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Adam Kirk

Calvetica 4.3

Because of the iOS 5 only features we want to add, and also the iOS 5 SDK changes to view controllers that Dan pointed out, we’re going to make Calv 4.3 iOS 5 only. We’re getting rid of support for iOS 4. It’s been long enough since 5 was released and there is no way we’re going to clutter our code with hacks so that the view controllers work correctly on 4 and 5.

Textmate 2.0 looks awesome

http://blog.macromates.com/

Favorite thing so far: the new file browser. Very clean, cool shortcut buttons and you can drag and drop to move files…very nice.

background execution and main thread

If you perform a task on a thread in the background (after the app has gone inactive) and then add an execution block to the main threads queue, while still in the background, it will not start executing until the app becomes active again.

This is why I cannot completely reload dialvetica as the app goes inactive, I can only do the background processing part, the table has to be reloaded when the app becomes active.

Kickoff App

We’re switching from Flow to Kickoff as our task manager.

Flow pros: - Super cool and easy task addition - Web app, mac app and iOS app (all are very nicely built) - Pretty darn good UI - Not buggy at all - notifications are awesome and very informative. You never miss anything.

Flow cons: - tags are private to individual users (WTF???) - how you organize lists into folders is private to users (W….T…F…!!!!!!!!) - Managing all the fine grained permissions is a freaking PAIN for small teams where we’d rather everyone just have access to everything. - PRICEY!!!

Kickoff pros: - The mac app is fully featured and fast - Super simple tasks, easy to add tasks - No complex permissions - Quite affordable - AWESOME meeting room chat. SO FREAKING USEFUL. - fixes pretty much everything we hate about

Kickoff cons: - no tags on tasks - a little buggy. When I want to see one users tasks across all lists, it doesn’t work. Among other little things. - The dashboard doesn’t show when people leave comments so no one notices

Overall, we like the simplicity of Kickoff more and we’ve emailed them and they say they are gonna remove the cons I’ve listed, so we’re super excited about it.

Cucumber

No one has made a good testing tool for purely json api based rails apps. I’ve looked into using the baked in rails testing, RSpec and cucumber, but they all suck and are cumbersome. Gonna have to roll our own. Watch for the gem.