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Screen name: Aral Balkan
Title/Functional role: UX Designer and Developer
Company name: Naklab
Project title: ‘Avit
Time to complete: 1 month

Project details: ‘Avit is an iPhone application that lets you scan the barcode from a book and start reading it virtually on your iPhone using the Safari Books Online mobile site. If the book you scanned is not on Safari Books Online, you can carry out a price search to find the lowest price for the book based on your location. You can find out more about the app and see it in action at I built the basic app in about a week but it has taken a month or so to reach the final version which will be submitted to the App Store shortly.

What do you read?: Beginning iPhone Development (Dave Mark, Jeff LaMarche; Apress), Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X (Aaron Hillegass), The Essential Guide to Open Source Flash Development (myself and other authors, Friends of ED), Foundation Actionscript 3.0 Animation: Making Things Move! (Keith Peters, Friends of ED), Programming Collective Intelligence: Building Smart Web 2.0 Applications (Toby Segaran, O’Reilly), The Best Software Writing I (Joel Spolsky, Apress), The Definitive Guide to Django: Web Development Done Right, Second Edition (Adrian Holovaty and Jacob Kaplan-Moss, Apress), iPhone Games Projects (PJ Cabrera, Apress), The iPhone Developer’s Cookbook: Building Applications with the iPhone SDK (Erica Sadun), jQuery in Action (Bear Bibeault, Yehuda Katz, and John Resig; Manning)

11-12-2009 8-47-20 AM

Tags: 'Avit, apress, aral balkan, beautifully geeky, Coder Challenge & Other Contests, erica sadun, iPhone app, iPhone development, manning, Naklab, oreilly, Safari Books Online,

4 Responses to “Super Techie Coder Challenge – ‘Avit (scan the barcode from a book and start reading it on your iPhone)”

  1. rosestclair

    This is very cool! I can’t wait to try it out. When will it be available in the app store?

  2. aral

    Thanks, Rose! :)

    I am currently working hard on last minute changes (that I’ve had to implement for reasons beyond my control) with a view toward submitting it to the App Store by November 15th. A little bird told me that that is the unofficial deadline for submission for an app to stand any chance of being approved by Christmas. So my entirely unscientific, imprecise – and perhaps rather hopeful and naïve – estimate is that should be available on the App Store “by Christmas”.


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