Showing posts with label GroundControl. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GroundControl. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Updating iOS Applications with GroundControl

The idea behind GroundControl is simple, the application fetches a remote property list and updates its NSUserDefaults with the contents of the property list. Even though many applications download data from a dedicated backend to dynamically update their contents, the strategy that I will lay out in this article is ideal if a dedicated backend isn't an option or exceeds your application's requirements.

The setup discussed in this tutorial is lightweight and inexpensive. Not only is it inexpensive, it is also easy to maintain, which is a factor often overlooked by both clients and developers.

It is important to emphasize that property lists are ideal for small chunks of data and shouldn't be used as a replacement for a dedicated backend. If an application needs to be updated on a daily basis with new content then the strategy dicussed in this tutorial won't cut it.

To illustrate how all the different pieces fit together, we will build an iOS application appropriately named Remote Control. Even though the application itself won't do much, by integrating GroundControl to update the application's NSUserDefaults it will become clear how easy it is to remotely update an application with very little overhead. Let's get started.


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