New Krytan Machine for Guild Wars 2

-   Aug 14, 2012 -   Apps -  

For those not familiar, Guild Wars 2 is a new online game that is coming out the end of this month. It is a follow up to one of my favorite games and I'm really looking forward to it. One thing that caught my eye in the Guild Wars 2 preview was the new language that is used in places through out the game called New Krytan. I thought it would be fun to make a translator for this new langauge in the game so that I (and others) could easily translate. New Krytan Machine is that app. A simple interface to enter the New Krytan symbols for translation or enter English to convert to to New Krytan. There is an option to share these messages in New Krytan with friends and guildmates. While I was at it, I created a New Krytan Countdown to the Guild Wars 2 launch to celebrate the new game and this new app.

 Secret Coder is here

-   Aug 11, 2012 -   Apps -  

I'm really excited to announce that Secret Coder has finally been released in the App Store. It is my first universal app and actually, my first app in a while. I have a few more apps in the pipeline though and hopefully another app to announce later this month. You can read all the details about Secret Coder on the app's page. In this post, I'll share a little bit of the story of the app's creation. In the evenings this spring, I started reading my kids a book called Jigsaw Jones: The case of the runaway dog. Jigsaw is a detective (think Encylopedia Brown, but a lot more like a normal kid.) Since then, we've read most of the series and my kids love the codes that Jigsaw and his partner Mila send back and forth. One night, I wrote a quick program to create a coded message for them to figure out. Soon, I was making them frequently and was varying the program a bit to make different kinds of codes. Secret Coder is basically the same program, simplified for iOS with a detective notebook style interface. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family has enjoyed it.

 Philly Code Camp app and session

-   Apr 13, 2012 -   Apps, Events -  

On May 12th 2012, I'll be at Philly.NET Code Camp 2012.1. I'm giving a session on building iOS apps with C# and MonoTouch. In the session, we'll be building out a Code Camp app from scratch so I'm making the end result available for free today. It will give you a good idea of what we'll cover and give attendees a great tool for following the schedule, marking favorites, and keeping up to date. You can check out the Philly Code Camp app and stop by my session in May.