May Meeting Agenda

The next Philly CocoaHeads meeting will be Thursday, May 12th from 6:30pm - 9pm at the Apple Store on 16th and Walnut. After meeting drinks will commence at Fox and Hound Sports Bar at 1501 Spruce 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 LAZ Parking on Chancellor Street.

Meeting Agenda

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Twilio has been a longterm, multi-year sponsor of CocoaHeads.

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 has renewed their sponsorship and is supporting CocoaHeads through 2016!

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. 2016 is sold out but session videos should be available in time. For more info on working at Chariot Solutions see their careers page.

Show and Tell

Zenus VR (Game Demo) , Kevin ‘Phiggs’ Tarr

Zenus VR, is an iOS outer space virtual reality first-person shooter, set out 2,000 years in the future. The game will be demoed using the Google Cardboard glasses and lucky volunteer from the audience. We’ll mirror their experience on the TVs for the rest of us.

Realtime collaborative editing using Operational Transformations, Kostas

Kostas will demo a Swift implementation of an Operational Transformations-based editor and discuss possible uses for the technology.

YapDatabase, Corey Floyd

Overview of Yapdatabase - a database framework. Architecture; Comparison with Core Data; Use cases.

Main Talk

How to Automate Testing of your Swift iOS Apps, Andy Obusek

Automated tests reduce bugs, improve code maintainability, and serves as documentation. The landscape of test tools for iOS software development has never been better. I’m going to walk through examples of how to improve your iOS apps through automated testing using a couple different tools including XCTest, KIF, and FBSnapshotTestCase. While I’m at it, I’ll even show you how test driven development can be adopted with these tools.

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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