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WNY iPhone Developers' Group: First Tuesday Meetup

  • Jun 7, 2011 · 7:00 PM
  • Buffalo Makerspace

New Location!

The Buffalo Hackerspace/Makerspace/Lab is moving downtown, and we're moving with them. Going forward we will be meeting at 523 Main Street in Buffalo. There's also an alternative entrance on 500 Washington Street.


* The Makerspace folks are requesting a $5/month donation from non-members who attend meetups in their space. This helps them cover their rent/network/utility costs. If you can bring a little cash for them, they'd appreciate the help.
* We meet twice a month, on the first and third Tuesday.
* Have an idea for something you want to share or discuss? Post it here and we'll get it on the schedule:

Rough agenda:

7:00pm - 7:15pm: Meet new people, decide what we want to cover.
7:15pm - 8:15pm: Introductory topics/tutorial sessions if new iOS developers are present and interested.
8:15pm - 9:30pm: Intermediate/advanced topics, code reviews, demos, etc.
9:30pm - whenever: Hang out, socialize, hack, conspire, scheme, whatnot.

The WNY iPhone Developers' Meetup welcomes anyone who is interested in iPhone/iPad development. Whether you're new to the platform or a seasoned pro, we try to make sure that everyone gets something out of each meetup.

We start each meeting with an introductory training session for new iPhone developers, and progress to more varied and advanced topics as the evening progresses. Topics we may discuss include:

* Finish an app recently? Congratulations! Give us a demo and we'll celebrate together.
* Learned any intermediate/advanced iPhone APIs, open source libraries, or coding tricks lately? Teach us!
* Curious about an API or technology? Ask the group. Maybe someone has some relevant experience they can share.
* Stuck on a bug? We'll try to fix it together, and maybe we'll all learn something new.
* Working on an app and want constructive criticism? We can put it up on the projector and review your UI or your code.
* Not sure about the best way to approach some problem? Let's talk about it.
* What are the most successful strategies and tactics for marketing an app? Let's share what we've learned.

Training Sessions for new iPhone Developers

When new iOS developers attend who are interested in a gentle introduction to the platform, Vic Konshin sometimes presents tutorial sessions that walk through the basics of iOS development. We typically decide at the beginning of the Meetup whether or not there are attendees who would value such an introduction. If you plan to attend an upcoming Meetup, and would value such an introductory session, please let us know.

If you'd like to come prepared, Vic typically covers topics from Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK by Jeff LaMarche ( If possible, you are encouraged to pick up the book ahead of time.

The LaMarche book assumes that you have some experience writing software in C. If you're worried that you may not have the experience necessary to follow along, try working through the free ebook, Become an Xcoder ahead of time (http://www.cocoalab.c...) This is a great (and short) "getting started" book that assumes no previous programming experience. If you're still confused, don't worry. There will be experienced developers present who can help answer your questions. Source code and notes from the lessons can be found at: http://www.vicsstuff.....

Big thanks to Buffalo Hackerspace for giving us a place to meet. You don't have to become a Hackerspace member to attend our meetup, but we encourage you to consider it:

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