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Almost the end of 2011 and I really wanted to say thanks for all the amazing feedback since this little email started (and of course for staying subscribed). I am going to taking a short break next week so this will be the last iOS Dev Weekly of 2011 but don't fret as it will be back nice and fresh for your inbox on the first Friday of 2012. But before that, this week's links!
This week is a bit of a special one for iOS Dev Weekly, on Monday this list tipped over 10,000 subscribers. I couldn't have imagined it ever growing to these kind of numbers when I first started it so thank you all for staying subscribed, spreading the word and as always thanks to everyone in this community who produces such amazing content for me to link to every week. Here's to the next 10,000.
I got all excited for the October 16th event yesterday with the talk about Apple TV partnerships. Turns out the partnership only extended as far as bundling an Apple TV alongside a Phillips TV 😆. It's still possible that we'll see Apple's hobby project come up on stage next week alongside the new iPad and Mac models but I don't expect to see any actual TV hardware if it does, just the little black box.
Is everyone ready to submit their Watch apps? I'd expect to be able to put them in for review early next week after the event on Monday. Good luck if you're aiming for day one!
Talking of Apple events, if you're planning to be in San Francisco (ticket or no ticket!) during WWDC week and you would like to give a talk at AltConf this year, they have a call for speakers open now.
You might ask what this article is doing in iOS Dev Weekly but I think this is big news. There are an enormous amount of .NET developers out there and the next version of Visual Studio will have built in support for downloading Xamarin to enable "native" iOS development out of the box. Also, as part of the same announcement it was interesting to see Microsoft open source the .NET framework, including taking contributions. Truly, times have changed.
Michael Lopp on the mindset and skills needed for working in QA. Dedicated QA teams may be less common these days, but it's more important than ever as bugs are much more likely to have serious consequences. Often our data is only a WHERE clause away from the next customer's instead of locked up securely in our disconnected Windows 95 PC. Such a great post, you really shouldn't skip this one.
Even though it was announced at WWDC, I'd completely missed the fact that supporting IPv6 will be a requirement come the beginning of next year. Luckily, it's probably not going to be a huge deal for most apps. The short version is to make sure you're using NSURLSession and friends instead of the older APIs, and don't hardcode any IPv4 addresses. There's more information, including details on how to easily test with an IPv6 network, in the first half of this WWDC video.
With all the excitement of new platforms and iOS features, it's easy to forget that there's apps to ship this week. The release date has been set for the 16th, but it's not possible to submit apps yet and let's not even talk about TestFlight anymore! It must happen over the next couple of days though so be ready. In the mean time, why not go through this checklist by Denys Zhadanov and make sure you've got everything covered.
We're getting close to the end of the year and for once I'm actually going to take a proper break and wind down a week earlier than usual! I usually take one week off each new year but I'm going to extend that this year and take next week off as well.
So enjoy the links this week, have happy holidays and I'll see you bright and fresh in 2017! I'll be back in your inboxes on the 6th January. ❄️