Mon, Mar 2
Swift Wrapper for Objective-C JSON Parser

Jameson Quave is the author of LumaJSON:

“An extremely simple and light-weight Swift wrapper for Objective-C JSON parser.”

JSON is most certainly a preferred way to talk with remote services (IMHO), it’s always nice to see another tool supporting the protocol.

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Fri, Feb 27
Stream Video Textures into 3D Scene with Metal

Apple Developer demo app (with source) on streaming video textures with Metal:

“This sample demonstrates how to stream captured video textures (from the front facing camera on an iOS device) into a 3D scene rendered with Metal. The video texture is combined with an environment map reflection from a cubemap (which is also rendered seperatly as the starfield skybox) and a 2D mipmap PVRTC texture (copper metal texture).”

This demo app uses AVFoundation to capture video from the camera, where each frame is a Metal texture.

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) – Discover Nearby Devices

Intrigued with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy)?

Discovery is a very simple but useful library for discovering nearby devices with BLE(Bluetooth Low Energy) and for exchanging a value.”

Discovery works in the foreground or background. Written by Ömer Faruk Gül.

Thu, Feb 26
Create OS X Modern Looking UIs

Interested in coding OS X apps? Regarding the UI, have a look at ModernLook-OSX by Gyetván András:

“This project aims to provide a simple and customizable component set which can be used to create OSX applications with new style look.”

The example screenshots of the project have a nice feel to them. This may be a good starting point if you are new to coding Mac apps.