Week 7 & 8 at Flatiron

Week 7

Presenting Muse at Flatiron Presents

Finally finished my part in Flatiron Presents. Every Tuesday here at Flatiron School, 3-4 pairs (2 web, 2 mobile) of students present an app/ feature that they have collaborated on. My partner unfortunately dropped from the program around Week 4, but I tried making the most out of the last 2 weeks and made a working app that I feel proud about.

I made a journaling app that allows users to fully capture a moment by pinning their currently playing song to a journal entry for future playback. The frameworks I used to make this app work include MPMediaQuery, MPMusicPlayerController, and Parse as a backend solution for saving entries and music playlists.


Incorporating Youtube’s Data API in your Xcode project.

If you ever wanted to integrate youtube search and play capabilities into your iPhone app, you will eventually need to play around with Youtube’s Data API. Depending on the level of interaction you would like to have with a user, you may need to authorize requests with OAuth 2.0. But if you are just interested in searching and playing videos based on a particular query like this post, all you need to do is sign up for an API key on Google’s dev console. With just the free rate limit, you are allowed 5,000,00 requests per day, but as you will soon realize, those API calls can accrue pretty fast with even the most basic requests.

Go to Youtube’s Developer Console and request an API Key. 


Weeks 5 & 6 at The Flatiron School.

Week 5

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Wrapping Up Core Data

We wrapped up our last lecture on core data this morning, and even though the everything dealing with core data seemed convoluted, it eventually became pretty straightforward. According to our main instructor Tim, we primarily use APIs and cloud services to manage our services. There is also Parse, a backend database solution for mobile app developers who don’t can’t/don’t want to deal with the backend side of things. On top of that, they recently came out with a new local database feature for iOS, meaning you can save data locally until you have a network connection, which then syncs your files with Parse’s server. Makes you think when we’d ever have the need for Core Data.


Week 3 & Week 4 Summary

Week 3

Table Views and Datastores.

Day 12
Before the day ended yesterday, Tim introduced us to table view controllers, the visual interface that powers a majority of the apps we play with. Just think about any app that scrolls through endless rows. By the time lecture wrapped up, my brain was already heading into power-save mode after spending most of the afternoon tackling navigation controllers, which allow subsequent windows to appear after a button press to more detailed information.
I don’t feel very comfortable with the material, and I’ll probably have to re-watch some of the lectures. Oh yeah— all our lectures and code samples are recorded and posted on GitHub so that we don’t have to stress with getting all the notes and code lab walkthroughs at that very instance. +1 for Flatiron Team.