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iOS Development Survival Guide for the .NET Guy

You’ve been a .NET developer for the last 10 years. You love Visual Studio. You can spit out C# like a boy scout can tie a knot. But now your boss wants you to build an iPad app for the company. Or maybe you got a good deal on a Mac on eBay and you’ll finally write that cool iPhone app that will top the other 600K in the iOS App Store. So where do you get started? What development environment do you use? How do you write apps in Objective C? What other tools & libraries can you use? This session is your survival guide to the world of iOS development as seen from the eyes of a .NET developer. We’ll start from the basics and build our first iOS app, using analogies and comparisons from the familiar world of Visual Studio as our guide. We’ll also discuss how to test & deploy our app, and hack our way through the Apple forest, learning to blend in and talk like a true native. If you’ve ever considered dipping your toes in the iWaters, this session is your chance to take your first dive.

Prerequisites: Basics of .NET Development, Visual Studio 2010/2012, Intermediate C#
1.       Learn the basics of iOS development, Objective-C and Xcode.
2.       Learn the differences between .NET and iOS from a development point of view.
3.       Learn how to design & build simple applications for iPhone and iPad.


Speaker: Nick Landry

Nick Landry (@ActiveNick) is a Senior Product Manager for Infragistics, the   world leader in user interface development tools that empower developers to build and style immersive user experiences and rich data visualization in line of business applications across all .NET platforms, the Web and mobile devices (


Nick is at the helm of Infragistics’ mobile, data visualization and geospatial developer tools across multiple technologies and platforms. He previously spent a total of 16 years of his career in IT consulting and services organizations across various technical and business roles, designing, building, managing and selling innovative software solutions for some of the world's top brands and Fortune 500 companies.

Known for his dynamic and engaging style, he is a frequent speaker at major software development conferences worldwide like TechEd, DevConnections, VSLive, and others, and is a 9-year Microsoft MVP awarded on Windows Phone Development. With over 20 years of professional experience, Nick is a developer and software architect by trade and specializes in Enterprise Mobility, Location Intelligence & Geospatial development, Data Visualization, Touch Computing, Cloud Computing and Mobile Game Development. He wrote multiple technical magazine articles, published white papers, wrote several mobility courses, has been a technical editor for IT books, and holds several professional certifications.

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  • Nick L.

    Hey guys, since I've posted prior versions of these slides & demos on my blog, I decided to simply link the latest updated slides & demos I used last night in here. I will not be posting this on my blog again.


    The demo is the completed Xcode project is loaded after the initial project I started from scratch. The slides are current including all the iOS 7 and Xcode 5 details I mentioned.

    Thanks again for coming and keep the feedback coming.


    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good meetup. One thing I wanted to add from my own experience with iOS is that although XCode can be a pain to use when compared to Visual Studio there is one thing it does very well: The Performance Analysis tools built-in to XCode are extremely powerful and, dare I say it, even better then those included in Visual Studio. They're great for analyzing CPU and memory usage. I've used them several times to find memory leaks and other problem areas in my code.

    September 13, 2013

  • Eric

    Great meetup -- Objective C doesn't seem so foreign to this C# developer anymore -- thanks Nick! At first I was worried that you weren't going to have time to get into the meat of the material, but the pacing was good and you fit in all the content (and more) that we .NET guys (and gal) need to get started with iOS development. Thanks again to you and Infragistics for hosting.

    September 13, 2013

  • Frank S.

    Direction hints please? Google maps is taking me to the train station :/

    September 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      40*20'48" 74*29'22"

      September 12, 2013

  • Nick L.

    WFB, my colleague Brent already covered Xamarin.iOS at the June meeting, and we'll have more such sessions in the future. Tomorrow's topic is for all devs curious about iOS development, whether it's done via Objective-C or C#. I cover the native Obj-C side tomorrow, but as all experienced Xamarin devs know, you need to understand the app platform and architecture too since Xamarin doesn't change that. Looking forward to seeing you there.

    September 11, 2013

  • WFB

    How about Xamarin?

    August 20, 2013

  • Dave Y.

    I might be late, or I might need to leave early.

    August 20, 2013

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