Cheap Gas! Version 1.8 Now Available on iTunes App Store

Cheap Gas! Version 1.8 Now Available on iTunes App Store

The latest (and greatest) version of Cheap Gas! (Version 1.8) is now available on the Apple iTunes App Store here.

This version allows you to see the prices of all grades (where available) and also shows the date and time stamp of when the prices were collected.

Several people have asked (loudly) when a version that allows GasBuddy.com to be updated will be available.  Stay tuned…

And thanks for everyone who has downloaded the app – and especially those who have provided invaluable feedback on the application (Mark H Delfs and Keifel Agostini, I’m looking at you guys!).

You have helped make Cheap Gas! the #8 Free Travel App on iTunes.

A Peeve That is Too Big To Keep As a Pet

A Peeve That is Too Big To Keep As a Pet

Even grizzled, seasoned developers need help.  Like all the time.

Stick around long enough, and you forget enough knowledge to fill several libraries.

Which brings me around to something that gets under my skin more than I care to admit.

Let’s say you’re browsing around for the solution to a programming issue you’re having.  And you’re under a deadline.  And the breaks aren’t going your way.

Fortuitous Day!  You find a post on a message board with someone having (or who just had) the same issue you’re having.  Maybe you won’t be up all night after all.

You read the problem description (yeah… that’s what I’m seeing)… and then the plea from the poor schmuck for guidance from the community (feel your pain, buddy)…

And then the inevitable happens.

“Hey Loser.”

“Read The F*#$ing Manual.”

RTFM.  It’s in the documentation.  Just read, stupid.

And that, my friends, is why I have not posted a question on a programming message board.  Ever.

It’s not the fear of being ridiculed.  I’ve been married for 23 years (rim shot).

No – it’s having to endure some idiot, who doesn’t know the answer either, try to elevate his importance (you go, l3371killa833z) by belittling others.

You find these bags everywhere.  The Apple Developer boards seem to be overly represented with this particular mode of socially stunted douchiness.

Look – there are lazy developers out there, who don’t want to do the hard work of learning their craft.  Who don’t put in the hours.  Who pay no dues.

But by and large, these guys are in the minority.

If all you have to add to a discussion is RTFM, then may I kindly suggest you STFU.

You Only Get One First Impression

You Only Get One First Impression

Sigh. Uncovered a show stopper in one of my apps tonight. Fixable, but it causes a delay in a release.

You only get one first impression. So, I would rather it be a bulletproof – albeit late – impression, rather than a buggy launch.

Cheap Gas! Version 1.8 in iTunes Review

Cheap Gas! Version 1.8 in iTunes Review

An update to Cheap Gas! is now in iTunes App Store Review.

This version now displays timestamps for fuel prices and also has a “heads up” display for all grade prices.

Should be available later this week.

Content in the Filler

Content in the Filler

Had an amazing conversation with my nine-year old last night during the drive back home from hockey practice.

Nothing earth shattering… just a meaningful conversation about effort and the fruits of hard work. Makes me look forward to seeing what kind of man he will be when he grows up.

Upcoming iPhone App: myBloglines

Upcoming iPhone App: myBloglines

I just submitted a new iPhone Application to the Apple iTunes App Store: myBloglines.

myBloglines allows you to read your Bloglines.com RSS and Atom Feeds from your iPhone.

The application is free and should be available for download within the next few days.

You can see a short demo of the app here.

Update to Cheap Gas! Coming This Week

Update to Cheap Gas! Coming This Week

An update for the Cheap Gas! iPhone application will be dropping this week (depending upon providence and the goodwill of the Apple App Store gatekeepers) – Version 1.7.

New update to Cheap Gas! coming this week
New update to Cheap Gas! coming this week

This version will allow you to interactively search for stations by Postal Code and will also allow you to sort your results by price or by distance from where you are.