Vision Accessibility Features for iPhone and Apple Watch

This is a great opportunity for developers to learn about Accessibility for iPhone and Apple Watch. Apple is inviting us to a very special event here at the Apple Store, Walnut Street. Apple:

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join us for this special event and discover accessibility features that help people who are blind or have low vision use iPhone and Apple Watch. Accessibility consultant and developer Austin Seraphin—who has been blind since birth—will talk about how he uses Apple products and guide attendees through programs like VoiceOver.

To reserve your seat, go to apple.com/walnutstreet and scroll down to the page, then click the event title to register.

We hope you can join us!

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CocoaConf Boston 2015, Early Bird Pricing

CocoaConf has always been a huge supporter of CocoaHeads and when their tour stops nearby we’re happy to help promote.

CocoaConf is a touring training conference for iPhone, iPad, and Mac developers. We bring some of the best authors, trainers, and speakers to the most passionate, engaged developers in a region—together, they make magic!

Next up is CocoaConf Boston, September 18th–19th. This year’s early bird pricing ends July 31st so if you want to save some buck be sure to act soon.

We’ll also have a ticket up for raffle at the August Philly CocoaHeads meeting so stay tuned for more info.

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July Meeting Agenda

The next Philly CocoaHeads meeting will be Thursday, July 9th from 6:30pm - 9pm at the Apple Store on 16th and Walnut. After meeting drinks will commence at Fado Irish Pub at 15th and Locust 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.

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

Meeting Agenda

Group Business

Sponsors

Chariot Solutions is a multi-month sponsor, supporting us through the end of the year!

Chariot Solutions is the Greater Philadelphia region’s premier IT consulting firm that specializes in software development, systems integration, mobile application development and training.

Many CocoaHeads are probably familiar with Chariot through their great work hosting the Philly ETE conference (recent archive) and otherwise supporting the tech community. For more info on working at Chariot Solutions see their careers page.

We also continue to welcome Twilio who is our current long term sponsor of Philly CocoaHeads.

Twilio is a software and cloud-based communications platform that enables the rapid build and deploy of powerful, flexible business communications solutions.

Twilio is now also offering real-time video support in addition to their great audio and SMS APIs. For more info check out their website and if you have any question please contact our local representative, Brent Schooley brent@twilio.com.

Show and Tell

Gregory Williams, App Demo

David Dunham, Non-development Aspects of Shipping an App

Talks

Bluetooth Low Energy, Don Coleman

Bluetooth Smart, or Bluetooth Low Energy devices are everywhere. We’ll look at how to discover, connect to, and control these devices with software. You’ll learn how Bluetooth LE works and understand profiles, services, and characteristics. I’ll demonstrate some iOS Bluetooth LE apps and discuss the code behind them.

The History and Future of GNUstep, Gregory Casamento

GNUstep is a cross-platform, object-oriented set of frameworks for desktop application development. GNUstep originated from Cocoa, which itself was previously OpenStep. Gregory is chief maintainer of GNUstep and will provide us the history of and future plans for GNUstep.

About CocoaHeads

Philly CocoaHeads 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 presentation-style meeting is the second Thursday of every month. We also hold a Side Project Saturday events as well as educational workshops. For more on our events see our Meetup page:

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

By attending an event or otherwise participating within the group, you agree to abide by our code of conduct policy.

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

leadership@phillycocoa.org

Group website: http://phillycocoa.org

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June Meeting Agenda

The next Philly CocoaHeads meeting will be Thursday, June 18th from 6:30pm - 9pm at the Apple Store on 16th and Walnut. After meeting drinks will commence at Fado Irish Pub at 15th and Locust 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.

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

Meeting Agenda

Group Business

Sponsors

I’d like to welcome Chariot Solutions as new sponsor. They are supporting us through the end of the year.

Chariot Solutions is the Greater Philadelphia region’s premier IT consulting firm that specializes in software development, systems integration, mobile application development and training.

