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OS X Lion RTM & GM

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OK, so Apple finally pushed the Lion seed as RTM, and yes, it's the same as the GM pushed to dev's a couple of weeks back. The MD5 is the same for the two files and it will most probably be marked as already installed in App Store if you've downloaded the GM release.

OS X Lion GM Seed

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Well, a clean install of the Lion GM seed and the results is in. Looks good, seems much more stable and much needed settings for stuff such as Mission control and Launch pad has arrived in System Preferences.

Lion is right now actually usable, it doesn't crash as often as it did in some of the dev previews. Still no crash on different hardware (iMac 2011, MacBook PRO Late 2010).

A lot of my standard apps behaves a bit flaky, such as Firefox, but Mozilla and the other's will hopefully fix this before the actual release.

Setting up and running MongoDB on OS X

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My latest fascination is MongoDB, a document oriented database that stores data in the JSON format. It's a fast and simple to use database. And it's even easier to set up. This short post documents the basic setup and configuration needed to use MongoDB on OS X.

mysql-for-obj-c - New Release

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OK, I've manage to spend some time with the MySQL connection framework for Obj-C and a new release have been made public.

This release will support standard query handling such as SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE. The result will be handled properly and you will be able to access it with column name and/or index etc... All the normal stuff one would expect.

mysql-for-obj-c - Current state

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The project is coming along great. We have the base functionality in place, tested and mostly working.

This weekend, I've planned to complete the STMT support for parametrized queries and start to write a little test application that uses the library to do some admin stuff as a proof of concept.

From what I've gathered from Tony, my partner in crime for this project, he's going to come up with a plan for the Core Data integration, I'm excited to see what he comes up with.

Obj-C and MySQL - Next generation

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I've just set up a google code project to host my next project, "MySQL for Obj-C". The project has only one simple goal.
* "Enabling Obj-C developers to easily and in a (natural or maybe native?) Obj-C way talk with MySQL servers."

This means niceties such as accessing data using built in types such as NSString, NSInteger NSDate etc. It will also incorporate Obj-C 2.0 garbage technology and fast enumeration. Later on Obj-C 2.1 features such as blocks will also be supported. More about the Obj-C 2.1 features later.

Xcode, Eclipse and Visual Studio.

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When developing on the Apple platform, one will get a free IDE and free developer tools. That's nice. No extra charge, just download and install from Apple.

But how good is the free IDE, Xcode. Well, I'm going to compare some basic features. I work most with Eclipse and Visual Studio .NET but now days I'm also using Obj-C and Cocoa targeting OS X, and yes, Xcode is the IDE of my choice.

Obj-C/Cocoa and embedded frameworks

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Apple is known to make things simple, right?
Well, as it turns out, they have definitely forgotten about developers, we don't get all the fancy helpers and nice applications (sexy applications) that we actually could get if Apple just put some effort in it. Look at Microsoft, they have been spending a lot of time making the developer tools they offer into a world class framework for developers around the world. Nothing even comes close to Visual studio for example.

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