News & Views

  • Ping Pong Tourney and Other Feats of Strength

    November 09, 2012

    Last night was the first (of hopefully many) Building-Wide Ping Pong Tourney, this time hosted at VOKAL offices.  Drinks were consumed, folks were mingling and competition was of course furious (and sportsmanly). Below are some epic highlights of epicness.

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  • New VOKAL Office Under Way!

    October 12, 2012

    Exciting developments! The expansion of VOKAL Interactive offices is well underway. A day of drywalling going up and overhead lights customized to VOKAL green. Soon we'll have another floor for our ever-expanding ranks of designers and engineers.

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  • Functional and Asynchronous Programming in iOS

    January 05, 2012

    A couple of months ago I started working on a simple project using node.js and I wanted to write a post about the similarities and differences in functional programming between JavaScript and Objective-C. However, while I was writing that post I realized I did not truly understand functional programming. I could write blocks in Objective-C and I could write functions in JavaScript but the theory behind it was lost to me. That being said, I decided to dig deeper to understand not just what the code was accomplishing but why.

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  • Humanoid Wrap-Up

    December 19, 2011

    It's always rewarding when you get to wrap up a project. It is even better when the project you are wrapping up is for Humanoid, and their way of saying thank you is to send over a brand new Humanoid Wakeboard!!

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  • Automated Testing in iOS

    November 30, 2011

    When we send an app out into the world we want to be sure it’s bulletproof. I’m sure you write excellent code and you unit-test like a mad man, but how can you be sure? Wouldn't it be great to plug in a device and have Instruments run an exhaustive UI test while checking for leaks and logging total memory and cpu usage? Yes it would.

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  • Clear and Concise REST APIs

    November 08, 2011

    APIs have users just like apps have users, with the exception that an API’s users are developers. It’s unfortunate how frequently we encounter APIs which are needlessly complex and hard to use. Documentation sometimes is so complicated that it actually makes the API harder to understand rather than easier.

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  • Core Data Transactions

    October 16, 2011

    In my time getting acquainted with Core Data, I learned that while overall it is very handy, there are shortcomings that a developer must take into account especially when dealing with asynchronous calls and large amounts of data.

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  • Mobile Processing Conference 2011

    October 13, 2011

    We are excited to announce that Vokal will be sponsoring the 2011 Mobile Processing Conference. The Mobile Processing Conference is a yearly conference hosted by the UIC Innovation Center in support of Chicago's creative and development communities. The 2011 conference, held from November 11-13, 2011, will focus on the Android and JavaScript modes of Processing 2.0.

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  • Tech Talent in Chicago: Where and How Sizzling Startups Are Finding Interns, New Grads, and Seasoned Pros

    October 03, 2011

    Demand for technology talent – designers, developers, project managers, engineers - continues to soar in Chicago. At DePaul, we hear daily from startups, small businesses, and growing firms who want to access students for interns and graduates for full-time positions. But beyond universities, how are companies finding candidates and how are talented technologists finding the best jobs? What is driving the increase in demand and when will the talent supply catch up?

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  • TechWeek 2011: Develop Your Business on Mobile Devices

    July 01, 2011

    So you’ve established your business and are ready to make it available on a mobile device. Now what?

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