Introductory iOS App Development course

Originally posted on Bird's Bits:

Next term, at LCC, I will be teaching a course in iPad and iPhone app development, CS235IM, Intermediate Mobile App Development: IOS. This is an introductory course (the title “intermediate” is misleading) in writing apps for iOS using C# and Xamarin.iOS (formerly MonoTouch). We will cover the basics of:

  1. Setting up your development environment
  2. Model-View-Controller architecture
  3. Adapting to device rotation
  4. Multiview applications
  5. Tab bars and pickers
  6. Table views
  7. Split views and pop-opvers
  8. Application settings

The benefits of writing apps using Xamarin MonoTouch are:

  • They can be easily ported to Android, Windows Phone, Mac OS-X, and Windows.
  • If you are already a .NET programmer, you can use a language (C#) and class libraries (.NET) that you already know.
  • Xamarin’s cross-platform solution is the only one which produces iOS apps that compile to native code.

The course starts March 30th and runs for 10 weeks. The course is available both online…

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More to life than the physical

Bahrom:

I just launched a new blog. I’d be very pleased to have you read the first post and leave a comment. This is a topic I’d love to dialogue about!

Originally posted on Unseen Realms:

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I believe that the physical universe–the things we can see and touch is not all there is to reality. I believe there is a spiritual world that is just as real (maybe more real) than the one we can see. I have an unshakable intuition that I have a soul–that there is more to my consciousness than neural software. I can’t shake the belief that I’m more than a sophisticated, intelligent, bio-machine. (I know a little bit about machines that appear to think. I am computer programmer and teach Computer Science.)

Can I offer any empirical evidence for these convictions? Not really. Can I use the scientific method to confirm the reality of a world of the spirit? I don’t think so. Of course we have all heard the stories (maybe even read the books or watched the movies) about life after death experiences. Or about encounters with supernatural forces…

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Xamarin Android course

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Aspects of Yaghnobi Grammar – Thesis Finished! « The Yaghnobi

In December of last year I submitted my MA thesis, Aspects of Yaghnobi Grammar to the graduate school of the University of Oregon and it has been accepted. You can read or download it here: Aspects of Yaghnobi Grammar – Thesis Finished!

Draft of Aspects of Yaghnobi Grammar « The Yaghnobi

I’ve posted a draft of my MA thesis, Aspects of Yaghnobi Grammar, on the Yaghnobi blog. I welcome any comments or suggestions. I will be submitting a final draft to the University of Oregon graduate school in a week and a half.

Draft of Aspects of Yaghnobi Grammar « The Yaghnobi

Formatting LSA Style Linguistic Data Citations in Microsoft Word

Academic papers in the field of linguistics are often written folowing LSA style, which is the style used in Language, the journal of the Language Society of America. One of the aspects of style that is fairly unique to linguistics writing is the way linguistic data is presented. The following quatation is from the Language style sheet:

7. NUMBERED EXAMPLES, RULES, AND FORMULAS
a. Type each numbered item on a separate indented line with the number in parentheses; indent after the number; use lowercase letters to group sets of related items:

(2)  a.  Down the hill rolled the baby carriage.
      b.  Out of the house strolled my mother’s best friend.

b. In the text, refer to numbered items as 2, 2a, 2a,b, 2(a- c).

The Problem

One of the problems I run into when writing long papers, is keeping the numbered examples synchronized with my references to them in the text of the paper. If I add an example, remove an example, or change their order, then I have to go through the whole paper and update the references.

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Language Documentation & Conservation – Online Journal « Living Languages

A new free, peer-reviewed linguistics journal was announced in this post on Living Languages:

The e-journal Language Documentation & Conservation (LD&C) was launched last month by the University of Hawai‘i Press to journal endangered language issues.