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Anthony Colangelo

I’m Anthony Colangelo.

I’ve written 22,739 words for A List ApartCognition, and myself.


Learning New Tricks

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One of the biggest advantages of having expertise is understanding and implementing best practices, but they’re often the biggest hindrance in learning something new. Getting yourself back into “beginner mode” is essential.

Cross-Platform Frameworks in Xcode

Xcode 6 introduced an important, yet under-promoted, feature for developers: the ability to create custom frameworks for iOS and Mac. Here’s a walkthrough of how to create a framework that can be shared between iOS apps, Mac apps, and extensions on any platform.

Context Makes Our Devices

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New device categories often start out by doing the same tasks as existing devices, but history has shown that successful categories are those that bring an entirely new context and fundamentally change the way we use technology.

Refactoring Asteroids

Refactoring code is a lot like saving the Earth from an asteroid impact. Except way less heroic and incredible.

Brevity vs. Clarity

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A lot of commonly-accepted abbreviations exist only because a critical mass of people use them. Is the loss of clarity outweighed by the benefits of a shorter name?

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

I’m incredibly uncomfortable with the guiding principles of net neutrality. The proposed rules are insidious and will undermine some of the most sacred pieces of the Internet.

Thoughtful Modularity

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Most of our projects operate on a smaller scale than a mission to Mars, but there’s a lot we can learn from NASA’s approach to boldly going where none have gone before. NASA is thinking modularly down to the core components of a system, and we should, too.

Excitedly Terrified

Sad, excited, and terrified to say that after 3 years, I’m leaving Happy Cog. In 2015, I’ll be joining Big Cartel as an iOS developer!