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Xamarin

A cross platform development environment that lets you build native apps for iOS, Mac and other platforms in C#. Xamarin lets you write C# that can be shared across all the platforms it supports but uses native UIs for each platform to give the best user experience. Xamarin includes a complete IDE, Xamarin Studio for Mac and Windows, or you can use Xamarin with Visual Studio. They also offer other features to allow you to utilise over 20,000 .NET libraries and to test your app on hundreds of real devices in their Test Cloud. […]

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RemObjects C#

A compiler and toolchain that lets you write native apps for iOS, Mac, Android, Windows and Windows Phone in C#. RemObjects C# isn’t a .NET bridge, but instead provides direct access to each platform’s native APIs. The RemObjects C# language provides access to all Cocoa, Cocoa Touch and the Objective-C Runtime frameworks including external open source and third party libraries and compiles to a fully native executable for the Objective-C runtime. […]

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Apportable

A service that lets you build your Objective-C iOS apps natively for Android. It compiles Objective-C to native ARM and x86 machine code so no virtual machines, emulators, or Java translation. It’s primarily aimed at games as it supports several of the most popular game engines. I’ve not tried it myself but it is already used by several very popular games. […]

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Canvas

A project that aims to simplify iOS development by allowing developers and designers to add animations without writing any code. Instead, you just need to add a couple of attributes to your views in Interface Builder to configure your animation. Canvas is a really useful tool for designers who might want to tweak animations but don’t feel comfortable diving into the code. […]

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CocoaPods Search Workflow for Alfred

This is one for Alfred fans (which you all should be) – a simple Alfred workflow for searching CocoaPods. Just type ‘pod’ followed by your search query and it’ll give you a list of matching Pods. Hit Enter on one of the results and it’ll take you to the Pod in Safari or hit Alt+Enter to copy the dependency definition to your clipboard ready to be pasted into your Podfile. […]

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Podlife

An iPhone app that keeps you updated with the CocoaPods world. Podlife lets you search for any pod and filter by Mac and iOS which you can then mark as a favourite and get notified whenever it is updated. Each pod is also linked to it’s documentation on CocoaDocs and there is an option to receive notifications whenever new pods are added of the CocoaPods gem is updated. The app is free but there is also an in-app purchase to go “Pro” to support the developer. […]

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Cocoa Controls

A collection of open source and commercial UI components for iOS and OS X. You can search and filter the collection by platform and license or whether it’s available on CocoaPods, and each component shows its current star rating and the apps it’s been used in. Cocoa Controls is a great way to find really useful third-party UI components or just to get inspiration for your own. You can also submit your own controls to be listed or distributed on the site. […]

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Cocoa Cats

A site that does for Objective-C categories what this site does for iOS development tools. For the uninformed, categories are a great feature of Objective-C that allows functionality to be added to a class without subclassing and Cocoa Cats is a fantastic user-driven collection of cocoa categories. The list is user generated so the there is a form at the bottom of the page to submit a new category. […]

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Binpress

A marketplace for commercial open-source software. Binpress provides an alternative to selling a complete app on the App Store by providing a platform for developers to monetize their open-source projects and turn it into a professional business, in the same mold as MySQL, Redhat, etc. You could also buy software to include in your app or propose an open-source project for other developers to build. […]

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