Apps to require users’ permission for access to address books

From AllThingsD. Apple to require developers to explicitly request users’ access to their address book. By John Paczkowski.

“Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines*,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AllThingsD. “We’re working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release.”

Piezo development

From Rogue Amoeba. Christa Mrgan runs through the creation process of their new audio recording app, Piezo.

We wanted the app to be obvious, convenient and fun. I knew from the beginning that I wanted it to have analog VU meters with bouncing needles, a clearly-labeled source selector, and a big, friendly record button. I also knew I did not want multiple buttons for simple recording options. A binary system was far preferable to the unnecessarily complicated array of options you see in, say, elevators in two-story buildings1.

Robin Campbell’s time at Summify

Robin Campbell gives us his take on his tenure at the startup, Summify, now acquired by Twitter.

Calm down. Control the things you can, and let go of what you can’t. Stress solves nothing, and it’s rather excellent at creating more problems. Last time I checked, chaos included enough problems, so do give yourself a little break here.

Why you should learn to program

With all the startups cropping up in recent times allowing users to learn to program, from Codecademy to Udacity, here is Chris Dixon’s post from earlier this month on 5 reasons one should learn the fundamentals of programming.

Programming is a great activity. Most people who program describe themselves as entering a mental flow state where they are intensely immersed and time seems to fly by. It feels similar to reading a great book. You also feel great afterwards – it is the mental equivalent of going to the gym.

Halftone – Mike Swanson

Mike Swanson via his blog on how he managed to get Apple to rate his application Halftone, as one of the best photo apps of 2011. Mike’s response:

I have no idea.

Similar themes I’m sure most other app developers would agree with.

My advice is to train yourself to recognize and note the small (but important) reactions that you have when you’re working with your own apps. Dismiss your professional knowledge about the effort it will take and consider the experience alone.