The CocoaConf Podcast

The Professional Development Podcast
for iOS and OS X Developers

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 popular CocoaConf conference series.

Available on iTunes.


August 29, 2014

Episode 7: Mike Swaine and Paul Freiberger Fire in the Valley

Laura Savino on what programmers can do to get unstuck


 

Show Notes

Michael Swaine and Paul Freiberger on the third edition of their book Fire in the Valley.

Best known as the editor of Dr. Dobb's Journal, Michael Swaine created or helped launch a dozen magazines, from InfoWorld to PragPub. He has written more than a thousand articles and columns for publications ranging from the Farmer’s Almanac to MacUser. He currently edits books for the Pragmatic Bookshelf and is working on a mystery novel set in the mythical Northwest State of Jefferson.

Paul Freiberger wrote about Silicon Valley during the early years of the personal computer revolution. He was part of the original staff of the computer weekly, InfoWorld. He worked as a columnist and reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Examiner. His first book was Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer (McGraw-Hill, 1984 and 2000), co-authored with Michael Swaine. Today he writes speeches, books, and white papers for executives, professionals, and academics and develops presentations for startups. He is founder and President of Shimmering Resumes. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a BA in History and from Middlebury College with a Masters in Italian Studies.

Chris Adamson on What's Happening.

Chris Adamson will be presenting a workshop on AVFoundation Film School on the CocoaConf fall tour.

Chris blogs at [Time code];.

Conferences he mentioned are:

Josh Smith recommended two books this week.

Laura Savino on getting the help you need.

Laura is an iOS developer with Khan Academy who came to programming after having studied & taught human languages.

She recently had the chance to give some advice to beginning programmers at App Camp for Girls, and helped them learn & practice a few techniques for getting unstuck.

James Dempsey composed and performed the theme.

Daniel Steinberg is your host.

He has a new book out on the Swift Programming language. "A Swift Kickstart"

Daniel is also the author of "Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPad and iPhone" .

August 6, 2014

Episode 6: Jeff Biggus on the Julia Programming Language

Matt Smollinger on moving beyond REST


 

Show Notes

Jeff Biggus talks to us about the Julia Programming Language – it runs on the LLVM.

Jeff is a longtime Mac and iOS developer who organizes his thoughts at http://hyperjeff.net. He tweets at @hyperjeff.

Chris Adamson with upcoming events.

Chris will be presenting a workshop on AVFoundation Film School on the CocoaConf fall tour.

Chris blogs at [Time code];.

He interviewed Curtis Herbert of the Cocoa Love conference.

He also mentioned:

Josh Smith recommended two books this week for your reading list.

Matt Smollinger talked about moving beyond REST for mobile devices.

Matt has been involved in software development since he was building simple games on his parents’ Commodore VIC20. He started dabbling in Mac development in the early 2000s, but really dove in head-first with the launch of the iPhone. Since then, he’s done Mac and iOS development for major publishers, marketing companies, and technology companies such as myYearbook, MeetMe, AWeber Communications. His current focus is his ed-tech startup: Skaffl, where he's the CTO and co-founder.

James Dempsey composed and performed the theme.

Daniel Steinberg is your host.

He has a new book out on the Swift Programming language. "A Swift Kickstart"

Daniel is also the author of "Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPad and iPhone".

July 24, 2014

Episode 5: Matt Gemmell on Writing and Developing

Dave Verwer Celebrates the Third Anniversary of iOS Dev Weekly


 

Show Notes

Matt Gemmell talks about his blog post Confessions of an ex-developer.

Matt is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. He has written for many magazines and newspapers, such as The Guardian, Macworld, MacUser, The Loop Magazine, Offscreen, Tap!, and more. He has been interviewed, featured and quoted in various periodicals and news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, The Guardian, The Register, .net Magazine, and many more. He has been writing online on his own blog at mattgemmell.com for twelve years, and has an annual readership of over a million people.

