Hi, this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Apple Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Apple bias. Today is Friday, August 28, 2020, and this is show number 799.
Chit Chat Across the Pond
This week’s episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond was positively delightful as Bart and I celebrate 100 episodes of Programming By Stealth. When we hit 99 installments, Bart declared that for 100, there should be cake! So I got Bart’s darling beloved to deliver him a piece of cake right as we started, and Steve delivered one to him. To say that Bart was surprised and delighted would be an understatement!
The actual episode was an opportunity for Bart and me to share our respective solutions to the challenge from PBS 96, which was to create a web app that would allow a podcaster to send a time of their choosing to another podcaster. He didn’t put a lot of restrictions around it, so our solutions are completely different.
I begged to go first because I told him that going after him is like being the comedian who had to go on after Robin Williams. He replied that he wanted to go first for the same reason! He explained that I took on a much harder task than he did. In his solution, he picks a time in his own timezone and then copies a URL from the site and sends it on to the other people and they see the time he chose in their own browser. He did add a few bells and whistles beyond that but it’s the basic idea.
My solution allows the user to enter two timezones of their choosing and then drag a slider to shift time to see how convenient it is for the other person, and then copy the time. I was quite pleased with my user interface, and Bart even borrowed one of my ideas to use a utility called Bootstrap Collapse to show and hide certain page elements. To be doing something that Bart wants to emulate warmed my little heart.
A fun fact about our solutions is that Bart worked on his for an entire 3 days, and I worked on mine for two months on and off. I’m still proud of what I accomplished!
You can listen to this episode in your podcatcher of choice by searching for Programming By Stealth, and you can read Bart’s and my tutorial shownotes for this episode by going to pbs.bartificer.net/… Thank you, Bart, for this amazing accomplishment.
I’ve been stewing in my own juices over the past few weeks as every tech podcaster on the planet hollers into their microphones about how Apple is a horribly greedy, awful company that mistreats their developers and tortures their users. I know everyone isn’t singing the same song but it feels like it. I’m not necessarily taking a position on any of this but what aggravates me the most is that no one seems to be offering solutions other than “Apple should allow 3rd-party app stores” or “Apple shouldn’t charge anything to be in the App Store”, neither of which are viable solutions to anything without a lot further development of those ideas.
So when last week I heard Rod Simmons repeating on the SMR Podcast the same kind of drivel, I ask them to let me on the show to tell Rod how wrong he is. Seriously, what kind of podcast lets you do that? I think the trick here is that at any moment, two of the three hosts are always willing to gang up on the third for the comedy, so Chris Ashley and Robb Dunewood were more than happy to let me come on the show. We had a complete blast as always and I seem to remember Rod and I came to a workable solution to the Apple App Store problems.
In any case, you’ll hear a rant you haven’t heard me say on the NosillaCast so go subscribe to the SMR Podcast in your podcatcher of choice, or go to smrpodcast.com/… and look for the show entitled “Come Tell Us With Allison Sheridan”. It’s a lot of fun.
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