Houston Techfest coming this weekend

This coming Saturday, September 28, will be the Houston Techfest.  This is annual conference that is free to attend and seems to grow larger and better each year.

The conference will be at Reliant Center and has many great talks on the schedule. I did not have the time this year to submit a talk but I will be sitting on the Business of Software discussion panel during lunch.

I have never been disappointed with the selection of talks at Techfest so you should come out if you are in the Houston area and have some free time this Saturday.

Presentation Slides and Code from October iPhone Dev Meetup

As promised, here are the slides and code that I used in last night’s presentation on Core Data.

Thanks to everyone who attended my talk. I thought the Q&A and conversation made the presentation much better than just me standing and talking to the room (although it also made the presentation go longer than I had planned).

Anyone in the Houston area doing iOS work that is not taking advantage of this great meetup is missing out.

Slides and Code

Check over your model when mogenerator isn’t working

This is not a very lengthly post but it might help someone out. I like to use mogenerator and Xmo’d to generate my core data model classes rather than using the standard code generator included in xcode.

Usually everything works beautifully with my classes generating as expected when I save my data model. However, I have run into two cases where the old classes are removed but the new classes are never generated. When this happens, looking at the crash in console.app won’t be of much help because the location of the crash in the mogenerator source simply states that the model failed to load with no reason given.

Both of the causes were errors on my part. The first being I added an attribute to an entity but did not assign a type to it. The second being I apparently added an entity that had some sort of name collision. The entity in question was named “List” and when I renamed it to “DSList”, the model classes generated without an issue.

Hopefully this will save someone time and give them an idea of what to look for.

Creating a Versioned Core Data Model Under Subversion

Recently, I tried to create a versioned data model for an application I had created earlier this year and had some issues with Subversion not being able to commit the changes.

When xcode creates a new versioned data model, the existing data model essentially gets moved into a .zip file format consisting of the current version (named the same as the un-versioned model) and any older versions that might be there named with sequential numbers appended to the name (only 1 in the beginning).

The problem with svn occurs because apparently the svn integration in xcode 3.2.x doesn’t perform a move into the .zip. Therefore, when you try to commit the code, svn will complain that the new data model within the .zip has the same name as an already existing file.

The workaround I implemented is to go to finder and duplicate the model before versioning it. Then switch back to xcode and create the versioned data model. Afterwards, rename the duplicated file back to the original data model file name. If you look at the file system in finder, you should see both the newly created version data model and the old data model.

Now expand the versioned data model and delete the file of the same the name as the original data model inside. Afterwards perform an svn move of the un-versioned data model to inside the versioned data model. Now you can commit the changes without an issue and everything will work fine.

Hopefully xcode 4 will fix this because it caused me a little pain before I figured out how to workaround the issue.

Speaking at Houston iPhone Developer Meetup Oct 26

I will be speaking at the next Houston iPhone Developer Meetup. I will be using almost the same slides as I did for the Core Data presentation at the Houston Techfest this past Saturday but I will have a little more time to present and the Q&A that goes on during the presentations is often the best part.

If you are in Houston, this is a great way to meet other iOS developers. We are fortunate in Houston, there are usually several individuals in attendance who have presented talks at national and regional conferences.

Presentation Slides from Houston Techfest 2010

As promised, here are the presentation slides (keynote) and the code from the presentation I gave today at the Houston Techfest. Thanks to everyone who attended my talk.

Techfest2010_Core_Data.zip

Alt.Net Houston Open Spaces 2010

Ben Scheirman is organizing a conference for the Alt.Net community in Houston and I have heard great things about it in the past so I am planning to attend this year.

The conference is organized in the Open Spaces format. For those who have not attended a conference like this before, the idea is simple. None of the sessions (or very few) are officially scheduled in advance. Generally the first day, in this case Friday evening, the group gets together and plans the schedule based on ideas generated from the group and those who volunteer to speak/lead a session. The sessions are generally very good and highly interactive.

The cost is $20 but that includes pre-conference sessions on Friday April 30, a full day of sessions on Saturday, and a few sessions on Sunday with breakfast and coffee included. Check out the conference website to register and hopefully I will see you there.

Slides and Code from the iPhone DevCamp Core Data Presentation

I’m quite tardy in posting this so I apologize. Here is the code and slides from the presentation I did on Core Data at the Houston iPhone DevCamp on Jan 30. Thanks to everyone that attended.

Sample Code

Presentation Slides

How do I get a Core Data SQLite datastore off of a test device?

This was a question asked at the last NSCoder night. I didn’t realize the answer was so easy so I thought I would share it here in case others might not know. Just so appropriate credit is given, Ashley Clark was the one who pointed this out to us.

Go to the XCode Organizer while your device is attached and select your device in the left column. The bottom right panel will display a list of applications installed on the device. Scroll to your app. Because the app is installed using a testing profile it should have an arrow to the left than can be expanded. After expanding it, you should see the Application Data directory with an arrow pointing down to the right of the name. Selecting that arrow will give you a prompt to specify a location for that Application Data directory to be saved to your development machine.

The Application Data directory will contain your SQLite store under the Documents folder in addition to preferences, temp data, and anything else stored in the Application Data directory for the app.

Houston iPhone DevCamp

The Houston iPhone DevCamp is going to be held the weekend of January 30-31 in the space next door to CoffeeGroundz. There will be a total of 12 talks during the day Saturday with a happy hour at the end of the day to celebrate the 1st year of the Houston iPhone Developer Meetup.

Starting Saturday evening and going through the night until mid-Sunday morning, there is an iPhone App Jam scheduled. The idea is to develop a complete iPhone app overnight and present what you have developed the next morning. I will be participating and I know of several others that plan on it as well. Don’t be discouraged if you are a newbie to iPhone development as several of the talks will be introductory to help you get started (there will also be advanced talks for those who have been at it a while).

I’ll be giving an introductory talk on Core Data but there will always be two talks going at the same time so you have the opportunity to not have to listen to me if that doesn’t sound attractive. You can sign up on the DevCamp site so I hope to see you there!

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