was up. However, when I developed the functionality to pull up the camera roll and select a photo to assign to the UImageView, the app kept crashing with a strange error I'd never seen before.
Microsoft’s latest release of Visual Studio 2013 Preview has many developers puzzled as to why there is already an update to their developing platform, Visual Studio 2012, which was released back in late August of 2012. Microsoft is saying, “there has been a fundamental shift to device and services experiences altering how the industry approaches software development,” which I highly agree with. Software developers need the latest tools to support the latest environments. The web, our mobile platforms, and our desktop experiences are ever changing.