Mac Liaw entered The Ohio State University's Masters Program in Computer Science at age 15. He was a member of the CERN development team that established HTTP and HTML. He is active in the Linux Kernel, Groovy development and Haskell open source project. Currently he is CylaTech.com Inc’s VP of Technology and has been involved in video games development since Playstation 2 and Xbox. He currently oversees PS3 and 360 video games development and special effects projects at CylaTech.com Inc. He also serves as the CTO of Worthpoint Corp, an antiques and collectible focused website using Grails and GWT.
- Using Game Center in iOS Apps
Games is the most popular category of iOS apps. A game with excellent Game Center integration not only increase replay values, but also gives you a way to promote your app through words of mouth. Microsoft’s Xbox Live demonstrated how effective this can be. You can have it too. Game Center provides you in game persona, leaderboards, achievements, multiplayer support, and peer to peer networking. We’ll discuss how to effectively use Game Center in your app, and the examples of well executed in-game achievements.
- iOS Development using Lua and Wax framework
You just got a great iOS app idea. You are convinced once your app is released on App Store, you’ll make millions of dollars. Fame and fortune will follow. You’ll be the next geek hero. All fired up, you download XCode, iOS SDK, pay your $99. Ready to become the envy of your peers. Then you stared at Objective-C. “No Problem, I can power through this.” But days turns into weeks, weeks turn into month. If only there is a more productive way. You start exploring various scripting language solutions, only to find out that none of them can really integrate with the Objective-C runtime very well. Until now. Lua with Wax brings GC, dynamic language and full access to the entire Cocoa framework. It also has built-in REST support, closure and pattern matching. Now you can resume the dream of becoming the next geek hero!