CocoaHeads: We're Off To a Great Start!

by Bob McCune on June 16, 2008

I would really like to thank all of you who attended the inaugural CocoaHeads meeting last Thursday. I couldn’t have been happier with the turnout and participation from everyone. It was also nice to finally meet many of you with whom I’ve traded emails over the past couple of months.

We had a great mix of people at the first meeting ranging from experienced Cocoa, NeXT, and Mac OS developers to those experienced with other languages/platforms, but just starting out with Cocoa and CocoaTouch, to those just starting their journey into software development. This should make for a very interesting group!

Andy Atkinson started polling at the end of the meeting for what technical topics people would like to see at upcoming meetings. I think the final ones we settled on were:

  • Intro to iPhone Development
  • Overview of RubyCocoa
  • Unit Testing with OCUnit
  • NSFoundation Framework
  • Intro to CoreGraphics
  • Overview of Instruments

Some additional ones I would personally like to see covered (even if I’m the one covering them) are overviews of Core Data and Core Animation.
Let me know if there are any others that I missed and should be tracking.

John Shields wrote up a nice summary of his thoughts on the meeting that you should check out.

I’d like to thank Bill Heyman and Damon Allison for showing us some very cool demos of what they are doing over at CodeMorphic. Good luck guys and keep ’em coming! If anyone else would be interested in demoing their products or projects, just let me know and I’ll find you a slot.

I’d also like to thank everyone at Synergy Information Services. Their facilities are great and they also have a larger room available should we need it. We all also greatly appreciated the pizza and soda!

Vlad will be posting the Getting Started with Cocoa presentation and sample code to the website. Keep an eye out at Synergy’s CocoaHeads Page over the next few days if you’d like to download that content.

BTW, if you are interested in understanding the history of Cocoa and Mac OS X, I’d recommend checking out David Shaw’s website. He has a wealth of information on NeXT, Rhapsody, and Apple that many of you would find very interesting. Great job David!

As I mentioned the other night I’ll be giving a presentation on Object-C 2.0 at the July meeting. This will be a much more detailed look at ObjC which will allow us to dig into its core syntax and features.

I hope to see you all again at the next CocoaHeads meeting on 7/10 @ 6pm.



Damon Allison June 17, 2008 at 6:07 am

Hi Bob, is there a local email distribution list for cocoa / mac development discussions? The folks at Ruby Uses of MN (Dan Grigsby in particular) have offered to setup a list if we’re interested in having one. Just thought I’d throw that out there as a possibility if we wanted to have a discussion forum.

Thanks again for setting up the group.

Bob McCune June 17, 2008 at 8:31 am

We’ll have this set up very shortly, even if it ends up being a Google Groups thing. Vlad and I need to have a conversation about this and get this wrapped up. Let Dan know I appreciate his offer, however.

Sorry for the delay.

Sean McCune July 6, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Hey Bob McCune, I’m Sean McCune. I’m also an independent consultant, used to write some java code… about 6 years back. Now I do mostly C#, Ruby, and Objective-C. Also a Mac Geek. I saw your review of Aaron’s 3rd edition Cocoa book. I’ve been to the ranch several times (Cocoa, RoR, OpenGL) and recommend it highly. I also attend the Pittsburgh Cocoaheads meetings with Mark Dalrymple… So its a small world. You’re the first “other” McCune I’ve ever run into in geek-dom, so I just had to say, “hey”.

Bob McCune July 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Hey Sean,

That’s funny. Mark mentioned your name when I was talking to him about getting the local CocoaHeads group set up. McCune isn’t a very common name, so you’re the only other McCune I know as well. We must have inherited the geek gene from our common ancestors.