The CocoaConf Blog

By Solomon Klein (June 12, 2014, at 11:14 AM)


This past WWDC may go down in history as one of the most pivotal for the Apple developer community. Tim Cook stated in the opening keynote that WWDC 2014 would involve “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store.” As Matt Drance said in a recent blog post, “He was not exaggerating.”

Apple released Swift, an all-new programming language, as well as numerous improvements and enhancements to iOS, OS X, and the developer tools.

Usually, we wouldn’t be able to talk about all of this stuff until the developer NDA dropped, which traditionally hasn’t happened until after the new versions of iOS and OS X were released. This year, however, Apple seems to have let up on the NDA a bit, as section 10.1 of the developer agreement seems to bear witness to. With these changes in the developer agreement, we will be able to cover the recent improvements and developments in iOS, OS X, Swift, and the developer tools.

How does this affect you? You’ll be able to catch sessions on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite technologies at all five of our Fall events: Columbus, Las Vegas, Seattle, Boston, and Atlanta.

Since this happened so close to the end date of the Early Bird sale for CocoaConf Columbus, we are moving out the sale’s end to June 20th. This allows our speakers more time to decide what they’d like to cover from the New Shiny.™

The Columbus schedule is starting to fill in, and you can check it out here as new talks come in. We would like to mention that our iOS tutorial and Game Development workshops will be updated for Swift. We’ll also be running a Swift Kickstart workshop in Columbus*, taught by Daniel Steinberg.

There’s never been a better time to be an iOS or Mac developer, and there’s never been a better opportunity to bring yourself up to speed with the latest changes and improvements in Apple software development.

See you on the tour!
The CocoaConf Team

*The Swift Workshop is also coming to the CocoaConf events at Las Vegas, Seattle, Boston, and Atlanta.



By The CocoaConf Team (May 28, 2014, at 3:6 PM)


We’re excited to announce the first installment of the all-new CocoaConf Podcast, by Daniel Steinberg!

The CocoaConf Podcast features members of the iOS and OS X community offering tips, insight, facts, and opinions for other iOS and OS X developers. You'll recognize many of the voices from the CocoaConf speaker roster. Daniel will be your host.

In the pilot episode, Daniel talks with some familiar folks in the Apple developer community. You'll hear from people like Jeff LaMarche, Chris Adamson, Ben Scheirman, Saul Mora, Jonathan Penn, and Josh Smith. 

The CocoaConf Podcast is available on iTunes. You can also follow @CocoaConfCast on Twitter, and subscribe to the RSS feed to be kept up to date with the latest awesomeness from the CocoaConf Podcast.

The CocoaConf Podcast is a still a project in the making. If you have any thoughts or questions about the podcast, please write to Daniel at podcast@cocoaconf.com.

We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

The CocoaConf Team




By The CocoaConf Team (May 27, 2014, at 10:37 AM)


Our thanks to the awesome folks at GitHub for sponsoring our 2014 Spring Tour. We really appreciate their support of CocoaConf and the Apple developer community as a whole.

You’re probably already using GitHub, but if you aren’t, now is a good time to fix that and a good place to start is their features page.

We’ve had the privilege of having three members of the GitHub for Mac dev team — Danny Greg, Justin Spahr-Summers, and Josh Abernathy — join us this past Spring tour. Watch for them this Fall, as well. :)

Thank you, GitHub!




By Dave Klein (April 15, 2014, at 11:14 AM)


Our spring tour has been going great! It has been so cool to see so many passionate, engaged Apple developers meeting, learning, and sharing ideas. We’ve often said that it’s not just our awesome speakers that make CocoaConf so great; and it’s not even the cream of the crop attendees that come to join us; it’s the magical combination. Bring them all together in one place for a weekend, and great things just happen! We have been seeing that again this spring.

Part of what has made our events so exciting this year is that each event has been sold out. Now, we cap our attendance, so sold out doesn’t translate into overcrowded, but this does make for a lot of great connections and discussions! In fact, our last six CocoaConf events have sold out, starting with Boston last fall.

To help meet the growing demand, we are adding two new cities. This fall, we will be returning to Columbus, Boston, and Atlanta, and making our first stops in Seattle and Las Vegas! It is going to be one exciting fall conference season!

We already have some great speakers lined up for each of our events, and we will be adding more of your favorites in the coming weeks. But while we’re doing that, you can register now to guarantee your spot at the city of your choice. The full schedule is below and they’re all going to be great. So, choose the city closest to you, or the city you’ve been itching to visit. If you have trouble deciding, you can always come to more than one.

As usual, we are kicking off registration with a limited number of Early Bird tickets, which can save you $150. But on top of that, today only, we are holding an Opening Day Sale! Save an additional 20% by using the promotional code “Opening-Day”. This code is only good until tonight at 12:00 midnight PDT.

This is a great opportunity to save some money and ensure that you don’t miss out on CocoaConf this fall. Because a waiting list is a very lonely place to be.

See you on the tour,
Dave