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.

RubiABQ sponsors a Code Retreat on Pi Day

Ideas and Coffee is pleased to help out with a Code Retreat that’s being sponsored by the RubiABQ Meetup group. Here’s the announcement for the event, and we have a small web site set up to take registrations at


From the website:

Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice, away from the pressures of ‘getting things done’, the coderetreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement..

RubiABQ is lucky to have two members who have attended Coderetreats before, and one of them, Ben Cates, has volunteered to be the coordinator for (to the best of our knowledge) Albuquerque’s first Coderetreat.

More information will be available soon, but I’ve put this on the calendar now so people can plan to attend. At our last meeting we had a half dozen or so people state that they planned to go. We will be limiting this inaugural event to 30 participants. It is not Ruby-specific and we will be contacting other programming and development groups to let them know.

STEM conference for girls 10-14 at UNM!

Expand your Horizons is a conference for girls in the 5th-9th grade. It focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). They have a conference once a year and this year’s conference is coming up Feb. 7th at Dane Smith Hall on the University of New Mexico Campus. There are a ton of really interesting panels! A group of women who work out of Ideas and Coffee are doing a panel on Wearable Electronics. It’s the second year for this group headed up by Alice Shriver to present at EYH and we’re looking forward to having lots of fun! If you have daughters in this age group who might be interested here’s a pointer to more information.

Problems with Wifi

If you’re seeing the message “Limited Access” (Windows 8) on trying to connect to our network you might need to check that you’re asking our Wifi router for an IP address.

  1. Settings–>Control Panel–>Category:Small Icons
  2. Network and Sharing Center–>Change Adapter Settings
  3. Select the Wifi Adapter–>Properties (right click)
  4. Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCIP/IPv4)–>Properties
  5. Make sure you have “Obtain IP Address automatically” checked
  6. Also check “Obtain DNS servers automatically” checked.



Code Retreat is coming!

Code Retreat – not a hackathon, not a competition: A code retreat is a one day event to come and hone your programming skills, meet other programmers, and just have fun!

Ours will be held on Mar 14, 2015 with the main coding event starting at 9:26. Details to follow. We will be limited to 30 attendees and will be announcing it through Meetup in Feb.