WNY iPhone Developers' June 1st meetup

From: Curtis D.
Sent on: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:18 PM
RSVP here:
http://www.meetup.com/WNYiPhoneDev/calendar/13595702/

Announcements for the June 1st meetup:

* We're now meeting twice a month, on the first and third Tuesday.
* Lesson 2 of Vic's training sessions will continue with Chapters 4 and 5 of Beginning iPhone Development.
* There was a problem with the video from Lesson 1. Vic plans to re-record the lesson and post the video when he gets a chance.
* Have an idea for something you want to share or discuss? Post it here and we'll get it on the schedule: http://www.meetup.com/WNYiPhoneDev/ideas/

Rough agenda:

7:00pm - 7:15pm: Meet new people, decide what we want to cover.
7:15pm - 8:15pm: Training session for new iPhone developers, led by Vic.
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 Session for new iPhone Developers

Vic has volunteered to lead a series of tutorial sessions for new iPhone developers to kick off each each meetup. We're covering topics in the order presented in Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK by Jeff LaMarche (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1430216263/). Students 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.com/BecomeAnXcoder.pdf) 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.

We'll be posting videos of past lessons online to help you get caught up if you've missed some meetings. However, it's best to attend the meetup so that you can ask questions and get some hands-on experience.

Big thanks to Buffalo Hacker Space 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: http://www.meetup.com/hackerspaces/about/

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