Inside Facebook

Our November meetup will be at Facebook, and we'll start with two great presentations about Facebook and iOS.

First, Adam Ernst will talk about Facebook for iOS and its complete rewrite into its current form. Adam is on the iOS engineering team and worked directly on Facebook for iOS and will also share lessons learned and helpful hints for iOS developers who want to develop apps for scale.

Then we'll meet Christine Abernathy, who works on the Mobile Experience & SDK team at Facebook and is responsible for the new Facebook for iOS SDK. She'll do a technical deep dive into the SDK, heavy on code and examples, in order to facilitate a discussion on the philosophy behind the SDKs and how best to build a rich social experience for mobile apps.

After this, Anand Jagannathan will show us the NewzSocial iPad App that he launched last month. Anand describes NewzSocial as "a Socially Curated News Magazine. Think Facebook for news." NewzSocial is tightly integrated with Facebook for authentication, social curation and article sharing, so it will be great to check it out as an example of what independent developers are doing with Facebook services on iOS.

And finally, have you signed up yet for Renaissance? We're lining up an awesome set of speakers and planning some fantastic events for attendees.

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  • Christine A.

    Sorry folks for the NDA mixup and the initial delays. This is something we realized late in the game was a requirement. I had earlier thought the meeting area was an NDA-free zone, but it was not. Again, apologies for the mixup.

    November 20, 2012

    • Kevin R.

      Yes, I missed it because it is not advisable for anyone at the event to sign that NDA unless they are FB employee.

      November 21, 2012

    • Mark

      I missed the entire event because of the NDA requirement that FB imposed, and it was not advisable to sign.

      November 21, 2012

  • Joey J.

    Good topics, first two presentations were suprisingly great!

    November 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good. FB's presentations were excellent.

    November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the presentations and speakers. Great job. New respect for FB API

    November 20, 2012

  • Hsin-yi (Katy) B.

    I missed most of the first talk due to the long line at signing NDAs... Just a thought, is it possible to send out the NDA for participants sign ahead of time so that line goes super fast on site? Nevertheless, the 2nd talk by Christine was awesome too, get to see how to use FB SDK :-)
    I wonder if anyone recorded the session?

    November 20, 2012

  • Tim B.

    Thanks to Christine for sharing her slides from last night's presentation. Uploaded to meetup.com: http://files.meetup.com/1050569...­

    November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Christine Abernathy's talk really knocked it out of the park. Great content with a working example. Well done!

    November 20, 2012

  • Jeff R.

    Great experience shared about building very performant iOS apps!

    November 20, 2012

  • Kevin R.

    Signing an NDA without getting paid? No description of the confidential information? No expiration time for a binding legal contract?
    Umm, yeah that sounds like something I can't wait to sign!

    1 · November 19, 2012

    • Peter T.

      I'd love to see FB or Google attempt to enforce one of these "must sign to enter" NDAs in court. My bet is they would be found unenforceable. They are also superfluous. Laws against trade secret theft and corporate espionage are sufficient to protect these companies' interests.

      November 20, 2012

    • Art G.

      Maybe so, but there no upside to being dragged into court.

      November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The NDA sign-in was unexpected -- and delayed the start of the meeting by 30 minutes. I arrived early, but it still took 45 minutes to get in the meeting hall. Perhaps we could have emailed in our digital signature of the non-disclosure agreement, along with our info, and our name tag /lanyard could have been prepared and ready when we arrived at the sign-in table. On the other hand, was all this paperwork really necessary at all? After all, what intellectual property could we have stolen by attending this meeting??? Geez.

    November 19, 2012

    • Mark

      I've been to many Microsoft events and never had to sign an NDA.

      November 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Actually there was no NDA, I just meant they were ready for us since they had our info from Meetup ahead of time. All the name tags were prepared ahead; all we had to do was pick them up and walk in the auditorium.

      November 19, 2012

  • Amanda H.

    If you didn't have time to come chat. Here is a quick link to take a look at. http://bit.ly/NmQulD­ Thanks and it was a great presentation! Excellent job FB!

    November 19, 2012

  • Eugene C.

    Great lineup of speakers

    November 19, 2012

  • Tim B.

    Where's the best place to go after the meetup tonight? Antonio's is a bit far from Menlo Park.

    November 19, 2012

    • John S.

