The CocoaConf Blog

By Solomon Klein (November 19, 2014, at 14:6 PM)

Last weekend, nearly 100 iOS and Mac developers gathered for the second annual CocoaConf Boston!

We’d like to thank all the speakers that joined us. CocoaConf Boston featured 28 sessions, with topics ranging from mastering Xcode to graphics programming to streaming. We’d like to rave on about every session, but for the sake of time, we’ll focus on the four keynotes.

Daniel Jalkut started off the conference with a keynote discussing the pros and cons of being an indie developer. Friday night, Daniel Steinberg gave yet another thoughtful presentation, “Playing by a New Set of Rules.” Using examples from mathematics, agile methodologies, and Swift, Daniel gave us much to think about regarding how we learn, code and interact with others.

Then James Dempsey and the Breakpoints brought the house down with yet another rollicking Breakpoint Jam!

Laura Savino opened Saturday, sharing some important tips about non-toxic human interactions. And last, but certainly not least, Jamiee Newberry closed the conference with her keynote “Through Burnout and Back Again,” giving the lessons she’s learned in her own life about keeping important things first.

Thanks to all that came out! You really made the conference. For those of you that couldn’t make it, you can see what attendees are saying about CocoaConf Boston on the Roundup page.

Once more, with feeling…

Wrapping up the 2014 Fall Tour, we’ll be in Atlanta, GA, on December 5th and 6th. We’ll be joined by some of the Boston gang—folks like Daniel Steinberg, Chris Adamson, and Janie Clayton—in addition to Aaron Hillegass, Rob Napier, Sam Soffes, and others.

We’ll be re-running all four workshops from Boston in Atlanta as well on December 4th. If you want to catch one of the popular all-day classes from Boston this year, you have one more shot at it this year. :)

See you around!

Solomon, for the CocoaConf Team

By Dave Klein (November 6, 2014, at 13:35 PM)

At CocoaConf, we are so very grateful for our speakers.  If you’ve been to one of our events, you probably are, too.  The knowledge and understanding they have of the Apple development ecosystem, and their eagerness and uncanny ability to share that knowledge with others, are amazing!

It turns out that there is a reason.  Many of our speakers are professional trainers, who have shared their knowledge and experience with hundreds of developers.  And if you think they are good in a one-hour conference session, you’ll be totally blown away by a full four-day class!

We are very excited to announce CocoaConf University, a unique training experience.  CocoaConf University will be staffed, exclusively, by CocoaConf speakers.  We will be offering in-depth, hands-on training classes led by expert trainers like Daniel Steinberg, James Dempsey, and others coming soon.  

There are other training classes out there, so what makes CocoaConf University so unique?  Rather than having a single class with one instructor and a handful of students, we will be holding multiple classes simultaneously.  The classes will be held at the same facility, and all breaks, meals, and evening social events will be shared among the whole “student body”.  Our goal is to find the perfect blend of a focused training class and a developer conference.  We think you’re going to love it!

Our first “term” will be held in Orlando, Florida on January 28–31, 2015, and registration is open now.  In this term, we are offering two classes: an “iOS 8 intro class” with Swift and a “Swift / iOS 8 for experienced iOS developers” class.  So, regardless of your current experience level, you’re likely to find a class that will help you take it up a notch.  

Check out the course outlines and other information at, and let us know if you have any questions.

We would also be happy to assist in organizing an on-site or off-site training class for your company or organization.  Contact us at to get the ball rolling.

By Dave Klein (September 23, 2014, at 11:1 AM)

When Apple chose “Yosemite” as the name for the latest release of OS X, they chose the name not only of one of the most beautiful sites in California, but of one of the most amazing places in the world! From the giant sequoias to the majestic Half Dome and El Capitán to the beautiful waterfalls pouring from crystal clear rivers, Yosemite truly is a wonderful place to visit.

We are so thrilled about Apple’s choice for OS X’s name, and all that it represents, that we’ve decided to put on a conference to celebrate it. On April 20th through April 23rd, sixteen of the most well-respected writers, designers, and developers in the Apple community will be gathered in the heart of Yosemite Valley for the most unique Apple conference in history!

We’re calling it “Yosemite, by CocoaConf”. It’s the Apple Conference with a View!

The event will be held at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, with the majestic Yosemite Falls in view from the conference center. It is going to be amazing!

Andy Ihnatko Brent Simmons
Serenity Caldwell Neven Mrgan
Jim Dalrymple Duncan Davidson
James Dempsey Matt Drance
Guy English Michael Lopp
Jaimee Newberry Laura Savino
Jason Snell Daniel Steinberg
Andrew Stone Dave Wiskus


From Monday evening through Thursday morning, we will be hearing from our awesome lineup of Apple community leaders. We won’t be sitting in a conference room all day — not with the beauty of Yosemite right outside the door! Each day will include extended breaks to get out and enjoy the park. We will offer some organized activities, such as guided hikes or a photo walk with James Duncan Davidson. Or you can just get together with friends and explore!

Space is very limited for this event, so please don’t put it off too long. We’d hate for you to miss this, almost as much as you would.

You can get all of the details at and you can register today!

This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime event — don’t miss it!

By Dave Klein (September 10, 2014, at 7:43 AM)

For the past couple of years, I have been hoping that Apple would resist the pressure to come out with a 5"+ phone.  There are two main reasons for this now-shattered hope.

The first and most significant reason is that it shows that Apple is being directed by their competitors and detractors.  I know that there are some number of iPhone users who wanted a larger phone, though I’d argue that the 4.7 would have sufficed most of them, but the vast majority of noise about Apple’s lack of a giant phone was coming from the phone manufacturers who currently make them, or from the media pundits who inherently hate Apple.  It’s very similar to when you hear political party A saying that party B is doomed unless they do X.  Then party B does X, and it backfires on them, just as party A had hoped.  In other words, don’t take direction from your enemies.  With the iPhone 6 Plus, it appears that Apple is doing just that.  And that scares me.   

The second reason is that they look terrible in use.  I knew that if Apple were to make a ginormous phone, it would be the best-looking one in existence, but what good is being best-in-class when the whole class is hideous?  I’ll grant that there are exceptions to this terrible look.  If you are over 7 feet (2.13 meters) tall and can easily palm a basketball, a 5.5-inch phone might look good on you, but for most of humanity it’s just too big for a phone.  An LTE iPad Micro maybe, but not a phone.

But what’s done is done.  The devices and the screens on them do look amazing, and I’m sure they will sell well, at least in the short term.  I just hope I’m wrong about this being a new means of setting direction at Apple. 

There is one more thing I’ll hope for and that I’ll ask all of you to help with.  One of the things I’ve always noticed about Apple products is that they look really cool, and people using them look really cool.  So, in order to keep that picture from fading, if you do purchase an iPhone 6 Plus, please, use a headset to make calls.  For the sake of Apple’s reputation as the maker of the best-looking devices — in a display and in use — please, for the love of all that is new and shiny, don’t hold the iPhablet up to your head.*


* Unless you are, in fact, over 7 feet tall.