October Meeting Agenda

The next Philly CocoaHeads meeting will be Thursday, October 8th 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

Twilio

I’ve very pleased to announce that Twilio has renewed their yearly sponsorship with us. Please consider sending them a thank you email or tweet and more so try out their cool APIs.

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. If you have any question please contact our local representative, Brent Schooley brent@twilio.com.

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

Slowhand Demo, Bob DeKett

The Slowhand Personal Video Tutor is a first-of-its-kind teaching system that turns the world of internet videos into your own private stable of music teachers! Download videos of your favorite artists, lessons, concerts, and more, then use Slowhand’s built-in zoom and loop tools to focus in on the parts you want to learn.

Bob is also looking for help porting this to iMac and iOS.

Slopes 2.0, Curtis Herbert

Feels like a long time ago, but Slopes 1.0 was shown off 2 years ago at CocoaHeads in IndyHall. It’s done pretty well to date, and I’m taking a gamble on a new business model for 2.0. I’ll be showing off the new 2.0 features and talking about how I’m trying to make the app more sustainable from a business perspective.

Object-Oriented Programming - A Refresher for Professionals, Alfonso Guerra

Object-oriented languages have been popular for decades now, but their fundamental philosophies and advantages have been squandered under the strain of unrealistic development schedules and superficial training methods. In this brief presentation, you will be given the concepts and tactics that make OOP useful and help fulfill its promise of code reuse, adaptability and maintainability. Regardless of your programming skill level, you will almost certainly learn something new!

Implementing UIApplicationShortcutItems, Joe Cieplinski

Take advantage of 3D Touch with UIApplicationShortcutItems. These quick launch shortcuts can be added to your app in minutes and can provide great convenience to your customers. Considering how many built-in and 3rd party apps already have them, it’ll only be a short while before NOT having these shortcuts becomes this year’s “not adjusted for the 4.7 and 5-inch screens.” In this demo, we’ll walk through the steps of adding shortcuts and handling them in to two different apps, and discuss the sorts of things that can be done with them.

Whats new with SpriteKit & SceneKit, Kotaro Fujita

A brief overview of all the new things you can do with SpriteKit & SceneKit in iOS 9/El Capitan.

App Demo: 7 Minute Workout for Kids, Fitness Poker, Armen Papshev

A walk through of Armen’s latest apps.

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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360iDev mini is coming to Greenville, SC

360iDev mini is coming back to Greenville, SC. It was an awesome time last year. Great talks, great people, great city. This year its October 5 & 6, two days packed with awesome speakers. Monday night there will be a party with open bar and pizza for all attendees.

They’d love to see iOS developers both new and old, come together in Greenville to help build a strong SouthEast conference for all of us.

You can use the discount code “greenville” for $100 off tickets. Please pass this on to your members. Really looking forward to seeing you all there

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September Meeting Agenda

The next Philly CocoaHeads meeting will be Thursday, September 10th 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

Local News

  • ParkSnap, Amit Rao — In the store soon™.

Sponsors

Twilio

I’ve very pleased to announce that Twilio has renewed their yearly sponsorship with us. Please consider sending them a thank you email or tweet and more so try out their cool APIs.

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. If you have any question please contact our local representative, Brent Schooley brent@twilio.com.

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

Flyclops Game Demo

New Apple TV related release in development. Feedback welcome.

Ben DiFrancesco, Side Project Demo

Talks

Smalltalk - What it is and how it influenced Apple software development for the last 35 yrs., Taun Chapman

This talk will give an overview of the Smalltalk system architecture and how that architecture has influenced Apple development for the last 35 years. It will focus on the technical aspects of Smalltalk with a live demo of a modern Smalltalk system showing how Smalltalk removes many of the pain points programmers experience everyday.

Memory Use in Extensions, Conrad Kramer

It’s been a year since Apple introduced extensions in iOS 8, and developing with them still can be a black box sometimes. I will be talking about the little-known memory limits in extensions, and some common techniques you can use to decrease dirty memory usage. I’ll be drawing from the experience we used to fit the entire Workflow engine into the 16 MB memory limit for notification center widgets.

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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August Meeting Agenda

The next Philly CocoaHeads meeting will be Thursday, August 13th 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

Employment Exchange

We have two recent additions to our job board from SnipSnap and DramaFever. For more information on these posted visit our website:

http://phillycocoa.org/employment-exchange/

Sponsors

Twilio

I’ve very pleased to announce that Twilio has renewed their yearly sponsorship with us. Please consider sending them a thank you email or tweet and more so try out their cool APIs.

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. If you have any question please contact our local representative, Brent Schooley brent@twilio.com.

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

Kostas Nasis, iPad Wall 2.0 (16 iPads!)

Tonic Design App Demo

Vince Bilotta and Jim Oxenford from Tonic Design will be demoing a soon to be released project that Tonic developed for Johnson & Johnson that integrates iPhone, Apple Watch and AppleTV.

Amit Rao, ParkSnap (App Demo)

Talks

Amit Rao, Why mobile application performance monitoring (APM) matters?

Consumers expect your mobile app to launch in no more than 2 seconds. And if they’re unhappy with it in any way, there’s a good chance you won’t see them again. This is why mobile application performance management (APM) matters, and why performance should be a key area of focus in any mobile app creation process. Mobile APM lets you see the end-to-end performance of your app with deep and actionable insight into real users, sessions, and finger swipes, as they happen. This talk will describe and compare the existing technologies and tools for mobile APM and the mobile APM solution I developed for Mint iOS.

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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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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