Today at the iOS Meetup

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!

The iOS developer’s group will start a new project

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.

My artist, musician and children’s book author pal Seth Hoffman wrote Janie & the Hummingbird | Community Publishing and the app is a multimedia easter egg full version of the book with music.
Seth & I have worked all week to take the app to a place where it’ll be easy to see where we are going, and I won’t fumble writing code – instead, I’m going to show the process of app building from ground zero (but have all the tricky pieces of code pre-built and pre-tested so we’re not thrashing and you won’t get bored.)
Then we’ll start a brainstorming of cool interactive ideas that we can work on to make the app very special over the next months.
Set your clock back tonight if you still have those kinds of clocks!

Pattern Blocks and Tilings

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.

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Great iOS session today!

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.

Lastly we talked about React Native, an interesting approach to using Javascript for the view part of an app and being able to reuse this between Android and iOS platforms. Here’s an interesting video on that subject.