What happens at iOS meetups? From the imaginative, original, collaborative minds of Andrew Stone and Seth Hoffman, an amazing bi-lingual, interactive story telling app … and it sings! Then local creative wizard Michael Deitcher shows off the Roller Box, a cross between pinball and train sets using Sphero robots. Gorgeous craftsmanship and a really fun toy!
Andrew Stone, the architect of the Cocoa Conspiracy, a local group of iOS developers and entrepreneurs, will be starting a new project in the Friday iOS group. Here’s a description from him. It’s a great opportunity to watch an app being developed from the ground up.
Besides our Thursday meetups at Winning Coffee, on the first and third friday of every month, we meet from 10:30 – 12:30 at SouthWest CyberPort’s http://www.ideasandcoffee.com for hands on coding – you are always free to bring your current projects and we provide free engineering and debugging and free ideas too.
We had an amazing presentation today at the iOS developers workshop, by Louie and Bob. They are in the process of building a tool that works with pattern blocks and allows you to build complex tilings and impressive art. The process starts out with simple shapes that you can combine by joining edges. The blocks you’re joining together reorient and rescale dynamically to fit together seamlessly. These can be saved as patterns themselves. They have a clever way of joining a block to itself (by tapping on two edges) that reproduces the original block, reorients and joins them. And there’s a way to do that repetitively in a circle or in a line to create amazingly complex patterns.
Today we chatted about the Apple Watch, REST APIs for app development, zombies and hairy bugs in an actual app.
We had a great presentation on autolayout in XCode by Chris Jungmann. Here’s a pointer to his blog with that information.
We also discussed the Albuquerque Open Data framework project that Andrew and Chris have been building. Several folks with Code for America were interested in this project.