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.