In an effort to continually supply Andy Ihnatko’s wardrobe, we’ve been working on producing new t-shirts for our four 2015 Spring events. We’ve been tossing around ideas for a while, and after thinking about it, we’ve figured it’d be fun to get some fresher ideas from all of you, because you’re probably more creative than we are. :)
Now you might be thinking “I can‘t do a t-shirt design! I’m a programmer, and Bill Dudney said to ’Never Ship Programmer Art!’”
Yes, he did say “Never Ship Programmer Art”… but he didn’t say you couldn’t put it on a t-shirt!
So, with that, here’s your chance to win a free pass to any Spring CocoaConf, plus three nights’ hotel!
From today till March 5th, we’ll be collecting ideas for our 2015 Spring Tour t-shirts. You can send in as many ideas as you like, in whatever format you choose. We have a file you can download, containing some CocoaConf graphics that you can incorporate in your design in whatever way your cranial organelle deems best.
On March 5th, we’ll pick a design, and its creator will receive a free pass to the CocoaConf of their choice, and three nights’ hotel!*
Send in your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, we’ll be collecting artwork from now till March 5th.
We look forward to seeing your ideas. And may the best design win!
—The CocoaConf Team
* If you have already registered for the conference, and your design wins, we’ll refund the price of your ticket.
We are so excited about the Yosemite conference. Not just because of where it will be held, but because of what it is shaping up to be. We have been organizing conferences for Apple developers for almost four years, but we’ve never held an event quite like this.
With seventeen of the most amazing people in the Apple community—some developers, but most not—Yosemite is a conference for the Apple community. Our speakers are some of the best and most-loved writers, designers, philosophers, and developers working in the Apple ecosystem.
Those familiar with CocoaConf know that our developer events are mostly about code. Yosemite is mostly about beauty. Beautiful designs, beautiful words, beautiful scenery, and yes, beautiful code.
That’s why the location is so perfect. Right in the heart of Yosemite Valley, surrounded by towering sequoias and majestic rock structures like El Capitan, Half Dome, and Glacier Point. The beautiful upper Yosemite Falls is in view from the conference grounds, and in late April, it should be at peak flow. It’s going to be awesome!
Yosemite is a conference at the intersection of technology, the liberal arts, and nature.
I hope to see you there!
Since opening registration for Yosemite, we’ve received several requests from people who wanted to bring a non-techie companion along to Yosemite. It took us a while to figure out the best way to do this but we’re thrilled to announce our Yosemite Companion ticket!
This ticket will allow your companion(s) to participate in all the mid-day group activities and meals. They will have to chill during morning and evening sessions, but hey, what better place to chill out than Yosemite? :D
The Companion ticket is only available to those that are accompanying Yosemite attendees. It’s a great way to turn this into a family event!
Seating for Yosemite is limited, and tickets are running low. If you haven’t signed up yet, you really should do so soon. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you don’t want to miss it. If you have any questions about the conference or the Companion ticket, please let us know.
See you at the Falls!
The CocoaConf Team
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.
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
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 cocoaconf.com/training, 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 email@example.com to get the ball rolling.
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 cocoaconf.com/yosemite and you can register today!
This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime event — don’t miss it!
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.
Some of you may have noticed a sad hole in the CocoaConf speaker roster this Fall. The explanation for this was given today, over Twitter, as you may have seen. Jonathan Penn is joining Apple this coming July.
We’ve been privileged to have had Jonathan join us at 18 of our 20 CocoaConfs or CocoaConf events. Jonathan’s insight, energy, and humor really have played a big part in making the CocoaConf voice right from the start, and will not be easily replaced.
It’s an understatement to say that we’ll miss Jonathan very much, but we’re reminded of this: when awesome people — like Jonathan Penn or Bill Dudney — join Apple, the whole Apple developer community benefits. Yes, it’s sad that he won’t be on the circuit, but we’ve gained a stronger, better Apple.
We wish you well, Jonathan, and give you the heartiest congratulations that the CocoaConf Team can give.
And may the users win.
Solomon, for the CocoaConf Team
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
The CocoaConf Team