Goals for 2018


I’d started some training last year but didn’t make any useful apps, I’d like to progress this to a production one in 2018.


I’d like to make progress in either or both of my Tracking app ideas.


Actually release it, I’ve been holding off hoping the API will be re-written, maybe I should just release, then update when it is.

Although releasing the Android at the same time would be nice.


MS: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

MCSA: Web Applications

MCPS: Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications

Microsoft Certified Solution Developer: App Builder


Goals for 2017 – Review


  • iOS
  • Re-wrote API interaction using the Facade pattern
  • Android
  • Asked a friend to help write this

Still waiting on Rich to make a proper API.

Jam Jar

Worked with PassSlot and have a local iOS app that creates them, with images


.NET Apps

I worked a little on a GNVQ tracking app for Learning Objectives, the back end is mostly there, still working on the UI.

In general I was working on a major iOS project at work so didn’t have a massive amount of spare time, learned lots of new APIs and techniques in ObjC and iOS dev which was great.


UIBarButtonItem Image and Text

I want to add an image and text to a BarButtonItem but can’t in IB.


I looked into EdgeInsets but couldn’t get them to work with the image.


I’d also like to shrink the image

// https://stackoverflow.com/a/18853240/2895831
UIView *rightButtonView = [[UIView alloc]initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, 110, 50)];

UIImage *buttonImage = [UIImage imageNamed:@"LocationArrow"];
//UIEdgeInsets edgeInsets = UIEdgeInsetsMake(50, 50, 50, 50);
//UIImage *buttonImage = [[UIImage imageNamed:@"LocationArrow"] resizableImageWithCapInsets:edgeInsets];
//UIImage(CGImage: originalImage!.CGImage!, scale: 5, orientation: originalImage!.imageOrientation)
// https://stackoverflow.com/a/38523085/2895831
buttonImage = [UIImage imageWithCGImage:buttonImage.CGImage

UIButton *rightButton = [UIButton buttonWithType:UIButtonTypeSystem];
rightButton.backgroundColor = [UIColor clearColor];
rightButton.frame = rightButtonView.frame;
[rightButton setImage:buttonImage forState:UIControlStateNormal];
[rightButton setTitle:NSLocalizedString(@"My Location", nil) forState:UIControlStateNormal];
rightButton.tintColor = [UIColor whiteColor];
rightButton.autoresizesSubviews = YES;
rightButton.autoresizingMask = UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleWidth | UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleLeftMargin;
rightButton.semanticContentAttribute = UISemanticContentAttributeForceRightToLeft;
[rightButton addTarget:self action:@selector(myLocationAction:) forControlEvents:UIControlEventTouchUpInside];

CGFloat padding = 10.0f;
[rightButton setTitleEdgeInsets:UIEdgeInsetsMake(0, 0, 0, padding)];
//[rightButton setContentEdgeInsets:UIEdgeInsetsMake(0, 0, 0, padding)];
//[rightButton setContentEdgeInsets:UIEdgeInsetsMake(padding, padding, padding, padding)];
//[rightButton setImageEdgeInsets:UIEdgeInsetsMake(padding, 0, padding, 0)]; //0, padding, 0, padding
//[rightButton setImageEdgeInsets:UIEdgeInsetsMake(padding, padding, padding, padding)];

[rightButtonView addSubview:rightButton];

UIBarButtonItem *rightBarButton = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithCustomView:rightButtonView];
self.navigationItem.rightBarButtonItem = rightBarButton;



[UIImage imageWithCGImage:buttonImage.CGImage scale:4 orientation:UIImageOrientationUp];

Pick your method to scale






There is the handy

Bar Item

Image Inset


UIButton VerticalLayout


I added some buttons into a UIStackView but the image overlaps the button.

I modified the contentEdgeInsets

CGFloat inset = (self.frame.size.height - totalHeight)/2;
self.contentEdgeInsets = UIEdgeInsetsMake(inset, 0.0f, inset, 0.0f);



Pollen Today Widget

I want a today Widget to show pollen count.

