The Run Loop Episode 2 with Manton Reece

This week on The Run Loop I was lucky enough to be joined by Manton Reece, creator of Micro.blog and long time Mac and iOS developer. We talk about working on independent projects, building communities, creating a social network that’s resistant to harassment, tabs vs spaces, and more! Please check out the show on it’s website and if you haven’t subscribed in your podcast player of choice, please do.

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My New Podcast: The Run Loop

The first episode of my new podcast, The Run Loop, is now available in iTunes, Overcast, and wherever else great podcasts are found. You can also listen and subscribe on the shows website. The Run Loop will be a weekly discussion about making iOS and Mac apps with great designers and developers. In this episode I talk to my friend Samuel Goodwin about how he got started, peer mentorship, our trip to Japan, and more.

If you like what you hear, please subscribe, rate, and recommend the show.

You can also help support the show through Patreon. If you donate $1 or more a month, you will receive my sincere gratitude and help me make more and better content, but up to five people can also donate $50 a month and receive an hour a month of my time for a design or code review.

I also want to thank to Joe Cieplinski for creating great artwork for the show. I hope you enjoy this first episode, and I’m looking forward to making many more.

Help Manton Hit His Indie Microblogging Stretch Goal

Manton Reece has four days to go on his “Indie Microblogging” Kickstarter, and he still needs our help. He’s trying to create an ad-free open platform for microblogging where people own their own data and can take it where they please. Right now he’s at $68,620 of his original $10,000 goal — which is fantastic. Manton has built safety into the platform with a feature he calls “Safe Replies” to fight abuse, but if he reaches his stretch goal of $80,000 he can hire community manager to make the service even better:

If the Kickstarter reaches $80,000, I will use some of the money to make my very first part-time hire for Micro.blog: a community manager. The community manager will help set the tone for the service, work on documentation and best practices, and be responsible for curation when Safe Replies fails to automatically catch emerging problems.

I’m going to up the amount that I’m in for. If you haven’t already pledged to help — and you can — you should.

The “Unsubscribe” Mailbox for Apple Mail

I don’t know how I’ve ended up on so many mailing lists for products I don’t care about, but I am. I created this “Smart Mailbox” for finding any emails I’m receiving that can be unsubscribed to that aren’t archived. It works pretty well.

  • Contains messages that match all of the following:
    • Entire Message — Contains — “Unsubscribe”
    • Message is not in Mailbox — “Archive”

The CocoaPods App

Managing third party code on iOS has always been a pain. In the past 9 years or so I’ve done everything from dragging source directly into projects, to Git submodules, to CocoaPods, to Carthage, to Git submodules again. Right now I’m using CocoaPods.

I’ve had three problems with CocoaPods from the beginning:

  1. It messes with my Xcode project files.
  2. It stops working for me all the time.
  3. I don’t want to mess around with Ruby gems.

While the first issue seems pretty much intractable, the CocoaPods app seems to (potentially) fix the second two by bundling its own Ruby environment in the app. Because it’s from the people who make CocoaPods, I assume it’ll keep updated to match the command line tool.

The app itself is pretty barebones. I’d love to see a future version let me see what updates are available for my pods from within the app and abstract away me having to edit the podfile by hand. Either way, I’m going to give it a shot. You can check it out on the CocoaPods website.

New JSON Formatting App by Samuel Goodwin

My vivacious and charming friend Samuel Goodwin has just released a new app for formatting JSON called Formatter on the Mac App Store for the low price for $4.99. You can drag and drop JSON files right on it, or use the included Xcode plugin to turn your gross mess of brackets and parenthesis into artisanally crafted pretty printed JSON files. Another thing I like about Formatter is that it includes a QuickLook plugin to make looking at JSON in the Finder a bit nicer.

The pasta maker icon is pretty clever, too. Go buy it.