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We’re back! As promised at the conclusion of Pythonista 101, we’re back with a new series detailing Pythonista and the process of building useful utilities in the Python language.

Before you’re introduced to the course material for Secondary Pythonista, let us briefly review what was covered in Pythonista 101.
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iOS is among the greatest success stories in the technology world. The rate of growth, the number of users, the simplicity of the interface, and the sheer number of functional programs available for the platform boggles the mind.

But I did say among; iOS is not the number one mobile operating system in most metrics. Android, the mobile operating system designed and maintained by Google, reigns supreme in overall marketshare, in devices shipped, and in manufacturers who use the software. (more…)

It’s Productivity Month on iPad.AppStorm! Throughout July, we plan to share with you all our tips, tricks, apps and resources to help you both improve your iPad experience and work better and more productively!

To-do applications are literally a dime a dozen in today’s App Store. Most adequately cover the basics: task creation, setting some sort of deadline or other way to prioritize items, and finally task completion. They all tend to work in a similar way, and most simply use Apple’s stock theme for applications. Some are advertised towards hardcore users, while some are billed as simple running lists of tasks that need to be completed.

Task is more of the latter. From the design, to the feature set, everything about Task shouts “less is more.” (more…)

In the last Pythonista 101 article we discussed modules. Modules are Python scripts that come bundled with Pythonista giving us access to new and interesting features. Because of the sandboxed nature of iOS, what comes bundled in with apps like Pythonista is really all that we have to work with. When compared with the free reign found on Mac OS X, Linux, and even Windows, this may seem restrictive. Fortunately the developers of Pythonista have done a fantastic job packing as many modules into Pythonista as possible. Today we’re going to look over some more, as well as examine some real-world scenarios that Pythonista could assist with.

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If you’ve been with us since the beginning of Pythonista 101, you know that we’ve covered quite a bit of ground. Going from simply installing the app, navigating around the potentially intimidating interface, and even installing some scripts we found on the web. Then we graduated to breaking down those scripts we found, and making some modifications to them.

Well now it’s time to graduate even further, and look at where the real power and potential in Pythonista comes from: modules.

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After the last article you should now be familiar with the Pythonista app as well as the eager community of developers which support it. While we did create a new script and learn how to import other scripts into Pythonista, we didn’t actually write any Python code. And while we won’t be writing any scripts from scratch this time, we will be learning how to read a Python program, as well as to modify certain aspects of it to add functionality or make it our own.

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With all of the talk about the release of iOS 7 and a change to a flatter, less skeuomorphic design, we’ve been wondering how Apple would accomplish the move without losing clarity. After all, a pretty interface isn’t any good to anyone if you can’t get it to do what you want.

Apple closed out their WWDC 2013 keynote with an introduction to iOS 7, and a huge focus was on how it looks. We know Apple can make something look nice, but can a flatter design make iOS work better on your iPad? (more…)

A real asset to Pythonista is the enthusiastic developer community that’s sprung up around the app. The Pythonista Forums are a rich source of support when struggling to debug a script of your own, or when looking to release a script for use by the rest of the Pythonista community.

As it has become a common place to post Pythonista scripts, we’ll be showing off a few select examples found in the Pythonista forums to help give you an idea of the sort of thing Pythonista is capable of. We’ll also explain how to integrate a script from the web into your copy of Pythonista.

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Welcome students.

Over the next three weeks you’ll go from being Python novices to Pythonistas. You’ll be learning how to use the app Pythonista to leverage the power of the Python programming language and expand what you previously thought possible using iOS.

Before we dive into what Pythonista is, why it’s interesting, and what we’ll cover in this series, let me explain a bit about Python, the programming language Pythonista uses.
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Apple’s dominant iPad platform does not have a shortage of web browsers. From Apple’s own excellent Safari to Google’s rising Chrome, the iPad enjoys quality web browsers that compete with each other for the use of consumers. While the previous two browsers are certainly among the more popular, there are other applications that compete in other ways. The Puffin Web Browser is on the forefront of these browsers, offering various features not found on any of the more popular choices.

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