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iOS Study Group (week 1 of 6)

  • Jan 17, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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IMPORTANT: Read to the bottom. There's homework to do, and resources to help you get a jump on things too.

NOTE: please post to the Google Group, not on this page. Any inquiry, comment, discussion, etc is welcome there. You do not have to be enrolled here.


Come and learn to make iOS apps in Objective-C! This will be a consecutive 6 week mini-class on making iOS apps. Dinner will be provided!

We will work as a group to make a very simple app, where you will learn not only Objective-C and iOS, but many important programming concepts. All levels of coders are welcome to attend.

This event is week 1. We will learn Xcode, a little Objective-C, and basic app architecture.


  • 6:30 - 7:15 Dinner
  • 7:15 - 9:00 Group Coding
  • 9:00 - 9:30 Questions

What to do beforehand?

  • You will need a Mac computer running OSX[masked] or later.
  • Please install Xcode from the Mac App Store before you arrive! It is a very large program and will take some time to download.

If you do not have a Mac, please let us know in your RSVP so we can try to pair women together.

As with all Women Who Code events, this event is open only to those who identify as a woman. Women Who Code is emphatically trans- and queer-friendly.

Thanks to StackMob for hosting the event!

Thanks to Let's Date for providing food!

Hello ladies! The response to this event has been overwhelming, and more than we anticipated. We are ecstatic that so many of you want to learn.

We want to clarify that structure and material are not finalized. This six week study group is an experiment, where we’ll learn from you while we share our experience. It will be followed by the multi-week course, using the new curriculum we develop together.

Learning iOS development can be VERY tricky. One of the hardest parts of learning to make iOS apps is learning to use Xcode itself. We have been there; experienced teachers and mentors make ALL the difference.

We are convinced that a multi-week curriculum, teacher-led, is prerequisite for getting a good first experience of iOS development.


The Google Group for all iOS things at Women Who Code is!forum/ios-study-group . Please join it! Whether you’re confirmed for this event or currently waitlisted, we encourage you to follow-up over there.

If you’d like to prep for this class ahead of time, or do independent study while waiting to get into the class, go for it =) On the wiki, we've compiled some of our favorite resources for anyone doing self-guided iOS learning. You can do that solo, or use the Google Group to connect with study buddies.

(P.S. If you are willing to host a small group of study buddies at your own office, please let us know on the Google Group.)

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  • Romy I.

    Hi, thanks for coming last night! We have several mail threads on the iOS study group.!forum/ios-study-group

    - Shiney has a screencast with a walk through introduction to xcode
    - We are looking for someone (Michelle G?) to lead a study group at General Assembly this Saturday morning from 930am-1230pm
    - I set up a thread for more advanced programmers, those with experience in iOS and or other languages

    Please direct discussions to:!forum/ios-study-group

    January 18, 2013

  • Michelle G.

    How many people in the waitlist would be interested in doing a study group even without free dinner? I might be able to help with a space.

    1 · January 11, 2013

    • Bernadette

      I would totally be in

      January 15, 2013

    • Toccara B.

      i would be in!

      January 17, 2013

  • Kiz

    Thanks so much for the last minute good news! I'm glad to hear I've come off the wait list and have been added to the class. I look forward to seeing everyone tonight :)

    January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So will this Study Group be a lecture? Will it be offered again(Week1), I'm on the waitlist.

    January 13, 2013

  • Sakura

    Oh yay! So happy to be added. Thank you!

    1 · January 10, 2013

    • Sakura

      and thank you StackMob! :D

      January 11, 2013

  • Carina C. Z.

    Hi folks! Thanks for all interest. There are 100 people on the wait list for this event, and it looks like approximately everyone would be delighted to find an alternative [something] to participate in. Everyone who has RSVP’d gets automatically emailed when comments are posted here. So rather than more upvotes hitting inboxes, hang tight! :-) WomenWhoCode will have something to announce for you soon.

    2 · January 11, 2013

  • Ruchira

    In XCode one has to install the iOS simulators as separate components under Preferences | Downloads | Components. Is a particular version of iOS being targeted? I'm being presented with options for 4.3, 5.0, and 5.1.

    1 · January 11, 2013

    • Michele T.

      We are targeting iOS 4 and higher. Xcode installs a simulator for iOS 6 automatically, so you do not need to download an older simulator. Great question!

      January 11, 2013

  • Romy I.

    I'll ask the group what they think about this at the meeting:

    there are ruby railsbridge alumni study groups. I think they would welcome ios study group folks. Maybe if you can't make it to the first ios study group, you could meet later in the week at one of the railsbridge alumni meetups in a cafe?

    January 10, 2013

  • Jennifer D.

    Any way you can provide a google hangout that folks can watch and participate remotely?

    3 · January 10, 2013

  • Erin M.

    woot! me too!

    1 · January 10, 2013

  • Romy I.

    Hi I've started a discussion thread on Women Who Code for any further discussions. Good place for things like suggestions for videos, books, class notes, etc.[masked]

    January 8, 2013

  • Amy M.

    This is nice. Is there any chance we can do one in silicon valley later? I don't mind to help set this up!

    1 · January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My workplace would be happy to provide a location (we're in SOMA, convenient to both BART and CalTrain.) Shoot me an email at [masked] to discuss.

    1 · January 7, 2013

    • Kamilah T.

      Is the current venue you're working in the South Bay?

      January 7, 2013

    • Michele T.

      This will be in San Francisco.

      January 7, 2013

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