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New iPhone Game Programming Tutorial Post On iCodeBlog

Well, it had taken me a while to slot in the time, but I finally finished part 2 of the iPhone Game Programming series iTennis on iCodeBlog.com . The game is shaping up to be pretty cool and I am really enjoying teaching about game programming.

I think that game programming is perfect for teaching people how to program a certain language. This is because games generally encompasses many aspects of programming (interface, logic, math, animation, AI, etc…). The only problem is, they take forever to code/teach. Here are the links for the iPhone Game Programming Tutorials Series:

Be sure to check them out. Let me know what you think. Also, hit me up if you have tutorial suggestions.

Blogging Practices – Frequency and Size of Posts

If you have ever had your own blog, you may have at one point been faced with a question. How often should I write a blog post and how long should each post be?

I have been thinking about this since I started blogging. It is a common thought that you must write a post every single day in order to increase/maintain traffic. But, is this really true? For busy people with families and lives (that aren’t blogging) might have a tough time writing a new content-rich post every single day.

So, would readers rather see less frequent but “better” blog posts or more frequent “weaker” blog posts? Or maybe even a combo of the two?

For example, what if between killer programming tutorials, I wrote short posts about my dog or response to popular articles. Would this benefit my readers or turn them off?

I don’t have a real solution to this but plan to employ some of these strategies while writing this blog. Hopefully, I will be able to draw some conclusions and share them. If you happen to stumble on this post on your journey through the interwebz, please feel free to comment and shed some light on this for me.

The Focus Of This Blog

The purpose of this blog will be primarily to share my programming knowledge through coding tutorials.

I will be writing tutorials based on the programming language that I am currently excited about. These will be anywhere from objective-c to ruby on rails to .NET. Whatever strikes my fancy.

Along the road, I will also be sharing my art (photo and drawing) as well as anything else I find interesting.

So just sit back and enjoy the magic of code!

iPhone App: Buzzword Submitted to the App Store

I have just submitted an iPhone app that I have been developing in my free time. The app is called Buzzword. It’s basically a game similar to the game catchphrase. So wherever you go, you and your friends can bust out a game of Buzzword…

Here are some screenshots:</p>

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Once approved, Buzzword will only cost a buck. I’m not kidding, it will probably be the best dollar you have spent and will spend in your entire life. Stay tuned, I’ll be giving out promo codes to people at random…

How to Connect Facebook To Twitter

With the growing popularity of both Twitter and Facebook, one could obviously see a need to link them together. Whether you primarily use Twitter or Facebook, this tutorial will show you step by step, how to update your Facebook status by posting to your Twitter account.

So, how can you update your Facebook status with a text message? Well, Twitter offers this great functionality that allows you to post a “Tweet” via text message. If you combine this with the Twitter app that Facebook offers, you can now update your Facebook and Twitter status simultaneously with one text message (no internet required).

What you will need:

  • Twitter Account
  • Facebook Account
  • Cell Phone Capable of Sending Text Messages

Signing Up For Twitter

The first step is to sign up for a Twitter account if you don’t already have one. Head on over to http://twitter.com/signup.

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Setting Up Text Message Updates On Twitter

You first need to tell Twitter that you want to post from your phone. Start by clicking on Settings in the top right corner of your Twitter page.

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Now, select the Devices tab

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Enter in your phone number with a “+” in front of it, followed by the country code. So for US phone numbers, it’s +1… Look at the image below for an example.</p>

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Twitter will then send your phone a text message containing a unique code. Once you get it, enter it in the box. Now you are able to update your Twitter status by sending a text message to 40404. Whatever you send to this number will be posted to Twitter.

Connecting Facebook to Twitter

Now, you simply need to install the Twitter application on your Facebook account. Log in to Facebook and go to Twitter’s application. You can find it by clicking here or searching for “Twitter” in the search bar. Once on Twitter’s page click “Go to Application”

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It will ask you if you want to allow access to the Twitter application on Facebook. Click “Allow”

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Now it will ask you to enter your Twitter user name and password. Enter it in and click “Log In”

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Now, click on “Allow Twitter To Update Your Facebook Status”

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The next screen will confirm. Click “Allow” and you are good to go!</p>

There you have it! It sounds a little complicated, but trust me, updating your Facebook status via text message is very handy. You don’t even have to look at your Twitter account every again (although you should because Twitter is rad). If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments section of this post.