Looks like summer is a great time for weekends. If I think back, I think I have had the most fun on summer weekends.
The iOSDevCamp is the one weekend I look forward to every year. I meet a few like minded people, and usually I learn something new.
Among the many new things I learned because I went there last weekend, the most wonderful feeling was when I figured out how to create a gradient in Gimp! I have always had a hard time understanding gradients and translucent layers. A couple of minutes with Nor, and I learned how to draw a gradient. Some time later he showed me how to create a radial gradient.
Every year, I meet at least one very helpful person. This year it was Wes Edling. He helped our team a lot. Among other things he showed me how to make a layer translucent. That was awesome!
We built a cool ‘Lost and Found’ app. I would describe it, but one of my team mates (and former colleagues at IBM) already blogged about it here. So you can read the details there. Sohel pitched the idea on Friday night. I met with him and we decided to do the app – just the two of us since no one else seemed intersted. In the morning, I ran into Sophia in the hallway and asked her what project she was on. “I’m looking for the ‘Lost and Found’ guy,” she said. Now we had three! Then she brought Nor who is an all rounder – he can code, he can draw, and make a music app! We ended up with 6 people on the team including Wes and Svetlana.
I integrated the PayPal API into our app. After doing it so many times, it is now pretty easy for me. The complexity is only in the customer’s business use case. As always I met Sudha Jamthe (@sujamthe) of PayPal, who always tells everyone the story about how I created an awesome iPad app at last year’s iPadDevCamp. She introduced me to Rhonda at Magneto and Matthew Mengerink (@mengerin) – the big boss of x.commerce. He recommended me to look into Magneto. It is a PHP based e-Commerce platform. For some reason, in the last two months the word ‘e-commerce’ has been hounding me. It must be a sign.
Sophia introduced me to launchrock.com. This can apparently be used to sign up people on your landing page before launching the app. I have signed up for a login, but it now wants me to have three more people sign up. Kinda like G+. Update: I have got a login now. I will check it out and use it to launch BucketApp.
OSX Lion is out today. They call it the new King of the Desktop. . I will be downloading that tonight!