NSDates, NSTimeZones, NSCalendars and NSDateComponents. Oh my.

Best practices on using dates and times in Cocoa by my ex-colleague Kent Humphries. Every Apple developer should read this.


Pod Install/Update Via SourceTree Shortcut

Fed up of opening up Terminal just to do a pod install or update? Set up a Custom Action in SourceTree to quickly get the task done.

SourceTree Custom Action Pod Install/Update


Starting Appium Via launchd

In a recent project I needed to find a way of getting the Appium node.js app to run all the time on an iOS CI server. The requirements were as follows:

  1. Appium must be run from the checked out Git repository
  2. Launch Appium on start-up, in case the server needs to be rebooted
  3. If Appium crashes (it does sometimes), relaunch the server
  4. Output stdout and stderror to a log file that I can easily view using to debug problems with Appium buy cialis super active

This was achieved with the following launchd plist configuration file placed in ~/Library/LaunchAgents/.


[snippet id=”53″]


The WorkingDirectory setting is required, as Appium uses it to locate the instruments/client.js file.

Start the agent by running:

launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/<configuration name>.plist

Or stop it by running:

launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/<configuration name>.plist

Hope this helps!