is now on the App Store!

January 12th, 2009

Apple finally approved my game! Go here to get it!

-Joe is complete and submitted to Apple!

January 5th, 2009

I wanted to wait until it was actually on the store, honest I did, but I’m pretty excited about this game. :)

It’s a port of the classic aim-and-shoot explosives-and-spikes game with an iPhone-ish feel to it. It will debut for 99 cents on the App Store, hopefully sometime next week. Anyways, here’s the video demo:

Let me know what you guys think! I actually set up a blog just to record my progress on the app, you can get to it over at

More to come as always,
- Joe

How to write an XML parser app with the SDK

October 21st, 2008
One of the easiest apps to write is one that simply pulls data from the web, thanks to how Apple set up their frameworks. In this post I’m going to walk you through fetching and parsing an XML file from the web in the iPhone SDK. What we want to make is something like this:

NSURL → Parser.m → NSDictionary

Let’s start off with an example URL. For this blog post, I’m going to create an app that searches for gas stations near a zip code. I’ll be using Yahoo’s Local Search API, a very handy little framework that spits back local business results when given a zip code (or GPS coordinates, ;) ).
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Chuck Norris Contacted Us

October 16th, 2008
Well, sorta.

I’ll try to hold off on jokes till the end…

I got this email from Chuck Norris’s legal team. Apparently there was an app on the iTMS that violated his copyright or something. Check it out:
From: “Lodge, Deborah” Subject: Unauthorized Use of “Chuck Norris” Date: Wed, October 15, 2008 6:36 pm To: joe at Dear Joe: We are lawyers for Carlos Ray Norris, a/k/a Chuck Norris, the famous actor. Please see the annexed letter regarding the unauthorized use of Mr. Norris’s trademark and publicity rights on certain software available through the website — specifically the software trivia game “Are You Tougher Than Chuck Norris”. I look forward to your prompt response. Sincerely, Deborah Lodge

Anyways, I deleted the app from our listings for her and went on my way. They were nice enough people. I’m only posting this because I figured you guys would get a kick out of it.

A roundhouse kick
- Joe

SlayerStats Brings Halo 3 Stats to iTMS

October 16th, 2008
A week ago I ported Halo3X to the iPhone (it was pretty easy, I just had to swap out the interface really), and uploaded it to the app store for $0.99/download. Now you can finally view Halo 3 Stats on your iPhone! Probably the most useful feature (one that would probably go unnoticed) is that the app caches the last gamertag - so you can close the app and reopen it.

You can view more details/download the app here.

Screenshot after the break.

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