Steve Smith

Using Cocoapods to Manage Private Libraries

Introduction Cocoapods ( is a dependency management framework for XCode. It allows you to declaratively define project dependencies and have them included in the build of your project. It’s like Apache Maven or Ruby Gems for XCode. There are many tutorials on getting started with Cocoapods, so in this blog post I will present a … Read More

Securing Data in iOS

There are numerous ways to secure data that you are storing on an iOS device. The Simple/Built-in Way The simplest way is to take advantage of the iOS Data Protection (iOS 4+). This can be accomplished by setting an attribute on a file like this: [[NSFileManager defaultManager] createFileAtPath:[self filePath] contents:[@”super secret file contents” dataUsingEncoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding] attributes:[NSDictionary … Read More

Using jQueryMobile and Backbone.js for handling forms

Introduction In this post, I continue the development of my basic “exercise app” that I started (and enhanced) in these posts: Intro to Backbone with jQuery Mobile Sorting Collections with Backbone.js and jQuery Mobile From a List to a Details View using jQuery Mobile and Backbone.js Let’s add the ability to create and edit exercise … Read More

From a List to a Details View using jQueryMobile and Backbone.js

In my previous post I built a basic application to demonstrate the use of Backbone.js with jQueryMobile (JQM). The introduction can be found here, with a brief subsequent post on sorting collections here. In this post, I would like to add the capability to view the details of the items presented in the list view. … Read More

Sorting collections with Backbone.js and jQuery Mobile

In a previous post, I provided a simple example of rendering an HTML list view using Backbone.js and jQuery Mobile. The code from that example ended up rendering a list like this: Notice that the list is presented in the order that came from the JSON. Also, when items are added to the list, they … Read More

Introduction to Backbone.js with jQuery Mobile

If you are working on a JavaScript heavy application (think jQuery Mobile, etc.), you probably will want to look at some JavaScript libraries to help add structure, consistency and convenience to your applications. One of the JavaScript libraries I’ve used lately is Backbone.js. To quote Backbone themselves, it provides “models with key-value binding and custom … Read More

Developing the ETE Conference iPhone Application

As you probably know, Chariot is hosting its annual ETE conference this April. This year we’ve added mobile device support for obtaining all the conference information an attendee would need. This included a mobile browser friendly web site, and both iPhone and Android native applications. I had the pleasure of working on the iPhone application … Read More