Matt Finucane

Irish Times

Irish Times news app for iPhone.

About this project

This is the content delivery application for the Irish Times, the paper of record in Ireland.

Work on this project started in December 2012 and it took approximately 60 days to complete. The project can be seen live here.

The brief

Our job was to rewrite this application from scratch with the following features:

Project planning and development

Given the issues we had encountered with cross-platform development in the past, we decided to implement this project natively.

The target platform was any device that could run iOS 4.2 and up and we used Cocoapods to handle any third party dependencies.

CoreData was used to store items for offline viewing. User preferences were stored using NSUserDefaults.

Content was delivered as HTML encoded inside a JSON feed. We used a webview to render article content, calculating the size when the content had finished loading so we could place the widgets for an article detail view in the correct place.