Pebble Blueprint

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Guys, guys, guys… I have been working on a project for a couple of weekends now and to make a long story short it’s a watchface and watchapp generator for the Pebble Time for iOS. The basic idea is that it allows putting watchfaces/watchapps together easily and then deploying them on the Pebble that is attached to the iOS device. Here is a video of the whole thing in action, note that the iPad simulator uses US keyboard layout and I only have my German one, so, yeah, you can watch me stumble over the keyboard quite a bit at times:

CLion, a couple of weeks after the EAP

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I bought CLion after sporadically using it in during the EAP phase. I’ve been using Xcode and Visual Studio as IDE of choice so far on OS X and Windows, and both are great, but when developing a cross platform library like Rayne it definitely was a pain to keep both project files in sync. CLion promises to not have that issue, be cross platform AND allow me to use one single build system: CMake.

Integrating Crashlytics into Build Bots

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Testflight has seemingly no interest in its regular business anymore and broke the crashreport symbolication a long time ago. We are quite dependent on that though, we don’t want to know how many times the app crashed but where it crashed. So, a week and a bit ago we jumped ship to Crashlytics, which is a really nice platform to analyze crashes. The only issue is that their dSYM upload requires a run script build phase, so their upload script runs as part of the build process.

Firedrake memory corruption bug

There was a bug that I couldn’t figure out for the life of me. It was somewhere deep in my hobby kernel Firedrake and it made zero sense. It manifests as memory corruption, more specifically, at some point a pointer suddenly becomes zero. I tried to narrow it down with printf() debugging, but that didn’t get me very far because at that point the scheduler is already running and regular task switches occur, which have the side effect of the kernel not running in consecutive order any longer.

Firedrake and Intel Edison

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I’m back from a business trip to Nice and a lot of stress that has kept me busy since the end of October is slowly fading away, which means I can go back and actually start hacking on the Intel Edison. Which actually means that I’m going to polish up a lot of parts of Firedrake before actually turning around and attacking the Edison. It helps to have a solid foundation to bootstrap oneself with.