Become an iPhone or iPad App Developer with This New Guide by Rory Lewis

The iPhone is one of the hottest gadgets in today’s market and much of its success has been fueled by the App Store, Apple’s online marketplace for iPhone Applications. Billions of apps have been downloaded since the launch of the App store. To show new developers how to cash in on this growing market, author and computer guru Rory Lewis created “iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners, iOS 5 Edition” as a launch pad for beginners.

As a veteran programmer, Lewis uses plain English and practical examples in “iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners, iOS 5 Edition” to ensure that all beginners will feel comfortable learning the ins and outs of app development.

“iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners, iOS 5 Edition” provides simple, step-by-step instructions and easily understood examples for the novice developer. New developers will first learn how to set up their computers for iPhone and iPad development. Readers will then start the process by learning how to make small changes to existing applications to grow their knowledge. These beginning skills will form the basics of solid application development. With this hands-on guide, novice developers will be able to create their own simple apps and get them working immediately. Lewis also demonstrates how to create a personal style for each application so that it both looks good and users can easily navigate through it. Readers will also become familiar with how to use the iPhone touch screen and accelerometer. Best of all, they will receive shortcuts and cheat sheets to create apps the easy way.

Lewis’s advice is based on practical knowledge and hands-on experience. “iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners, iOS 5 Edition” cuts through the fog of jargon and misinformation that surrounds iPhone and iPad application development. This innovative resource provides links to videos that will enable the reader to follow along with the author as though they were in their own private classroom.

There are plenty of books out there about application development but most of them have been created for readers who have had some previous computer programming skills. “iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners, iOS 5 Edition” is the go-to guide for the novice developer. With Lewis’s step-by-step book, no prior knowledge is necessary to learn how to create a functional application that can one day be sold in the App Store.

BigCommerce Launches $2 Million Developer Fund

BigCommerce integrates with over 100 of the most popular applications you already use, making it easy to update your orders and inventory, retrieve product details, automate your marketing and much, much more. Their $2,000,000 integration fund was setup to contribute towards development costs for companies interested in building integrations or useful web/mobile/desktop applications that make use of the BigCommerce API.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone who would like to build an integration or web/mobile/desktop application that makes use of the BigCommerce API.

Your integration or application should make it easier for BigCommerce clients to run their businesses and/or help them attract more visitors, orders or repeat purchases.

How Much Will You Receive?

Distribution of their integration fund is based on the complexity and usefulness of your application or integration. NOTE: Funding is limited at $20,000 funded per project

How Can You Apply?

Developers interested in receiving a portion of our $2,000,000 integration fund should complete their application form. Funds will be determined on a project-by-project basis, based on how much of a positive impact your application or integration will have on BigCommerce clients.

For more information, visit the BigCommerce web site.

Ruby on Rails 3 Essential Training – Free Video Training Tutorials

In Ruby on Rails 3 Essential Training, instructor Kevin Skoglund shows how to create full-featured, object-oriented web applications with the latest version of the popular, open-source Ruby on Rails framework.

This course explains the complete process—from the fundamental concepts and best practices behind the Rails framework, to how to build a complete application with dynamic, database-driven content. Using a content management system as an example project, this tutorial explains how to structure databases, build database-driven, object-oriented models, route incoming requests, render pages with dynamic content, and to process and validate form data. Previous experience with Ruby is recommended, but not required. Topics include:

  • Using the exercise files
  • What is Ruby on Rails?
  • Why use Ruby on Rails?
  • Understanding MVC architecture
  • Terminal and Unix setup
  • RubyGems
  • Text Editor
  • Creating a project
  • File structure of a Rails application
  • Rendering templates
  • View templates
  • Instance variables

Along with the free video training tutorials you will also receive monthly offers, tips, and insider information you won’t hear elsewhere—including special discounts extended to newsletter subscribers.

Get your free video now! Launches Payments App, Mobile Payments SDK, a mobile commerce company founded by two former AdMob employees, Mike Mettler and Josh Bleecher Snyder, today announced their first consumer app: payments app allows anyone to accept a credit card payment simply by using the camera on their phone, with no extra hardware needed. The app experience is simple and clean: download the app (available for both iOS and Android), sign up with, hold a card up to the phone camera, and that’s it – there’s no swiping or typing. “Most consumers don’t have separate hardware to swipe a credit card, so we built this app for them” said Mike Mettler, founder of Mettler continued, “Whether you’re splitting the bill at lunch, paying a friend for gas on a ski trip, or buying a couch on craigslist, payments is the fastest, easiest, and most secure way to accept payment.” There are no setup or monthly charges, and you only pay fees on a successful purchase. Pricing is 3.5% plus $0.30 per transaction, and payouts can be made to PayPal or your bank account. is also announcing the availability of it’s Mobile Payments SDK for iOS and Android. Since the company previously launched a Scanning SDK for iOS in June and Android in September, over 160 apps have integrated with The company’s new offering, available for both platforms, allows developers to not just scan a credit card, but to process that card using’s one-stop payment solution. “Developers kept asking us to take more friction out of the payment process” said Mettler. “With our new SDK, you don’t need to worry about merchant accounts or payment gateways because the Mobile Payments SDK is a full-stack payments solution. Developers sign up with, download the SDK, and start monetizing.”

FusionCharts Releases Data-driven Gauges, Dials, Funnels and Widgets in JavaScript (HTML5)

FusionCharts has released FusionWidgets XT, the JavaScript (HTML5) version of FusionWidgets, making it easier for businesses to monitor KPI’s and other critical data. Now available in both JavaScript (HTML5) and Flash, it brings a seamless app experience across PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones and a majority of other mobile devices.

“Businesses today are constantly bombarded with an overwhelming amount of corporate data that needs to be transformed into actionable pieces of information that can facilitate insight and action. This is where effective dashboards play a vital role by enabling key decision makers to access and analyze key information, spot trends and act on it accordingly to take or influence decisions that help the overall success factors,” says Pallav Nadhani, co-founder and CEO of FusionCharts.

“Dashboards that display relevant and succinct information bridge the gap between corporate strategy and seamless execution. It is therefore imperative that the best in class data visualization aides are adhered to. More often than not, dashboards fail due to a lack of understanding, usage of run-of-the-mill tools and ineffective visualization methods.”

FusionWidgets XT is the perfect addition to executive dashboards, stock monitors, process monitoring applications and financial applications. It offers a wide variety of gauges and charts including dial charts, linear gauges, Gantt charts, funnel charts, sparklines and data-streaming column, line and area charts. Taking data in both XML and JSON data, it can be integrated with any server-side technology (ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, JSP, ColdFusion, Ruby on Rails etc.) and database.

FusionWidgets XT is a part of the FusionCharts Suite, but functions independently of the other products in the suite as well.
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