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How I “killed” a Bug on my published App without touching the code! ;-)

Hi!

This post consists on just a little curiosity which I decided to share with you but, hopping that it will maybe make you think a little different, the next time you find a bug on your App…

There has been almost 3 months since we launched South Africa 2010 Soccer Scores.

Today I was reviewing its code and doing some changes because our next planned app will be based on that. Then I was completely surprised when I discovered a little bug that nobody had reported neither we had never noticed!

The little bug is that on the “About” tab of our App:

SA2010SS-About(marked)

SA2010SS - About screen tab

the link that I marked with yellow on the above screen-shot is WRONG!

Why is it wrong? Because it should link to: “http://xphone.me/sa2010ss” instead of “http://xphone.me/wcs2010“.

That happened for a reason that I’ll also share with you…

The wrong link was because our original submitted App name was “World Cup Scores 2010” but due to the possibility of some FIFA legal copyright/trademarks infringement with the expression “World Cup”, we had to change it at the last hour, to the final name “South Africa 2010 Soccer Scores”.

In order to maintain the coherence we had also changed our original web page about that App, from the “http://xphone.me/wcs2010” URL to the new one “http://xphone.me/sa2010ss“.

Well it seems we updated all the image assets but we forgot that little link on the “About” tab!

Today when I discovered it, the first thought on my head was to correct the code and update the App on the App Store. That would be simple but why should I do that if probably almost nobody will update this App since the World Cup had already finished quite a long time. Simple conclusion: it is not worth the effort!

But because I don’t like to known that there are some living bugs on my code and I would like that if someone click on that link he/she can reach our web page and not a blank error page, I thought a little more on this issue and then I realized, the solution was even simpler… I had just created a simple “index.html” page on “http://xphone.me/wcs2010” that redirects the users the right page! And now the insect is killed! 🙂

Disclaimer: I have nothing against real bugs! 😉

Well, this post doesn’t teach you anything special but I think it can give you an useful message:

  • the obvious solution is not always the best choice!


By the way, if you want to know a little more about SA2010SS, read my old post: “My first iPhone App on the App Store! 🙂“.

New Project… New iPhone…

That’s it! New project…

I’m working against the clock trying to implement an iPhone App dedicated to the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa.

I have a friend who promissed to help me with the graphics, let’s wait I can arrange the time (in my little spare time!) to make a functional prototype! If I can do it, then my friend will do the graphics, we’ll polish ant test the App and try to launch it in the App Store!

Unfortunately I only had this idea a few days ago (it didn’t existed on the App Store, now I can see some similar Apps), but I think that it will be nice to try hard to achieve it, so that I/we can at least gain some more experience on iPhone development.

I hope luck is on our side!

Now, the new iPhone…

Today, Apple announced the new iPhone 4 (powered by the new Apple A4 processor) and featuring quite a lot of new interesting features, like:

  • Multitasking
  • Retina Display, an incredible 960×640 resolution, glass display with a
  • 5 MegaPixel Camera with a LED Flash
  • FaceTime (video calls)
  • 720p HD Video Recording (up to 30fps)
  • Improved Battery Time and so on…

Apple, also announced the new iOS4 that will be available through a free software update. Unfortunately it will be compatible with all previous iPhone versions, except my 2G! :-/

You can see the new iOS4 features on the following page: “http://www.apple.com/iphone/softwareupdate/“.

With so much Apps on my iPhone, the Folders new feature would be very welcome!

I’m also curious and interesting in exploring 2 new features:

  • Gift Apps and
  • Apple’s iAds.

Well, now I have some code to type…

Ricardo

PS:  Here you have a nice video about the new iPhone 4 design: “http://www.apple.com/iphone/design/index.html#design-video“.

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