Blackbird! – A Game for Rook fans on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

by dontangg on October 30, 2012

* I am not affiliated with Hasbro!

It has been a month now since my iOS card game app based on Rook, Blackbird, has been approved in the App Store. It has been a blast! It is definitely the funnest project that I have worked on. I think that is mainly due to the fact that I did it all myself and the App Store is a big market. Well, I can’t really say that because I’ve had lots of input and help with testing from friends and family – mostly my dad who is a big Rook fan. I thought I’d just write up a quick post on some things I’ve learned, and throw in some app statistics.

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How to Setup Reactive Cocoa (RAC) for Use in Your iOS App

by dontangg on June 28, 2012

I am writing an iOS app and I found GitHub’s Reactive Cocoa very helpful.

There isn’t any documentation on the ReactiveCocoa README on how to install it and there are many ways. I tried CocoaPods but it added and changed a whole bunch of stuff. It made me uncomfortable, and I’m the kind of person that likes to know exactly what’s going on, so I decided to do it on my own. I did it the same way the RACiOSDemo project was setup.

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Deploying A Rails App To Rackspace Cloud Servers On Ubuntu Using Nginx and Unicorn

by dontangg on April 4, 2012

I recently setup a Rails server on Ubuntu using Nginx and Unicorn and a database running on the same server using Postgres. I also used rbenv and ruby-build for ruby. I had to look up a lot of information to get this all working. I just wanted to consolidate everything I did into one place. Hopefully, all this can help someone else.

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A Simple Site To Automate Sending Texts/Emails

by dontangg on March 15, 2012

I’m often thinking about things that I could code up that would make tasks simpler.  Generally, that means that I spend a lot of time up front to write a tool that automates a task.  Then, I slowly get that time back over time using the tool.  But, it’s fun anyways. So, this is what I decided to automate. Read the rest of this entry »

Constructing A Less Than Simple Query With Rails And ARel

by dontangg on November 27, 2011

I say the query is less than simple because it’s not really complicated either.  In my little application, I really only have one query that is like this and this is the one.  This is the query that I wanted to run:

SELECT "envelopes".*, COALESCE(SUM("transactions"."amount"), 0) AS total_amount
FROM "envelopes" LEFT OUTER JOIN "transactions" ON "envelopes"."id" = "transactions"."envelope_id"
WHERE "envelopes"."user_id" = 3
GROUP BY "envelopes"."id", "envelopes"."name", "envelopes"."user_id", "envelopes"."income", "envelopes"."unassigned", "envelopes"."parent_envelope_id", "envelopes"."expense", "envelopes"."created_at", "envelopes"."updated_at"
ORDER BY "envelopes"."name"

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