Month: March 2011
Here are links from the News presentation. I’ll make a point going forward to post them here right after each meeting.
iOS Debugging Magic
Apple Technical Note TN2239
Langwich Translation Service
iOS Inspires Me
Developers Against Poverty
NSConference UK 2011
Desert Code Camp Spring 2011
Voices That Matter
iPhone Developers Conference
iPhone/iPad DevCon East
NSCoders Phoenix (East Valley)
NSCoders Scottsdale (neé Xcode Phoenix Lab)
Cocoaheads Phoenix (neé Xcode Phoenix)
Phoenix iOS Developer Group
I’ve tallied the results of the 2011 Meeting Survey. 34 people participated, providing some interesting results.
All charts total 100%. Think of a 100% stacked column chart as pie charts untwisted into a column in order to reduce visual bias.
The results of the presentation topic questions are grouped by how many people were in favor of the topic compared to those not in favor. Respondents indicated their interest in a topic using a five-point range. In these charts, think of the colors as a stoplight, with green for “Very Interested,” red for “Not Interested,” and yellow for “No Preference.” The overlaid numbers show the totals of the green plus green yellow (those who are interested) and the red plus orange (those who are explicitly not interested).
Strongly in Favor
In this group 2/3 or more of respondents were interested and were few or none were opposed.
In this group fewer respondents were interested but there were a large number who could go either way or who were actively not interested.
In this group less than half of the respondents were interested. The rest could go either way or were actively uninterested.
The survey asked about your primary location in the Phoenix Metro Area. It likely comes as no surprise that most respondents indicated that they were on the eastern side of town, at least in part due to the meeting location and that it was founded there. It does make me wonder if there are more developers in the north and west who would be interested in meetings closer to their part of town.
The respondents are nearly all developers of some kind, which certainly makes sense. It’s interesting to see (and pleases my geeky heart) that most folks are experienced with writing native iOS apps in Objective-C and not with the various cross-platform code-generating frameworks. The survey choices for each Programming Experience question were None, Some, Quite a Bit, or A Lot.
Most of the respondents have published or helped publish an iOS app, though there’s a larger percentage than I would have guessed who have not. The survey choices for each Software Publishing question were Never, Helped Create, or Created and Published.
Comments added to survey responses included the following:
The only reason I ranked CODING so low is it seems to devolve into a my style is better than your style war… realize it may be beneficial for noobs.
Good insight, this is definitely something we can work on. I’ll prepare my Dr. Evil “Zip It.”
I’m a rookie “new guy” but many of you have been helping me a great deal. I take classes, study tutorials, and watch Stanford video’s, go to NSCoder meetings as well… I am just starting my 2nd year of this adventure…
Very glad to hear that a “noob” finds the meetings useful.
The meetings are far far far too long. At least they were. I stopped going because the 2-3 hour meetings were a drain. People need time boxes and have them enforced so that people can be there. I would much rather see less quantity more quality content.
I stopped attending Pi meetings some months ago, mostly because the hour-long attendee introductions were redundant and non-productive. The resulting 3-4 hour meetings were way too long. 2 hours total from start-to-finish is plenty.
Since I started running the meetings last August, once I got into the groove I think I’ve been successful keeping the length to 2 hours (7-9), running over no more than 15 minutes (with the exception of the accessibility meeting). It’s meant pushing some presentations to future months, but I think it’s been worth it. I’ve been planning to do this for a while, but starting next meeting I’ll be using an iPad presenter’s clock, showing the presenter the allotted time remaining.
To those who haven’t been to a meeting in a while, I encourage you to check one out again.
I actually like what the current structure is like. Start out with meeting info, then industry news, then into app demos and/or coding suggestions/tips/hints. I was at one of the meetings where Jiva spoke about delegates and the proper way to implement. I thought it was very well done and insightful.
I liked last nights with your info of “debugging magic” from Apple and the other things like Langwich Translation, iosinspires.me, Testflight, etc.
Based on the survey results I’ll either be cutting the news out or slimming it way, way down, reserving it for major product/OS announcements and the like. The new website (soon, soon) will better present a lot of the news info, and will serve as a better resource.
More topics for beginners
That would be great, I’ll definitely solicit some. If we keep the beginning tutorials and such to 20 minutes or so, it should keep experienced folks from becoming too bored while better serving the beginners.
It’s all good, I am just happy these meetings continue…