Programming languages are practical tools used to solve real-life problems. So naturally, the best way to learn a programming language — and by extension a programming utility like Pythonista — is by solving a real-life problem with it. That’s what we’re going to do here in Secondary Python, take an idea for a program, something that solves a problem, and then use Python and Pythonista to build a solution to that problem.

So without further ado, lets examine the project brief.

Gordon Ramsay: either you love him or you hate him. I’m a fan, and so downloading the app Gordon Ramsay Cook With Me was a no brainer. The description offers a collection of recipes and video demos and Gordon’s promise to “show you how to cook yourself into a better cook.” At a cost of $7.99 for the app with additional costs for recipe bundles, my first thought was, “This guy’s pretty proud of his app, we’ll see if it’s that good.”

If you’re like me, you’re interested to find out what this Michelin worthy chef’s favorite recipes are and excited to learn a new trick or two from the master. Maybe you’re looking to up your game in the kitchen this fall? Cooking with Gordon Ramsay is sure to make you a better, more disciplined cook.

Are you ready to get schooled by the chef from Hell’s Kitchen? Keep reading.


Role-playing games are a time-tested classic and one of my favourite video game genres. When you think of good RPGs, the first thing that springs to mind isn’t usually mobile devices, however, that assumption can be put to one side once you try out Pocket Legends for iPad.

Pocket Legends is the most featured RPG and the largest MMO out there for the iPad. I was a bit of a skeptic when I was first told about it; with no price tag, the deal seemed to good to be true. Rest assured though, it has a lot to offer for RPG fans. Lets see what makes this game as good as it is. (more…)

Grid represents some of the latest ideas in the iOS creativity space: gone are the antiquated menu commands found in Microsoft Office, replaced by a focus on a clean interface, collaboration, performance, and gestures. Just how far does Grid go? Is Grid the future of spreadsheets and data organization, or is it just a glorified scrapbooking application for iOS? Read on! (more…)

It would seem to me that we are in an age of numbers. Data is heralded as the solution to virtually any problem, whether the task being tackled is website optimization with Google Analytics, or the effective tracking of personal finance using Mint. Thanks to Nike+, you can even chart your progress towards being an Olympic athlete…or not.

Along with the obvious shared subject of data, these leaders in their respective fields also share a particular attribute — a heavy bias towards data visualization. Numerous studies have shown that when figures are presented in a more graphical, comprehensible form, they become more engaging and instructive. The success of services like, and the ubiquitousness of the infographics created with them, is surely testament to this.

So why, then, isn’t there a service, a platform, or an app which provides visualizations of the measurable data we create every day? You know — stuff like work done and money spent. A new, $1.99 app called mem:o is hoping to fill this apparent gap in the data marketplace with a mixture of simplicity and beauty. Whether it is worth spending the time logging hours of sleep or grocery bill totals just to get some geeky graphics is a conundrum I’m hoping to solve….

Pinboard is a simple social bookmarking service with a strong focus on speed, discovery and organisation (using tags). With a powerful API, a vast number of ways in which you can add bookmarks to it and blazing fast search, Pinboard is well worth the price of admission and has quickly become the home for the bookmarks of thousands of users.

Pinner is a universal app that leverages Pinboard’s API to bring its benefits and power to the comfort of your device. After having used it as my main Pinboard client for a couple of weeks now, I’ve found it to be of great value and can honestly say that the more popular and mainstream apps are in for some competition. Here’s why.


I can hardly wait for the release of iOS 7, but it’s true that I’ve been seeking out apps that embrace flatter design for a while. While I’m certainly excited for all of the iOS default apps and the rest of the environment to catch up, my iPad is already chock full of apps that are moving on from skeuomorphism. I’m going to run through some of my favorites that are already good to go for iOS 7. (more…)

Aren’t you sometimes reluctant to go to the gym on a weekday after a long day at work? But of course, you’ll feel guilty if you don’t work out, because you won’t burn the calories from that desert your ate at lunch!

What if I told you there’s a way to work out at home with the help of your iPad? Thanks to Workout Trainer, you can turn your tablet into a personal coach and do the right exercises based on your needs.

It has almost been a full year since the App Store has undergone the most significant transformation since being opened for business. Entering back into the App Store for each new download barely remains a memory these days. Prominent banners are now the norm instead of “new and exciting”. With the new iOS 6.0 App Store becoming more normal with the passage of time, I wanted to look back and see if the redesign has been effective. Is it easier to find apps? Are quality apps still being featured? Let’s dive in and see if the redesign has been a true benefit for consumers and developers.


At the risk of sounding obnoxious, I spend a lot of time trying out new iPad apps, and it’s hard to surprise me. It’s hard to grab my attention and make me take notice, especially with a game. The App Store is filled with endless runners and Infinity Blade clones.

But sometimes an indie game knocks my socks off and completely surprises me. Sometimes, I can’t put my iPad down and play on it way later than I should at night, and then miss out on a good night’s sleep.

That’s a small lie, because I never used to get sucked into an iPad game all hours into the night. But then I played Limbo.


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