Many CocoaHeads are familiar with Chariot through their great work hosting the Philly ETE conference (recent archive) and otherwise supporting the tech community. For more info on working at Chariot Solutions see their careers page.

We also continue to welcome Twilio who is our current long term sponsor of Philly CocoaHeads.

Twilio is a software and cloud-based communications platform that enables the rapid build and deploy of powerful, flexible business communications solutions.

Twilio is now also offering real-time video support in addition to their great audio and SMS APIs. For more info check out their website and if you have any question please contact our local representative, Brent Schooley brent@twilio.com.

Show and Tell

App Demo, Bootcamp Thoughts — Ian Smith

For the last 10+ years I have done network administration work. Last year I decided to transition into the development world and decided to go with Objective-C. After some research I decided to take a bootcamp course in NYC called The Flatiron School. For this show and tell I’ll demo an app I built while at the school and talk a little about how the bootcamp worked out.

Meeting App Demo including file sync and dynamic UI — Kostas Nasis

We recently built a meeting app for the Council of Science Editors,. This show and tell will demo the app and talk about some interesting file sync and dynamic UI mechanisms we used in the app.

App Design Review — Armen Papshev

Armen will walk through the designs for his upcoming weather app. You can ask him questions about the design process and provide feedback.

Talks

WWDC Roundtable

We’ll have a round table discussion covering all things WWDC.

About CocoaHeads

Philly CocoaHeads 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 presentation-style meeting is the second Thursday of every month. We also hold a Side Project Saturday events as well as educational workshops. For more on our events see our Meetup page:

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

By attending an event or otherwise participating within the group, you agree to abide by our code of conduct policy.

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

leadership@phillycocoa.org

Group website: http://phillycocoa.org

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Video: Fear, Uncertainty, and Third-Party Libraries by Curtis Herbert

Fear, Uncertainty, and Third-Party Libraries — Curtis Herbert from Philly CocoaHeads on Vimeo.

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Going to be in Philly for WWDC? Join us for the keynote stream!

We’ll be hosting a get together for people interested in watching the WWDC keynote live stream with their fellow CocoaHeads. Details are on our meetup page:

http://www.meetup.com/PhillyCocoaHeads/events/222711398/

Please RSVP so we can get a good head count for food.

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May Meeting Agenda

The next Philly CocoaHeads meeting will be Thursday, May 14th from 6:30pm - 9pm at the Apple Store on 16th and Walnut. After meeting drinks will commence at a local bar to be named later.

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.

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

  • Next Workshop: Explorations in Marketing for Indies Sat, May 16th.
  • Upcoming “Side Project Saturday”: Philly, Saturday May 30th at IndyHall
  • Book Club (New!), see meetup event for more info.
  • Join us on Slack
  • June Meeting Date Change: June 18th (Post WWDC)
  • Website Reboot in progress, Volunteers wanted, Brainstorm notes online.

Industry News

  • Apple Watch
  • WWDC / AltConf
  • Release Notes Conference
  • CocoaLove Conference

Sponsors

We continue to welcome Twilio who is our current long term sponsor of Philly CocoaHeads. Their support helps us provide pizza and refreshments at our main meetings.

Twilio is a software and cloud-based communications platform that enables the rapid build and deploy of powerful, flexible business communications solutions.

For more info check out their website and if you have any question please contact Brent Schooley brent@twilio.com.

Show and Tell

How to become a bluetooth low energy (BLE) developer for under $25, Taun Chapman

There are a lot of exciting developments happening with low energy wireless sensing and Apple led the way with the iPhone 4s. The first mobile device to support the new bluetooth low energy standard. Wireless sensing that can last for months/years on a watch button cell. Did you know you can get in on the fun for only $25? This talk will discuss the available BLE development hardware, how to get it and how to start developing new innovative BLE based apps without needing to be an electrical engineer.”

Debugging Tips, Robert L. Jones

Sharing some tips and tricks I’ve recently been making use of while debugging.

