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Cool things I did in 2018

  • Became a proud godfather of a gorgeous goddaughter
  • Rode over 1000 km on my electric scooter, including one continuous ride of over 25km from Buftea to Bucharest (1500+km since I first got my e-twow)
  • Rode a 50cc motorbike on the sunny roads of Thailand’s Koh Lanta … with both Vio and Eva in the back, just like a local
  • My first transatlantic flight, and the view of Manhattan from the rooftop of a 57 stories skyscraper.
  • Stargazed, moonlight picnicked and slept in the car on some Black Sea secluded beaches
  • learned the basics of Arduino and built my first hardware projects
  • I found about and subscribed to BookBub – an email newsletter of (mostly)Kindle ebook special offers (bestsellers that usually cost $15+ for $2 or so). I thus grew my official Kindle library tenfold

iOS dev : on-device spotlight search for app contents

For the AdoreMe iOS app (the ecommmerce startup I’ve been working since last year), a feature I’ve personally wanted to add for a long time while is integration with Spotlight search of the product categories pages.

Lately I’ve started working on it, and would like to share with you some of the insights I discovered and practices I used:

To keep things as decoupled as possible, I created a separate class SpotlightHelper where I placed all search-related functionality.

Dean Allen

It’s weird how, due to the Internet, one’s life gets influenced by remote strangers, more than we could have ever imagined. And I’m not just talking about famous world-changing guys such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Sergey Brin or Mark Zuckerberg. I’m also referring to the normal fellows who, with their minor contributions, ended up making a butterfly effect impact in the lives of others.