Jay Thrash is a software developer who got his start on a Commodore VIC-20 and has spent the past twenty years getting paid to convert coffee into code. During his career, he developed a keen interest in the areas of user interaction and interface design. Jay worked on a variety of platforms and applications including everything from military flight simulators to real estate CRMs. He also spent over six years in the PC and console gaming industry.
As a grizzled survivor of the dark days of BREW and J2ME, he considers himself to be blessed to have spent the past three years designing and developing iOS applications. He volunteers as an assistant coordinator, and sometimes speaker, for the Triangle chapter of CocoaHeads.
Come learn how to integrate iOS 6 maps directly into your apps and find out what's required to get your app listed in the marketplace of Transit apps.
With the release of iOS 6, Apple has redesigned MapKit from the ground up to use an incredible new vector-based graphics engine. Although this new engine allows for a level of interactivity which simply wasn't possible under previous releases of iOS, it's just as easy to embed standard or custom maps within iOS apps. In addition, the release of iOS 6 has created a whole new opportunity for developers to create Routing applications which can provide region-specific transit information which is integrated directly into the Maps.app.
The Multipeer Connectivity framework included in iOS 7 represents a fundamental shift in how networked apps can be built. Using the Multipeer framework allows developers to tap into a wide range of nearby networking solutions like peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, infrastructure Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth personal area networks. However, as complicated as this all might sound, don’t worry. The dirty details of all this infrastructure networking have been wrapped up within an API that's relatively compact, easy to understand and quite fun to use!
So join us for an exploration of Multipeer networking where we eschew the out dated, heavy-handed, "fist-bumping”, Internet-based methods of peer-to-peer communication and discover a far more elegant solution for providing our users the ability to establish secure, ad-hoc connections between nearby iOS devices.