Cross-platform and Language, Pitfalls, Quirks, Anthony Colangelo

I’ve been working on an iOS and Mac framework written in Swift with Objective-C compatibility and will talk about some things to remember when working cross-platform/language.

Fwd Vü - collaborative commerce, Sean Connelly

App Demo. Fwd Vü lets you go “beyond the like” with any business — anywhere! Find a business you love, let them know how much you intend to spend with them over time, and what you’d like in return. SIMPLE - that’s Fwd Vü, collaborative commerce at it’s best!

Talks

Fear, Uncertainty, and Third-Party Libraries — Curtis Herbert

Sometimes fear or a bad experience can hold us back from embracing third-party dependancies that would let us focus more on our customers’ problems than on the technical challenges we need to solve along the way. It can be fun to re-invent the wheel, we are engineers after all, but do we have the time to spare in this market?

I want to take a very pragmatic look at the affects of embracing community libraries. There are lots of non-obvious tradeoffs we make when we choose to either embrace or re-invent, and I’ll be looking at those tradeoffs as they relate to common reasons I hear from people about why they are afraid to embrace third-party libraries.

About CocoaHeads

Philly CocoaHeads 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 presentation-style meeting is the second Thursday of every month. We also hold a Side Project Saturday events as well as educational workshops. For more on our events see our Meetup page:

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

By attending an event or otherwise participating within the group, you agree to abide by our code of conduct policy.

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

leadership@phillycocoa.org

Group website: http://phillycocoa.org

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April Meeting Agenda

The next Philly CocoaHeads meeting will be Thursday, April 9th from 6:30pm - 9pm at the Apple Store on 16th and Walnut. After meeting drinks will commence at a local bar to be named later.

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.

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

  • Upcoming “Side Project Saturday”: Philly, Saturday April 25th at IndyHall
  • Next Workshop: Explorations in Marketing for Indies Sat, May 16th.
  • New Book Club, see blog post.
  • Join us on Slack
  • Website Reboot in progress, Volunteers wanted, Brainstorm notes online.

Industry News

  • Apple Watch, April 24th (Preorder on April 10th)
  • WWDC Lottery Soon? (was April 3rd last year)

Sponsors

We continue to welcome Twilio who is our current long term sponsor of Philly CocoaHeads. Their support helps us provide pizza and refreshments at our main meetings.

Twilio is a software and cloud-based communications platform that enables the rapid build and deploy of powerful, flexible business communications solutions.

For more info check out their website and if you have any question please contact Brent Schooley brent@twilio.com.

Show and Tell

We’ll have some extra time for show and tell, if you want to do something let @zorn know.

Talks

App Store Marketing Follow-up, Armen Papshev

A quick overview of some marketing accomplishments based on presentation I gave in February. Why it’s not all about pricing and how adoptive pricing should be used based on app store economics.

Code Patterns, Michael Zornek

This talk covers a handful of code patterns that were successful on my recent projects. Some of these patterns include Block Safety, “Tell, Don’t Ask”, Using DataSources for your network-based *Service objects.

About CocoaHeads

Philly CocoaHeads 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 presentation-style meeting is the second Thursday of every month. We also hold a Side Project Saturday events as well as educational workshops. For more on our events see our Meetup page:

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

By attending an event or otherwise participating within the group, you agree to abide by our code of conduct policy.

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

leadership@phillycocoa.org

Group website: http://phillycocoa.org

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Introducing Book Club

Book Club is a new event series for Philly CocoaHeads. The basic idea is we’ll pick a book, something related to Apple development, and then define a reading assignment (usually 2-3 chapters). Every two week we meet over Google Hangout (or similar video service) to talk about the reading and help each other answer questions.

The first book will be the upcoming 5th addition of Cocoa Programming for OS X: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, which is due out sometime in mid to late April. Preorders are available on Amazon.

If you are interested in Book Club please sign up for the Meetup event and join the #book-club room on our Slack chat.

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CocoaLove 2015

Guess who’s baaaaaack!

If you’re interested, please join the mailing list and save the date. October 9th-11th.

CocoaLove 2015

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