Previously, he spent seven years as a usability consultant and software engineer, with clients including Apple and other Fortune 100 companies, as well as independent developers. He has spoken at conferences worldwide on a variety of topics including usability, user experience, software design, accessibility and innovation, and has released many open source projects that have been used in hundreds of applications on iOS and OS X.

He lives in the city of Edinburgh, in Scotland, with his wife Lauren.

You can support his writing at www.patreon.com/mattgemmell.

Chris Adamson with What’s Happening.

Chris will be presenting a workshop on AVFoundation Film School at CocoaConf Columbus.

Chris blogs at [Time code];.

Conferences he mentioned this week:

Here’s a link to the Swift Tutorial - register your interest if you’d like it to run at NSScotland 2014 - Tutorial.

Josh Smith’s Reading List.

Josh has updated his iOS Games Workshop for the fall CocoaConf tour.

Build iOS Games with Sprite Kit is the book he co-wrote with Jonathan Penn, available now in paperback. The Pragmatic Bookshelf | Build iOS Games with Sprite Kit

Josh recommends that you add “The most famous suppressed book in computer history” to your reading list:

Dave Verwer is the publisher of iOS Dev Weekly.

iOS Dev Weekly celebrates its 3rd Birthday on Friday 25th July (1st issue was 5th August 2011).

Dave is also a trainer and consultant through his company Shiny Development.

Daniel Steinberg is your host.

He has a new book out on the Swift Programming language. A Swift Kickstart

Daniel is also the author of Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPad and iPhone.

July 9, 2014

Episode 4: Jonathan Blocksom on 3D Graphics in iOS 8

Jaimee Newberry on choosing the celebrity for your product


 

Show Notes

Jonathan Blocksom talks about the new Graphics 3D APIs for iOS 8: Metal and SceneKit.

(SceneKit has been available for OS X but is now coming to iOS.)

Jonathan Blocksom is an iOS Developer at Capital One in McLean, VA, and also teaches OpenGL for the Big Nerd Ranch.

Chris Adamson with What’s Happening.

Chris will be presenting a workshop on AVFoundation Film School at CocoaConf Columbus.

Chris blogs at [Time code];.

Josh Smith with Reading List.

Josh has updated his iOS Games Workshop for the fall CocoaConf tour.

He recommends that you add two books to your reading list:

Jaimee Newberry on finding the celebrity for your app.

Jaimee spent 15 years as a web designer/developer. She has led UX strategy + design on iOS and mobile applications since 2010.

She is currently an executive and personal coach, a speaker and writer helping people with Leadership, Communication, Life Design, Personal Brand, and Avoiding/Recovering from Burnout.

Daniel Steinberg is your host.

He has a new book out on the Swift Programming language: A Swift Kickstart.

Daniel is also the author of Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPad and iPhone.

June 26, 2014

Episode 3: Rob Napier - what sort of language is Swift

Scott Kovatch on Board Games


 

Show Notes

Rob Napier talks to us about what sort of language Swift is.

Rob Napier is a long time OS X and iOS developer and author of iOS Programming: Pushing the Limits with Mugunth Kumar. He focuses on low level issues including text layout, performance, networking, and security. His main open source work is the cross-language encryption format, RNCryptor. He will be speaking at CocoaConf in Atlanta in December.

Chris Adamson will be presenting a workshop on AVFoundation Film School at CocoaConf Columbus.

Chris blogs at [Time code];.

Josh Smith has updated his iOS Games Workshop for the fall CocoaConf tour.

He recommends that you add Agile!: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly by Bertrand Meyer to your reading list.

Scott Kovatch is a long-time Mac and iOS developer.

He provided a fairly comprehensive list of books.

Some good resources for learning about new games, or more information on a game you've heard about:

Want to join a group or start your own?

And, check out these iOS board game conversions:

Daniel Steinberg is your host.

Daniel is the author of Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPad and iPhone.