Today’s iOS dev workshop

Today’s iOS developers workshop was great fun! We had a presentation on jailbreaking your iPhone, and a quick look at the new Watch Kit for Apple Watches. Cliff came by to ask about Test Driven Development in the iOS world, and to mention an up and coming event, a Code Retreat that’ll be happening Jan 10th at Ideas and Coffee. This inspired a talk by Jeff Hellman on TDD using XCode that’ll happen in two weeks. We heard several great broken code stories, and Michael Deitchur dropped in to show us a video of his latest work, Tile – Gila Monster. Also we all got to say hi to Steven Cussan who was back from California for a few days.

Some pointers from the Jailbreaking talk.

iOS Developer Workshop

iOS Workshop

Friday, Dec 5, 2014, 10:30 AM

Ideas and Coffee Coworking Space
5021 Indian School NE Suite 500 Albuquerque, NM

6 Members Attending

Come and learn more about iOS app development with Andrew Stone and other iPhone developers. Bring your laptops, ideas, and apps in development.

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WordPress Meetup is at Ideas & Coffee this month

The Albuquerque WordPress Meetup

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014, 6:00 PM

Ideas and Coffee Coworking Space
5021 Indian School NE Suite 500 Albuquerque, NM

0 Members Went

Common WordPress Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)Kat Hagan, Code Wrangler, WordPress.comWhen you first start customizing WordPress, whether it’s modifying a theme or writing your own plugin, there are a few pitfalls that can cause a lot of aggravation later on. I’ll highlight some things to do (and NOT to do!), and share best practices that will ta…

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Writing Content for Web Usability

Writing Content for Web Usability

Friday, Sep 26, 2014, 11:30 AM

Ideas and Coffee Coworking Space
5021 Indian School NE Suite 500 Albuquerque, NM

7 Members Attending

Laurie Dudasik is back to give a second talk in her series on Web Usability. The first talk was great and  even if you missed it this one should have lots of useful information. Here’s Laurie’s description:In this second installment of web usability topics, we’ll explore the tips and suggestions presented by Janice Redish in her book “Letting Go o…

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At the ios Developer’s session

Chris Jungmann (@incaffeine) is giving us a tour of Hootsuite, a set of tools that help you manage many social media platforms at once. It’s a great tool for scheduling a series of Tweets, and Posts, and it helps you find relevant items for retweeting.

Chris is talking about the process of recompiling is latest app for iOS 8. It’s never seamless 🙂 Ah, the location authorization message is something you can set instead of the generic one we used to have.

Useful setting info: Settings -> General -> Reset -> Location & Privacy.

Some new animation tools: Chris added an animation to produce smoke in his app using CAEmitter. We looked at the code for it.

Pop animation from Facebook is a framework for adding animations to various views. Allows things that look like rollovers and button contraction, ex. ‘POPspringAnimation’.

A great Andrew quote: “If you were doing this in Swift, you’d be done.”

We had a conversation about using the Parse service instead of having to have a back end server to provide cloud services. They have a nice API, and allow service side scripts. It will do push notifications.

We also congratulated Jeremiah on his new job in Denver with bagels, apples and Andrew pickles.

Anatomy of a successful blogging business

Last Friday we had a great presentation by Susy Lucero. She took us through her journey of creating a carefully curated wedding website that focused on weddings with a New Mexico flair. Ultimately the site became large enough that she needed to hand it off to a larger organization and she successfully sold it.

Here are a few of the things I found really useful from her presentation.

  1. Maintain a high quality of content, both writing and photography. Think upscale magazine quality.
  2. Make sure you keep the trust of your readers by giving them useful and exceptional content.
  3. Be consistent with your blogging. Creating new content helps with SEO as well as keeping your readers happy.
  4. If you sell ads make sure they’re relevant to your readers and of a high quality.
  5. Contact vendors and others working in related fields, even if they don’t realize they’re in a related field. 🙂
  6. Be generous with promoting other people, and they will promote your blog.
  7. Don’t be afraid to contact magazines, and local media. They are always looking for interesting stories. You could be one.
  8. Pick a topic you’re really passionate about.

Here are some pointers to websites and tools Susy mentioned in her talk.

 From Susy

The website I used to accept submissions for my website was Vice versa, people can use this website to submit their photographs to be featured. is a website people can use to not only set up an ad shop on their website inexpensively, but also search out blogs where they may want to purchase an ad to target relevant is where I had listed the website for sale, in addition to posting on social media such as Facebook and twitter.

I found Yoast to be very helpful in terms of helping me up the SEO of a blog post! And I used WordPress analytics to get useful information regarding search terms and what people were clicking on.


Susy is available for one on one consulting, and actual hands on in getting people started with their websites, branding and strategy at