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iconwrite You should NOT require iOS 7 for an existing app yet

12月 07, 2013, 20:24

As I write these lines, iOS7's share is above 70%. And I feel about 30% more stupid because I made a sizeable mistake.

Supporting both iOS 6 and iOS 7 is a pain in the ass. I won't go into detail here on why since if you care ...


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22 comments | By Santiago Lema
iconwrite Android fragmentation - Five thousand variations

7月 03, 2012, 19:17

Everybody talks about Android fragmentation. I have felt it. Inside me. It hurts.

For many apps, fragmentation isn't such a big issue. If you're building an app for a summer festival, all you need to handle is different screen sizes and it will work everywhere. Well, not really ...


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19 comments | By Santiago Lema
iconwrite Android permissions or the Mobclix Catastrophy

2月 27, 2012, 22:25

An innocent fallback network

As regular readers may know my LED Flashlight HD app has had quite a tremendous success on the Android market. On this day it passed the 5 million download mark. Champagne. I am a proud leader in the glorious flashlight market.

Because Admob could only fill ...


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16 comments | By Santiago Lema
iconwrite Optimizing the world. Or why I believe Steve Jobs was Batman.

10月 12, 2011, 01:50

As a programmer I learned the basics of optimization: if you're going to need the same data a million times, prepare it once then reuse it. Or in other words if you do things once instead of a million times, surprisingly it will happen faster overall.

Why is it ...


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6 comments | By Santiago Lema
iconwrite Using instance cache in AppEngine instead of 'free' memcache really reduces costs

9月 09, 2011, 18:48

In my previous post about Google's AppEngine horrible price hike I jokingly concluded that to optimize my apps in order to make appengine costs reasonable again the only solution would be to remove any useful code.

The higher the latency for your page, the more instances get spawned by ...


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6 comments | By Santiago Lema
iconwrite Optimizing your AppEngine website for the new pricing: How to get from 422 $ per month back to free in a few lines.

9月 01, 2011, 15:57

There has a been a lot of badmouthing about Google's AppEngine new pricing. Basically it went from being rather cheap to just incredibly expensive compared to normal hosting. Each of my instances (using ~30 mb of memory) will now cost (0.08 x 24 hours x 30 days) ~= 57 ...


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5 comments | By Santiago Lema
iconwrite Average rating of 4.5 stars for a flashlight ? Checked.

8月 21, 2011, 20:31

Here's a small follow-up on my post on increasing the number of reviews. As I stated before this has been a huge success, particulary for my Battery HD app. Here I'll share the results I got from my LED Flashlight app.

About the number of downloads

Note that ...


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4 comments | By Santiago Lema
iconwrite Automate taking screenshots thanks to UIAutomation

8月 10, 2011, 21:21

Taking screenshots is painful

Either by choice or simply because I failed to succeed there I decided to focus on countries other than the biggest market: the U.S.A. As a result, while never reaching the top #50 in U.S.A. some of my apps have ranked #1 ...


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14 comments | By Santiago Lema

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