Alasdair Allan is a Scientist, Author, Hacker, Tinkerer and Journalist who has been spending a lot of his time thinking about the Internet of Things, which he thinks is broken.
He is the author of a number of books, and sometimes also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things, or deploying sensors to measure them. He recently rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensors motes covering the entire of Moscone West during Google I/O.
A few years before that he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time. This caused several class action lawsuits and a U.S. Senate hearing. Several years on, he still isn't sure what to think about that.
Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes that, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of what—at the time—was the most distant object yet discovered.
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Webcast: An Introduction to building mapping apps for the iPhone and iPad
Webcast: An introduction to building mapping applications for the iPhone and iPad
"Overall, this is a fast read and an excellent resource. I can't call it a definitive guide, but it is a great primer on the most useful geolocation features in iOS, with a set of real-world examples."
"A 'must' for any aspiring developer. "
"His pacing is superb, the content detailed, and his examples spot on."
"I cannot stress how brilliant the book Learning iPhone Programming Development by Alasdair Allan is."
"I love the way the series is set up. Unlike other video tutorials I've tried, Introduction to iOS Programming is broken into smaller sections. You can start and stop the videos whenever you want, which is great when you have to reference certain aspects of the program or need to backup and watch something again."
"So, if you are interested in a crash course into iPhone programming before you dig into it with a more detailed book, this is the one to get. But, it will leave you with the thirst to learn more. Me? I am heading to the OReilly catalog to look for an Objective-C book..."
"The great strength of Allan's book is that it gives you a clear view of the big picture about iPhone development, and fills in most of the essential details. I can hardly imagine a better book to begin the great adventure of developing extraordinary apps."
"I recommend the book to anyone considering diving into iPhone programming...Learning iPhone Programming is reasonably priced and should remain a solid introductory text for new iPhone developers for some time to come."
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