Author Archives: Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones

About Jerry Jones

Co-Founder of Spaceman Labs, Inc. Formerly of Mellmo, Inc. iOS Developer since 2007. You can find me on LinkedIn, Twitter, and doing backflips on jet skis.

Blocks: A Retain Ménage à Trois

This is a topic that I have considered writing about for some time now; in fact, I have a draft post from 2011, right after I finally decided to start using blocks. That post touched on a few areas of … Continue reading

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UICollectionView’s backgroundView property is horribly broken

I want to love UICollectionView, I really do. But it continues to give me reasons to complain about it instead. I was working on some iOS 7-ish UI in our yet-to-be-announced project and trying to use the backgroundView property of … Continue reading

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Bookshelf View Controller Transition For iOS 7

Update: View Controller transitions are terribly broken in landscape. I’d advise avoiding this if you need anything other than portrait transitions. Few will debate the divisiveness of the aesthetics of iOS 7, but what many seem to have only just … Continue reading

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How To Support Old iOS SDK’s in Xcode 5

OH NOES, APPLE REMOVED SUPPORT FOR IOS 6 IN XCODE 5 *FIST SHAKE* !!!! This is a sentiment I’ve seen a on twitter an awful lot in the last few days, and it’s not exactly accurate. The truth is, Apple … Continue reading

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SMPageControl, Meet UIAccessibility

A while back we introduced SMPageControl, our drop in replacement for UIPageControl with a slew of extra bells and whistles. It was surprisingly well received, and is by far the most popular bit of open source code we’ve released to … Continue reading

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SMPageControl: UIPageControl’s Fancy One-Upping Cousin

If you’ve ever spent any time at Dribbble, you know how much designers love to customize UIPageControl, normally in the form of custom spacing or fancy inset looking page dots. As a developer, you’re probably also keenly aware of the … Continue reading

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Sim Deploy

The iPhone Simulator is a big part of any iOS developer’s workflow, but running any apps in the simulator that weren’t put there by Xcode can be a major pain. Generally the simulator is considered a developers tool, so what’s … Continue reading

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Cancel dispatch_after

Joel and I have been working on a project recently that relies pretty heavily on the delayed execution of blocks. It became evident pretty quickly that we needed a way to cancel these blocks. We worked around the problem in … Continue reading

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Xcode Archives – What a Buncha Jerks

It’s been a little quiet around here lately, and if this post title hasn’t given it away, it’s because Joel and I have been pretty hard at work getting some products shipped. At the day job, the bossman is generally … Continue reading

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Mistakes Were Made: Description Isn’t Enough

It’s my turn to take a crack at a “Mistakes Were Made” post, and this one happens to be about my first post on this blog. If you didn’t happen to catch that one – it was a post about … Continue reading

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