iPhone development on PPC

I’m off to WWDC in a couple of weeks (via Milwaukee) and travelling with my trusting Powerbook 12″ which is still a great airline machine.

A large part of the reason for getting back into Cocoa and attending WWDC is wanting to do some iPhone development but I didn’t expect to be able to do that until back in Perth.

After a few searches for others in like circumstances, Alex Blewitt came to the rescue with a neat script that made installing the iPhone dev kit on PPC a smooth experience, thanks Alex.

Is DOT too hard for Normal Users?

I’ve been a huge fan of AT&T’s GraphViz graph-generating language for years.  I use it Doxygen with the automatically-generated class and collaboration diagrams as well as many casual diagrams I specify for workflow. I love the way I can quickly enter some text and have a diagram appear with automatic layout as I change the content. The plain text of DOT files also works very well with version-control, allowing me to very easily see what changed on complex diagrams from between releases, instead of eyeballing binary pictures.

In a discussion on the Instaviz (GraphViz for iPhone) users list, a question came up about similar usability for desktop users.

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Succumbing to Touch

I suppose it was inevitable. Combine a desire to write games with obsession with user interface design with small gadgets with gestural interfaces with needing excuse to refresh my Cocoa skills… my new distraction is a refurbished 16GB iPod Touch.

I don’t want or need an iPhone. Despite its warts, I’m happier with my smaller Symbian with its external keyboard support and really great voice recognition. However, I couldn’t resist the temptation to get my hands on the device. There was just too much great UI experience out there I wasn’t participating in! I’ve also been tempted by rumours of a forthcoming larger touch – a true Apple Tablet and want some key software at least in alpha form before it arrives, to pick up on the wave.

A note on purchasing older machines in Australia – I started out looking for an 8GB 1st gen Touch on eBay, wanting a 1st gen for compatibility and performance testing as well as cheapness. Thanks to a mate on MacGeeks, I was directed to the Apple Store – you can buy a refurb about $20 cheaper than your average eBay offering and it comes with new battery and earbuds.