Issue 4620 November 2019
by Lori M Olson
#OPED ‐ Our Unvarnished Opinion
WNDXlori left a Post-it® note on her desk saying “No preamble, at RubyConf!!” Now, there are two ways of looking at a note like that…simply pass that message along without editorial comment or…and this is tempting…let the monkeys who sit at these typewriters day-in-day-out try and come up with some Shakespeare all on their own. We wisely chose the former—this is a pretty good gig and we would want to mess it up. That said, WNDXlori will be back next week with a great big steamin’ pile of freshness straight out of RubyConf. The rest of the newsletter is also abbreviated a little, for much the same reason.
#AHOTW ‐ App Highlight of the Week
We didn’t have to go too far to find the #AHOTW this week: it’s from Derek Melchin who wrote the AR enabled app during a co-op term at the WNDX Group. The very clever SurvivAR was also featured at WNDXlori’s talk at RubyConf. Watch the video and you’ll have your fair share of “I wonder how the heck they did that?!” moments. Great news, it’s all here in the SurvivAR source code on GitHub.
#FITS ‐ Featured in the School
WNDXlori also used her talk at RubyConf to launch an all-new, free Getting Started tutorial. And as part of the bargain, there’s an easter egg right at the end. Spoiler alert: it’s a steep discount on RubyMotion Jumpstart. Plus we’re releasing all the code from WNDXlori’s well-received talk.
#DRSH ‐ Dragon Riders Slack Highlights
From the Dragon Riders Slack, some tasty miscellany: we quite often long for the days when deprecated meant something was so old nobody cared about it anymore. Apparently, that now includes Xcode 11.2 for goodness sake. Seems a little harsh, don’t you think? On a lighter, brighter note Amirannounces that Catalina is now a supported platform for RubyMotion so long as you remember this little fix.
#ANDROID ‐ Nothin’ but…
Like Android Fragments? So do we, but as reported by Amr Yousef and with apologies to Bobby Zimmerman “they are a-changin”. Check out Amr’s blog post to find out how.
#TWIL ‐ This Week I Learned
And you thought all that little green button up there in the top left of macOS windows did was…well…if you’re like us, we’re never really sure exactly what it does. Regardless, there’s an easy way to know your green button options—and, perhaps surprisingly, there’s more than one.
#HAHA ‐ And They All Laughed…
Twitter wag Foreign Film laments the toxic relationship with Xcode. Nothing is ever right, it seems. Don’t you love us anymore? We think the proposed solution is brilliant, though, and way cheaper than couples’ therapy.
That’s a Wrap!
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“Simply put, we believe augmented reality is going to change the way we use technology forever. We’re already seeing things that will transform the way you work, play, connect and learn.” —Tim Cook
More to the point: “we think AR apps will command a price premium.” —Wamsi Mohan
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