I downloaded:

Clarityn’s Pollen Forecast UK by Bayer HealthCare AG


They have a website


It doesn’t have the Widget I wanted so I started looking for an API.

POST http://www.claritynallergy.co.uk/webservice/allergyforecast.php


Accept: application/json


Form URL-Encoded



"{\"Durham & Newcastle\":{\"1499515201\":{\"precipitation\":8,\"maxTemp\":21,\"minTemp\":16,\"pollenLevel\":\"H\",\"humidity\":83,\"windSpeed\":7,\"weatherCode\":7,\"uvIndex\":5,\"pollenType\":\"Grass\"},\"1499601600\":{\"precipitation\":18,\"maxTemp\":18,\"minTemp\":15,\"pollenLevel\":\"H\",\"humidity\":80,\"windSpeed\":18,\"weatherCode\":7,\"uvIndex\":4,\"pollenType\":\"Grass\"},\"1499688000\":{\"precipitation\":23,\"maxTemp\":18,\"minTemp\":14,\"pollenLevel\":\"M\",\"humidity\":69,\"windSpeed\":11,\"weatherCode\":3,\"uvIndex\":7,\"pollenType\":\"Grass\"}}}"


http://www.claritynallergy.co.uk/static/media/images/claritynallergy/7-trans.png” : 

I found Benadryl has one.


GET https://socialpollencount.co.uk/api/forecast?location=%5BLAT,LON]


{"status_code":"200 OK","date":"2017-07-02T07:13:47+00:00","forecast":[{"date":"2017-06-29T08:00:01+00:00","pollen_count":"Low"},{"date":"2017-06-30T08:00:01+00:00","pollen_count":"Low"},{"date":"2017-07-01T08:00:01+00:00","pollen_count":"High"},{"date":"2017-07-02T08:00:01+00:00","pollen_count":"High","temperature":"18","weather_code":"01","weather":"Sunny"},{"date":"2017-07-03T08:00:01+00:00","pollen_count":"High","temperature":"18","weather_code":"07","weather":"Medium-level cloud"},{"date":"2017-07-04T08:00:01+00:00","pollen_count":"Moderate","temperature":"14","weather_code":"12","weather":"Light rain"}]}


https://socialpollencount.co.uk/images/content/weather/07.pnp” :

App: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/benadryl-social-pollen-count/id638068252?mt=8

App doesn’t exist.

I’ve started building my own

img_4314 img_4315-1 img_4317-1
The Widget needs a lot of work but the basis is there, I’ve built a framework that gets all the data. Now to finish the UI…

Carousel View


I wanted to add an animation when dismissing, a button at the top and bottom of the view, one to dismiss, one to save, and move off in that direction.



@clsource added other directions


Jam Jar Cinema Wallet Passes

My local cinema is Awesome!

I want to create passes to keep a memento of the films I’ve seen. I order online so don’t get ticket stubs from the venue and I like having a digital copy, like CineWorld does.


There are a number of websites which allow you to make Wallet Passes.

I’ve recently tried PassSlot (https://www.passslot.com).


It has a free tier which allows you to create 1 PassID, multiple templates, and a set limit of passes, which is all I need.

It has an SDK which is great.

I created my Template with variables for the various pieces of information and now I have an iOS app which allows me to fill in the values, pick an image and create a pass.

It uses the iTunes Artwork Finder from Ben Dodson.


The PassSlot API is available on ‘mashape’

The documentation mentions

Other Platforms – The PassSlot API is also available through mashape. They have client libraries for Node, Ruby, Java, .NET, Windows 8

On the marketplace


There is a button for open in Paw. I can’t get it to work at the moment.

I’d started making a Mac app to create Wallet Passes.

I followed the RW tutorials on PassKit but my PHP was rusty so never got that side working.

I got the local one working which used the sign tool and created all the files

  • pass.json
  • manifest.json
  • .pkpass
  • etc

JJC Passes (Mac) (1)

But when I tried to add them to my phone I ran into issues, I raised a bug will Apple and they are working on something.

The pass has to be served over SSL.

I made my own Contact Card: https://alexhedley.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/passbook/