Category Archives: API

Top 100 Albums app – my approach to a code exercise

The completed project

I recently completed the development of an iOS app as a code exercise.   The goal was to display the top 100 albums across all genres using the Apple RSS generator.    You can find the TopAlbums project on GitHub.  The project description contains an animated GIF of the finished product, along with the detailed set of requirements.

What I wanted to do in this post is review my thought process in developing the app, along with any intricacies I came across.

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Building an iOS app around the Unsplash API

Unsplash API

I enjoy discovering new APIs to experiment with.  In this case I came across Unsplash which is a source of high resolution images which are free to use.  The developer API is well documented and it is a simple process to register an app to obtain an API key.

To skip ahead and see what I built using this API, see my Unsplash demo app on GitHub.

An opportunity to build an iOS app

An Image API service provides a nice basis for building an iOS app.   It lends itself to working with table views, collection views, storage and many other iOS features.  The following screenshots show what I was able to achieve.

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Exploring the Contactually API

Contactually Overview

As a software professional I am interested in maintaining good relationships with my connections.    While I never thought to use a CRM for such a purpose, that just might change after coming across Contactually.

contactually-logo

 

Contactually allows you to collect and merge contact information from various sources including e-mail, calendars and social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter).   Contactually can help you with automatic reminders to follow-up with your connections, but that is just a small part of what the platform offers.  Some of the key features are centered around Buckets, Templates, Programs and Pipelines.

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