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April 2010


Embedding a Movie on iPad

by Eric T Freeman, Daniel H Steinberg

The iPad comes with a bunch of new programming APIs, designed to support its revolutionary new interface. Here’s a look at just one—the ability to embed movies into your application.

The Red Dirt Interview

interviewed by Michael Swaine

Far out in the remote red dirt country of Oklahoma—well, actually it’s in Oklahoma City—it’s the Red Dirt Ruby Conference, a unique experience in professional education and networking.

When Did That Happen?

by Dan Wohlbruck

Dan’s got printer’s ink in his blood. This April he tells the story of printing that began in April, 1863.

A Troubleshooter’s Tale

by Mike Hostetler

Sometimes fixing the problem is the last thing you should do.

Medicine Making Music

by Brian Tarbox

In “And Your Bugs Can Sing” in September’s PragPub, Brian wrote about turning your log files into music. But what if the bugs you’re looking for are the kind that make you sick?

Tangled Up in Tools

by Mike Taylor

Surely “Just learn these 57 classes” is not the re-use we were promised?


Up Front

by Michael Swaine

iPad programming, career advice, troubleshooting tips, and more.

Choice Bits

We thought you might like to know...

The Working Geek

by Andy Lester

Andy spends a day helping people who want to get or keep a job, shares what he taught and what he learned.

Swaine’s World

by Michael Swaine

Mike chats with Thom Hogan about developing Tycho TableMaker and how it was back in the day.

The Quiz

by Michael Swaine

A monthly diversion at least peripherally related to programming.


Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.

Shady Illuminations

by John Shade

In which John contemplates the asymptote of the austere aesthetics of Steve Jobs.

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