The only way a vanilla IOS app (developed by ordinary IOS Developers) can communicate externally seems to be via TCP (and only wirelessly?) or Bluetooth. Apple has an additional Made For Apple (MFi) licensing for hardware and software developers (separate programs, actually) who need to develop apps which connect to external devices via the Lightning connector (which includes USB), headphones and remotes, and to specialized wireless devices (e.g. watches). Redpark, for example, emphasizes that their gear is licensed under MFi (I don't how"special" their cable is, but their Rsc Mgr SDK that you need to integrate into your app to actually use the cable certainly is).
My first thought is that before diving into MFi, you should check to whether your app (and PC application) can use Bluetooth between the IOS device and PC. Bluetooth might or might not be constrained by whatever VPN configuration will be used concurrently (and, of course, whether or not all the PCs involved would have Bluetooth). If not, then you'll probably have no choice but to work with an existing MFi solution (like Redpark), or roll your own MFi solution -- both will probably involving some licensing fees.
No, I still haven't bought my Mac yet. I would like to ASAP so I can start building iPhone applications. Let me know what you think. It seems like it takes a while for Windows users to transfer over to the Mac OS.
Hey Dan! Thanks for that Ext GWT tip. I had always assumed that it was applet based. I'm going to get some serious good use out of this!
I haven't, but it looks very interesting. I'll have to check it out next time we have a .NET project. I'm a big fan of JSON over XML in most situations.
Hey there, Stephen, hope your move was uneventful, those are the best ones. And, hope that you are acclimating to Honolulu as well. The pidgin English bit can be tough to get used to, you may be able to find some books to help with that. Although it is already 25 years old, Pidgin to Da Max may actually help out.
Hey there, Stephen, good luck with your upcoming move to Hawaii.
I've moved around quite a bit since leaving Honolulu, but I can tell you that you are moving to one of the nicest places on Earth to call home. Make sure to empty out the glovebox and holders in your car of anything of worth before shipping!
Aloha, Stephen! Congratulations on making the move to Hawaii. Hawaii's tech community will be all the richer for it. I see you've RSVP'd for Manoa Geeks on July 31. Looking forward to meeting you then!
Thanks Aaron. It appears that Honolulu has a very large and helpful technology community. In the past week I have managed to make more developer contacts in Honolulu than I have made in 1.5 years of living in Colorado Springs!
Although I have 14 years of experience in this industry, in my current job I am a .NET developer and have been working mostly in C# and SQL for the past 7 years. I've recently started getting interested in Python and Ruby. What are the most needed skills in Hawaii? I have two months before I move there. What do you guys think would be the best thing for me to start learning or improving on in that time frame?