Matthew Knott

A collection of random thoughts, useful technical tidbits, wonder at the world we live in, and general dismay about the same.

Capitalism, Conscience and Humanity

Posted on Monday, 28 July 2014 21:15

This week it dawned on me that on an ever increasing level in this country, we have achieved a sort of capitalist nirvana. We have become so enlightened as to no longer be burdened by concerns for fellow man; weak thoughts of compassion and love that once might have led us to help a stranger before ourselves are being blocked through hours of meditation on shiny product configurators.

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WWDC 14 AKA Operation Blow My Mind

Posted on Monday, 02 June 2014 22:08

If you're an Apple dev then today is Christmas. If you're an iOS Dev it's Christmas and a birthday combined.

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Tutorial: Spice up your iOS app with Sprite Kit particle effects

Posted on Monday, 05 May 2014 09:40

After writing Beginning Xcode, I felt something of an obligation to begin writing tutorials for iOS development. The trouble is that it’s sometimes hard to think what to write about outside the context of a book. This weekend I saw someone pose a question about how to add Sprite Kit particle effects to a regular iOS app in Xcode.

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5 Reasons to Publish with Apress

Posted on Sunday, 16 March 2014 21:47

As a long time customer of Apress and now a first time author, I really can't recommend them highly enough as a publisher. Here are 5 reasons they made this a largely pleasurable experience and why if you're considering publishing a book, you should consider them first. 

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Beginning Xcode: Coming Soon

Posted on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 22:16

Writing about a post-apocalyptic wasteland was proving tricky, so I decided to write a book about something I know: Xcode. Beginning Xcode is published by Apress and should be shipping to an Amazon warehouse near you very soon.

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An Open Letter to Myself, Age 20

Posted on Monday, 30 December 2013 21:52

I saw a nice way of framing something I often think about, which is, if you could go back in time, what would you change? Someone posted on Twitter asking "What would you say to your 20 yr old self? What would you change?". I thought about this and decided to write the 20 year old me an open letter because although this is completely pointless in some respects, I feel like I am actually learning some important lessons about getting through life with less stress and more enjoyment, so here goes.

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Are We Sitting Comfortably

Posted on Saturday, 07 September 2013 17:16

Sometimes, you need to stop burying your head in the sand and open up about what's on your mind. Aparently it can even save your life.

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Student Summer Placements

Posted on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:53

We're coming to the end of our first student placement in work, or at least we were. I was extremely cautious initially about the benefits of having someone for two weeks, versus the risk of having to baby sit them and hand hold through the entire place.

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Swansea Needs a Design and Development Conference

Posted on Sunday, 14 July 2013 12:19

You know when someone walks past with a mouth-watering dessert when you're on a diet? Well that's how I feel when I see all the great conferences going on in Brighton, England's unofficial creative hub.

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What is 'My Swansea Schools'?

Posted on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 19:21

It's been a long process but today I am really proud to bring 'My Swansea Schools' to the people of Swansea. What is it, what does it do, and what is the impact?

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