2013 - Lets make cool sh*t and share it!

  • January 3, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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With 2012 wrapped up, feathers tucked neatly in our hats.   We've accumulated a lot of cool sh*t!

In 2013, I'd like to establish mechanisms and means to share what we've got. Strengthening our ecosystem is the whole point of this shindig, and I think we've got a few developers ready to pull out some amazing stuff.


First up: iCandy Presentations

Tibor - RadEQ


Presentation:  CocoaPods

Jason Leach will present how cocoapods makes pulling in 3rd party code easy


Tips from the Trenches

Argun Tenkant will kick off a new monthly. Kind of like iCandy but technical awesomeness wrapped up in a 3-10 minute talk.


Presentation: AppCode

Edward Povazan will demonstrate the slick AppCode IDE, an alternative to Xcode.  Ed is known for his amazing work with ObjC class extensions, a trick learned from SmallTalk.  He's one of the best talents in town, always exploring and imagineering cool new stuff.


Location Confirmed...  We're good to go!

With the meetup going up so late, we'll do a door of $10.  Cheaper RSVPing if you can, and better for your organizers.


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  • David A.

    Just something i was curious about after Edward's presentation: http://plugins.intellij.net/plugin/?id=1373
    I've used PyCharm.. a very nice editor.

    January 3, 2013

    • David A.

      meh.. it installs but on osx begins by prompting me for a windows project file so I've put it on hold until support for c/c++ improves.

      January 5, 2013

  • Rich

    I enjoyed the AppCode demo and Tips from the Trenches is a great idea

    1 · January 4, 2013

  • Julie Z.

    A question came up last night about what we're using for speech recognition. As mentioned, we've developed our app and logic engine to be SRE independent. At this time, we're using politepix's OpenEars and pocketsphinx. The "magic", as it were is not in the use of speech recognition per se, but in what we do to interpret the semantic meaning of the SRE results in order to engage the user in realistic unscripted conversations. There are similarities to scripting story-based game play - except that in games the programmer controls the options afforded to users, while in our case users are free to say anything they want.

    January 4, 2013

    • Julie Z.

      Not a bad analogy, David. Except the interaction is oral/aural, and - because the goal is improving the users' ability and confidence conversing in English - we evaluate and reward the user for responding in a meaningful ways.

      January 4, 2013

    • David A.

      ok.. I don't mean to trivialize the problem. At some point in the next few days I will send, hopefully constructive, feedback.

      January 4, 2013

  • Julie Z.

    Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback on Supiki. I wish I could have joined the group for drinks afterwards, but my parking ran out and I had to move my car.

    If you downloaded the app and like it, positive ratings and reviews on iTunes would definitely be appreciated :-)

    We’re always working on enhancing and improving the app (next version with added features will be out in about a month) so if anyone has suggestions to send to me would be most welcome.

    January 4, 2013

  • David A.

    On another tack, maps came up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap .. appropriately on Wikipedia. Perhaps if Apple donated some resources to coordinate, oversee, and accelerate the data gathering everyone might benefit. Many people now have GPS, camera, and a penchant for photographing their business, home, or local tourist attractions and there are plenty of image manipulation algorithms to validate them on-the-spot and synch them with the existing data before stitching them into the overall fabric. If the GPS is accurate enough and people were prompted to anonymously drive/walk/ski/... in sparsely-mapped areas (perhaps local businesses could offer specials as rewards to local Mappers) then you would soon start to see details emerge. All data could have a confidence level attached to avoid unplanned tours of the Outback. Big Data for a good cause. Nothing new here to the Apple folks I'm sure.

    Help to Map Our Planet! Steve Jobs might have liked this :>).

    January 4, 2013

  • Aaron H.

    CocoaPods, Notification Center, AppCode.. good stuff tonight!

    January 4, 2013

  • Julie Z.

    How do I get on the list for iCandy?

    January 3, 2013

    • Aaron H.

      Hi Julie, just contact myself or Chris Hobbs. Chris is probably more available than I, and it's a bit of a rush but we can do it.

      January 3, 2013

    • Chris H.

      Julie:.. Hit me up at [masked]. You will have 5 minutes to share. please provide me with a 1280 x 720 wide screen format keynote slide and a small description of the game ASAP.

      January 3, 2013

  • Aaron H.

    Location has been confirmed booked, so we're good to go. :D See you there!

    January 3, 2013

  • Tibor

    Found this today:
    Piracy on non-jailbroken iDevices

    January 2, 2013

  • Aaron H.

    Just added Ed Povazan's talk on AppCode to the lineup.

    December 31, 2012

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