AWS SDK 2.2, iOS 9, Xcode 7 – Adventures in Learning

Well, it’s been three-and-a-half years, but I’ve finally got around to getting to a point of writing an iOS app. I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting to get a copy, though – it’s purely for my private use, to aid in monitoring and administering the IES project.

After doing enough tutorials and similar exercises to be comfortable in building the app and the UI, I got around to trying calls to the AWS infrastructure. This proved a bit more difficult than I anticipated – hence this aide-mémoire. This isn’t going to be useful for non-iOS developers, and I doubt it’s going to have anything new for more seasoned iOS developer; only iOS noobs like me need bother.

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Thoughts on the new Podcast app for iOS

Inspired by reading this article over at

While I don’t actually care about many of the features the author cares about (e.g. I prefer to do podcast discovery on my laptop), I do agree that the app feels clunky.

Update: Podcasts listened to using this app don’t get recognised as ‘played’ back in iTunes. Presumably that will get fixed with an iTunes update with iOS 6, but still… that’s the nail in the coffin for me. I won’t be using this app again until iOS6 is out proper.

Update the second: Heck, even after I manually updated the played status in iTunes, the Podcast app didn’t swap out the played episodes for unplayed. It did bring down new podcasts – but not new episodes.

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