App Rot

There seems to be some doom-and-gloom lately in the indie Cocoa development scene. What do you think? Is there still room for us to make money as independent developers making our own products? Is the dream dead?

App Rot

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A Candid Look at Unread’s First Year

A hard and honest look at how an app developer does and how hard it is to do decent business in the App Store.

A Candid Look at Unread’s First Year

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Prefixes Considered Passé

Some of this is due to Swift. What do you think?

Prefixes Considered Passé

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CocoaLove Conference - Tickets Available on Thursday

CocoaLove

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CocoaLove Conference is a brand new conference that highlights the iOS/Mac community’s passions, challenges, and triumphs. This will be three days of insightful conversations with iOS/Mac peers and some delicious Philly cheesesteaks memories. We aspire to have our attendees leave with a strong sense of community and a rejuvenated inspiration to do great things.

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Speaker List

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A better way to ask “how much would it cost to develop this app?”

Doing a lot of consulting these days, I’ve gotten a lot out of this article. If you are an small consulting firm or a freelancer, this is a good read.

A better way to ask “how much would it cost to develop this app?”

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Marco Arment’s app Overcast shows links to his competitors in the app’s settings.

Hope this becomes a trend.

Marco Arment’s Overcast App Setting

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Why Apple’s Swift Language Will Instantly Remake Computer Programming

Nice behind the scenes look at Swift and its creator, Chris Lattner.

Why Apple’s Swift Language Will Instantly Remake Computer Programming

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Breaking Changes to Swift in Xcode 6 Beta 3

Yeah. Lots of changes in the latest version of Swift. Gotta love Betas!

Breaking Changes to Swift in Xcode 6 Beta 3

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July Meeting Agenda

The next Philly CocoaHeads meeting will be Thursday, July 10th from 6:30pm - 9pm at the Apple Store on 16th and Walnut. After meeting drinks will commence at Nodding Head Brewery located at 1516 Sansom Street.

Please RSVP via Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/PhillyCocoaHeads/

When you arrive at the Apple Store let one of the store employees know you are there for CocoaHeads and they will let you into the back where you can come up to the second floor briefing room space. If you are having any trouble feel free to call MikeZ’s cell (267-563-0616)

For folks who drive in and need parking one lot recommend by the store is from Patriot Parking on Chancellor Street.

http://goo.gl/maps/l9p3I

Meeting Agenda

Group Business

  • 360|iDev Contest Drawing
  • Next “Side Project Saturday” is Saturday, July 26th @ IndyHall
  • CocoaLove Updates
  • Workshops are coming!

Show and Tell

In addition to being an open mic to demo new apps or code, Show and Tell also invites people to bring problems or design issues they are encountering in current projects for feedback.

Some planned show and tell includes:

  • Using OmniGraffle to help plan out app architecture - Mike Zornek
  • App Demo: Happ Puzzle - Hugh O’Neill
  • App Demo: Text, a notification-based messenger - Clay Zug

Talks

Sprite Kit: A game changer or wasted opportunity? — Kotaro Fujita

Last year, Apple’s finally supplies the Cocoa community with a gaming framework. We dive into the heart of this exclusive iOS7/8 framework. What it is. How it came to be. How to develop on it. How does it compare to other frameworks. And finally, should you develop on it or is it still not ready for prime time?

Modern UITableView, by Mike Zornek

There are only a handful of other UIKit objects that are as pervasive amongst iOS applications as our good friend UITableView. Thus, having a strong understanding of UITableView is a huge step into becoming a great iOS programmer. In this talk we will review the basics of UITableView as well as explain how it’s API has changed over the years and what’s upcoming with iOS 8.

About CocoaHeads

PhillyCocoa is the Philadelphia area Mac and iPhone programming group, a chapter of the worldwide CocoaHeads. All skill levels are welcome. The only requirement is an interest in Apple-related technologies and moderate tolerance for geeking out.

The main CocoaHeads presentation-style meeting is the second Thursday of every month. We also hold a Side Project Saturday event the last Saturday of the month. For more on our events see our Meetup page:

http://www.meetup.com/PhillyCocoaHeads/

We are always looking for feedback and suggestions on what topics to discuss at our meetings. Please reach out if you have any comments.

Group website: http://phillycocoa.org

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MVVM Tutorial with ReactiveCocoa

A really nice introduction to Model View ViewModel pattern (MVVM) which is nice contrast to Model View Controller pattern we iOS are use to. Also good intro to ReactiveCocoa and why it might a good solution for certain scenarios.

MVVM Tutorial with ReactiveCocoa: Part 1

MVVM Tutorial with ReactiveCocoa: Part 2

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