November Meeting Agenda

The next Philly CocoaHeads meeting will be Thursday, November 12th 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:

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

Industry News

  • AppleTV, released
  • iPad Pro, very soon.
  • Xcode 7.1 w/ iOS 9.1 (stable), 7.2 with iOS 9.2 (beta)

Community News



Twilio is our longterm sponsor, supporting CocoaHeads for well over a year now.

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

Save the date: SIGNAL, Twilio’s developer conference for communications is coming up, May 24 & 25, 2016 in San Francisco. Twilio is also hosting rebroadcasts of the previous SIGNAL conference followed up by live QA with the product team. Check out the website for more info.

Chariot Solutions

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.

Show and Tell

Scout, SnipSnap’s new saving assistant, Ian Smith

Overview of how the SnipSnap team was able to build a complete chat based product in two months.

Promises for the Future, Andrew Theken

Asynchronous programming is a cornerstone of creating responsive applications. There are many patterns that have been tried over the years to help programmers write async code without losing their minds. One particularly elegant pattern for dealing with the async operations is called “Promises” (or ‘Deferred,’ or ‘Futures’). PromiseKit is a framework that makes it easier to write async code, allowing you to to keep a more linear flow in your async code. I’ll cover some of the basic use cases for PromiseKit and how they can make your OS X or iOS applications easier to build and maintain.

Load Testing, Richard Friedman

Record mobile api calls on iOS using Apache JMeter and then play them back scale it out to simulate hundreds or thousands of users.

Supportify for iOS, Jordan Yaker

Supportify is a smart help center focused on allowing people to provide better help and support content in less time. The goal of the iOS component is to provide a convenient SDK that enabled iOS developers to easily include a help-center component within any iOS application.


SpriteKit/SceneKit: Then and Now, Kotaro Fujita

An overview on what’s new in SpriteKit and SceneKit in iOS 9. What these changes mean to the overall iOS ecosystem. What they mean to the gaming community as a whole.

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:

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.

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