Month: May 2011

June 2011 iOS Developer Group Meeting: WWDC Ho

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WWDC and the lowdown on iOS 5, iCloud, and Mac OS X Lion are just days away: get your iOS info-overload booster shot before next week’s news deluge begins by attending this month’s meeting.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
7:00pm-9:00pm

Come as early as 6:30 for informal networking and discussion before the presentations begin, and join us for less formal discussion at the nearby sports bar afterwards.

Updates, News, & Events

Tons of news that affects iOS devs, crammed into the smallest possible amount of time. — Matthew Frederick

10 Myths About Concurrency in Objective-C

Threading and concurrency are the number one source of alopecia in semi-advanced iOS development; now that iOS devices can have multiple processor cores debugging multi-threading becomes even more “fun”. — Jiva DeVoe, Random Ideas, LLC

Doom, Gloom, and the Android OS

(This presentation is pushed from last month: no discussion of controversial development news this month, so we’ll fit everything this month.) You’ve surely seen the headlines: iOS is doooooomed, Android development is where it’s at, abandon iOS now, or at least split your attention! Learn about the actual trends and likely future, backed up with some real numbers and an informative chart or two, to help you decide for yourself. — Matthew Frederick

University of Advancing Technology (UAT)
2625 West Baseline Road
Tempe, AZ 85283
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May 2011 Meeting Links and Notes

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Thanks to Brad Miller and everyone who contributed to the May meeting, including some great questions and conversations during the presentations. Here are most or all of the links associated with the presentations:

Updates, News, & Events

MacLegion App BundleScreenFlow and 10 other apps for $50, for the next 7 days. Great for creating video app demos.

Cocoa Objects: A great collection of links to Cocoa and Cocoa-Touch open source libraries.

Cocoa Controls: Another collection of links to Cocoa and Cocoa-Touch open source libraries. More active voters and much less overlap with Cocoa Objects than you’d think.

Links to various articles on the crazy Pay-Per-Install app promotion system and the promo-code-review-exchange system in a separate post.

Xcode 4: Ally or Nemesis?

Brad suggested using the open source Mac app Ingredients for searching developer documentation and related websites.

App Dev Challenge Signup

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At the last meeting I officially announced the App Dev Challenge and provided a link to signing up. About 20 of you indicated you were interested in participating, but so far only one of you has followed through, so here’s a reminder.

Presenting the 2011 App Dev Challenge

The App Dev Challenge is a program designed to help you actually get that app built that you’ve been thinking about for months or even years. Don’t let it sit in your brain becoming ever-more-impossible-to-realize brain crack and get it out into the world.

You Provide

Your Idea: It’s essential that you commit to building an app you care about. It doesn’t have to change the world, it’s just important that you want to see it come alive. Ideas really are a dime-a-dozen,but well-implemented ideas can be extremely valuable. If nothing else the satisfaction of completing the app and getting it into the store is worth a lot.

Your Intent: Your determination to complete your app will be supplemented by encouragement and a bit of pressure from the group, but your intent to get it done will still be the real driver.

Your Effort: Actually sitting down and designing your app, laying out the interface, writing the code, and testing the heck out of it is all on your shoulders, so it’s essential to pledge your actual time and work effort in order to achieve success.

You Receive

Encouragement: The group will provide encouragement at every Pi meeting, at other iOS-oriented functions like NSCoders and Cocoaheads, and on the mailing list. Pi is all about developers helping developers and the App Dev Challenge is a structured framework for getting that encouragement.

Advice: Most of the group members are more than happy to share their accumulated experience, wisdom, and opinions. With many professional app developers in the group you’re sure to get the advice you need.

Support: When you’re having technical or logistical trouble other members will often be able to provide support at meetings and on the list. Note that this does not commit any member to a level of support; everyone has their own projects and priorities, and while you’ll likely never want for good suggestions from other members, it’s essential that you respect that any and all help and advice is purely voluntary.

How It Works

  1. Sign Up: Right this minute go take a look at the Sign Up Form. Even if you’re not quite ready to fill it out, review the questions so you’ll know what you’ll need to decide in order to complete it. And hey, go ahead and fill it out now if there’s any way you can: it’ll only take 5 to 10 minutes and will actually get your project in motion.
  2. Work on Your App: Put the time in and start building your app. During the news segment of each monthly Pi meeting we’ll provide some guidance on how to make progress; it’ll still be your hours of effort that will actually get the work done.
  3. Report Your Progress: Come to the monthly Pi meeting every (or nearly every) month and arrive a bit early, around 6:30. You’ll have 1–3 minutes and the option of displaying 1-2 Keynote slides or equivalent info in order to update everyone on your progress so far and to announce what you plan to achieve in the coming month. This regular check-in is designed to help hold you accountable to making progress; if you don’t get much done in a month you won’t be chastised for it, but the group will likely make suggestions for how to ensure that the next month is more productive. If you have to abandon the project you certainly can bow out of the challenge, but we encourage you to think long and hard about whether you really have to bail: sometimes pushing through when it seems most likely to fail becomes the source of a key experience you’ll take with you into the future.

What Are You Waiting For?

Do it today, you won’t regret it!

May 2011 iOS Developer Group Meeting: Star Wars Day

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What better day to focus on the coolest sci-fi tech in our daily lives than Star Wars Day?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
7:00pm-9:00pm

Come as early as 6:30 for informal networking and discussion before the presentations begin, and join us for less formal discussion at the nearby sports bar afterwards.

Updates, News, & Events

Tons of news that affects iOS devs, crammed into the smallest possible amount of time. — Matthew Frederick

Xcode 4: Ally or Nemesis?

Jedi Master Brad Miller provides a whirlwind tour around the Xcode 4 galaxy where you’ll learn about all of the cool new features and how to deal with the loss of some of your favorites. “A disturbance in the Force” indeed. — Brad Miller, Cynical Peak Software, LLC

Doom, Gloom, and the Sith Android OS

You’ve surely seen the headlines: iOS is doooooomed, Android will control the galaxy any day now. Learn about the actual trends and likely future, backed up with some real numbers and an informative chart or two, and decide for yourself whether it’s time to leave the Rebel Alliance and jump ship for the Empire. — Matthew Frederick

University of Advancing Technology (UAT)
2625 West Baseline Road
Tempe, AZ 85283
Map and Directions

May the fourth be with you.