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Image by Leah Bailey
Posted 24 Sep 2018 | iOS, Android, Design, Featured

Accessibility First

Think of the last few times you’ve seen an accessibility ramp on a building. They sometimes seem like an afterthought don’t they? Why not build the ramp first and create a unified experience for those that have difficulty with stairs and those that don’t? Accessibility is beneficial to everyone. This theory applies to the design of all things. For those of us designing and building software there’s a term for this kind of thinking: universal design..

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Posted 26 Mar 2017 | iOS, Featured

How to Automate Swift Boilerplate Code with Sourcery

Swift has greatly improved the lives of iOS and macOS developers, but it’s missing features to automate away boilerplate code. That’s why I’m excited about a new project called Sourcery, which is a Swift code generation tool. Switching between our Android projects written in Java (or more recently, Kotlin) and iOS projects in Swift makes me sorely miss annotation processing. Annotations in Java can be used to generate common code and things that Swift developers would have to hand write.

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Posted 25 Mar 2017 | iOS, Android, Featured

Putting a Chat Bot with Amazon Lex in a mobile application

In December, Amazon announced Amazon Lex, and we’ve been excited about building an Amazon Lex chat-bot inside a mobile app ever since. I’ve even put together a quick tutorial below about how to let consumers talk to your mobile app by typing or voice. But let’s back up a few steps. First, what is Lex? It’s a new service inside the Amazon Web Services (AWS ) platform that allows developers to take advantage of the same features used by Amazon Alexa, the popular consumer device that lets people control everything from their lights to music with simple voice commands.

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Posted 25 Mar 2017 | iOS

Integrating Apply Pay on iOS

Back in the early 17th century, people in England stored their gold with the royal mint. But King Charles, needing funds, raided the gold in the royal mint as a “loan”. He took the gold along with the country’s pepper stock to fund the royal crown. A few years later he was executed for treason. After that incident, individuals began storing gold with goldsmiths. The goldsmiths had private, secured vault’s where individuals could feel confident about their golds safekeeping.

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