The CocoaConf Blog

By Solomon Klein (April 1, 2014, at 8:55 AM)

We’re excited to have Itty Bitty Apps, the makers of Reveal, sponsoring us this tour.

Reveal is like Firebug for your iOS applications. It shows you your application’s view hierarchy with 2D and 3D visualizations at runtime, allowing you to debug your layout issues in seconds.

Several of our speakers use Reveal and love it. Here’s what a couple of them have to say:

“Reveal is now a part of our daily workflow when developing and debugging the UI for our apps, and worth every dollar.”
Stewart Gleadow

“Reveal is some black magic debugging voodoo. It’s one of those tools I always wished I had in the back of my head, but never thought it’d exist. So awesome.”
Justin Williams

And from the CocoaConf Team:

“As a newcomer to iOS development I was able to get real value out of this tool within moments of launching it. In addition to being invaluable for bug-squishing, there’s something simply magical about seeing the UI of your app laid bare in 3D space.”
— Zak

If you don’t have a copy of that magic they call Reveal, they have a cure for that at Get yours today!

Thank you, Itty Bitty Apps!

— Solomon, for the CocoaConf Team

By Dave Klein (February 25, 2014, at 9:2 AM)

Over the past three years, at the fifteen CocoaConf events that we’ve been privileged to put on, we have been totally blessed to have the help of such awesome speakers. Without the help of people such as Daniel Steinberg, Chris Adamson, Jonathan Penn, Josh Smith, Jaimee Newberry, James Dempsey, Ben Scheirman, Mark Pospesel, and so many others, CocoaConf wouldn’t exist. We are grateful to them all.

This Spring, most of your and our favorite CocoaConf speakers will be returning to the following cities:

March 7–8 (Sold Out)

March 28–29

April 4–5 (Sold Out)

San Jose
April 25–26

May 9–10

Joining them will be several new (or newer) additions to the CocoaConf speaker roster. So, I just wanted to introduce you to some of them. We are looking forward to hearing from them and we’re sure you will be too!

Mike AshMike Ash — Mike is the author of the bi-weekly Friday Q&A, a blog series focused on deep technical topics related to Mac and iOS programming. He’s been developing for the Apple platform for over 20 years, and he’ll be joining us at CocoaConf DC.

Mark Dalrymple Mark Dalrymple — Mark is an instructor at Big Nerd Ranch. He’s been writing code for the Mac since 1985. You can catch his talks at CocoaConf DC.

Matt DranceMatt Drance — Formerly a developer evangelist at Apple, Matt is the owner of BookHouse Software. He’s co-author of iOS Recipes for the Pragmatic Bookshelf. Matt will kick off CocoaConf San Jose this coming April.

Danny Greg Danny Greg — Danny is a software developer at GitHub. Prior to that he worked for companies like Realmac and No Thirst. You can find him speaking at CocoaConf Chicago and CocoaConf San Jose.

Casey Liss Casey Liss — Casey is a .Net and iOS developer. He’s probably best known as the unknown co-host of the Accidental Tech Podcast, and the late Neutral. He will be showing his face at CocoaConf DC.

Mike Rundle Mike Rundle — Mike Rundle is a iOS developer and designer in Raleigh. He's the creator of Interesting for iPhone, and the author of Building iOS Apps From Scratch. He’ll be making his debut at CocoaConf Mini Raleigh this May.

Laura Savino Laura Savino — Laura is a Seattle-based iOS developer. Currently, she’s primary iOS developer at Khan Academy. She will be joining us at CocoaConf Chicago and CocoaConf San Jose.

David Smith David Smith — David Smith is an independent iOS developer. He’s the creator of apps like Check the Weather and Pedometer++ and of services like Feed Wrangler. He’s also the host of a weekly podcast, Developing Perspective. You can find him at CocoaConf DC.

Sam Soffes Sam Soffes — Sam is a developer and designer from the Bay Area. He currently runs Full Package and has worked on applications like Hipstamatic and Cheddar. He’ll be joining us for the first time at CocoaConf San Jose.

Mattt Thompson Mattt Thompson — Mattt is a software engineer at Panic. He’s also the creator & maintainer of AFNetworking, and writes about the obscure & overlooked parts of Cocoa on NSHipster. He’ll also be speaking at CocoaConf San Jose.

Michele Titolo Michele Titolo — Michele is the Lead at Prolific Interactive. She’s also a member of the CocoaPods team, and serves as Tech Lead for Women Who Code. She will be joining us at CocoaConf San Jose.

Ray Wenderlich Ray Wenderlich — Ray is a iPhone developer, instructor, and the founder of Razeware. Along with the iOS Tutorial Team, Ray has provided a host of articles and tutorials for iOS development at Ray and his wife, Vicki, will be joining us at CocoaConf DC.

Justin Williams Justin Williams — Justin is the maker of stuff at Second Gear, the new owners of Glassboard. He will be speaking at CocoaConf Chicago, CocoaConf San Jose, and CocoaConf Mini Austin.

Dave Wiskus Dave Wiskus — Dave is the third guy at Q Branch, the makers of the celebrated Vesper note-taking app. He’s an interaction designer and podcaster, and legend holds that he’s also the owner of an adorable canine. He’ll be joining us at CocoaConf DC.

Marcus Zarra Marcus Zarra — Marcus is the co-founder of Empirical Development, which recently merged with MartianCraft. Marcus is the author of Core Data for the Pragmatic Bookshelf. He’ll be joining us at CocoaConf San Jose.

We hope to see you on the tour!

By Dave Klein (January 28, 2014, at 7:25 AM)

You know what they say: “The harder the winter the nicer the spring.” Well this year that’s true in more ways than one. The CocoaConf Spring Tour schedule is filling out and looking amazing!

We are very excited about the many great speakers who are joining us, and some of the sessions they are planning will blow your mind!

And right in line with us getting the schedules mostly finished is the end of the Early Bird sale. This Friday — Jan. 31st — will be the last day to get these great prices on CocoaConf tickets.

So if you’ve been thinking about registering but weren’t quite sure, now would be a good time to take a closer look at our schedules and sign up for your favorite city. Or maybe your top two. :-)

We look forward to seeing you this Spring!

The CocoaConf Team.

By Dave Klein (January 6, 2014, at 9:26 AM)

That was the cardinal rule of CocoaConf speaker emeritus Bill Dudney. Every time he gave his Core Graphics workshop at a CocoaConf event, he reminded his students to avoid this heinous crime. Of course we agreed wholeheartedly and cheered him on, while trying not to think about how we were doing just that with our website,

So, finally, after two and a half years of business, we broke down and hired a designer to help us redo our site. Wow! I can't stop kicking myself for waiting this long. The difference is amazing!

Of course, it’s very new yet, and will likely have a few glitches. After all, us mere mortal programmers still had to implement the design. :-) But we are very pleased with how it’s looking so far. Please check it out and if you find any issues, drop us a line at

And remember… “Never ship programmer art!” — @bdudney

I hope to see you on the Spring tour,