      Has a place been chosen?

      November 19, 2012

    • Tim B.

      There's five of us at http://theoasisbeerga...­

      November 19, 2012

  • Lamar J. Williams I.

    Awesome

    November 19, 2012

  • dr.max

    Very good balance of technical and talks and honest presentations. Christine presentation was A++

    November 19, 2012

  • Lamar J. Williams I.

    Tim Burks it was great meeting you. I had an awesome time at Facebook. All 3 speakers did great! I learned a lot. Thanks!

    November 19, 2012

  • ER

    Thanks Christine & Adam for being great hosts. I learned something new about fSDK. Many thanks!

    November 19, 2012

  • Jim L

    Will the slides be available from this evening's Meetup?

    November 19, 2012

    • Art G.

      Only if everyone signs an NDA :)

      November 19, 2012

    • Jim L

      I do not know if everyone signed the NDA or not. I signed it. They got the name on my badge wrong at reception (I am Jim Lola and not Tim Lola). I also do not know how anyone could get in because you had to sign an NDA to get a badge and enter the area.

      November 19, 2012

  • Bob S.

    I had to leave early to catch a flight back to Las Vegas. I talked to several people and would like to pose a question to get your thoughts on this:

    If you had an iOS Developer reporting to you, what would be the difference between them being a "good" developer or a "Great" developer for you?

    I have been getting some really interesting and thoughtful answers. I will share the summary of the answers next week.

    So please let me know your thoughts.

    The meeting tonight had many nice people attending who were gracious and hospitable. This was my first meeting and I really enjoyed it.

    I look forward to attending again.

    Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 19, 2012

  • Art G.

    Yikes! Is anyone actually signing them?

    November 19, 2012

    • Mark

      Some obviously did. I did not as it is not advisable.

      November 19, 2012

  • Kumar S.

    Work seems to be never ending, especially when you want to get somewhere. Sorry, can't make it this time!

    November 19, 2012

    • Shalab

      Same here.. I have changed my invite RSVP to no. Enjoy the meeting everyone..

      November 19, 2012

  • Michael S.

    7:18 and there is still room for more here.

    November 19, 2012

    • Bob

      On the waiting list

      November 19, 2012

  • Art G.

    Unused invitations should go back into the general pool.

    November 19, 2012

  • Jay G.

    hashtag on Twitter is #SViOS

    November 19, 2012

  • Charles C.

    Apparently 1 Hacker Way is not registered with the Apple Maps App. Try 1 Network Circle, Menlo Park, CA

    1 · November 19, 2012

    • Mohammad A.

      Also, if you arrive early, there is a Starbucks next to campus (1401 Willow Road Menlo Park, CA 94025).

      November 19, 2012

  • Sebastien T.

    Hey guys, a seat is available in the car from SFO. Departure : Fillmore street and Eddy street 5:30pm. Anyone interested?

    November 19, 2012

  • Ping

    We have upcoming meetup events in Mountain View, which will cover setting up the BlackBerry development environment, getting familiar with the tools; and cover the 10k Developer Commitment inside out, get to know how to qualify your Apps for the 10k criteria , if you're interested, please join us at: http://www.meetup.com­.... Thanks!

    November 19, 2012

  • Sreekumar M.

    anyone not able to make it? please forward your invitation to [masked]. Appreciated.

    November 19, 2012

  • Hyunwoo P.

    Is there person cannot able to come this event ?
    I am really want to attend this but still waiting~^^;
    If anyone who can't join , can you toss your invitation ?

    November 19, 2012

  • Mohammad A.

    I am driving to the event from Sunnyvale (close to Lawrence Caltrain station). I have one seat available in the car if anyone is interested.

    November 19, 2012

  • henry c.

    hey tim, will this event be video taped? i do recall you were able to get this done on occasion and it would certainly relieve a lot of people of forcing the issue to attend or not.

    thanks!
    henry

    November 19, 2012

    • Tim B.

      Hi Henry, unfortunately no, tonight's event won't be recorded. You must be present to win :) but if there's interest, we might bring part of this back at Renaissance in January.

      November 19, 2012

  • Romy I.

    This is very cool! thanks for putting on this event. 1. are there any chances of volunteering for renaissance?
    2. i'd love to have a technical corner talking tech to people smarter and more experienced than i am in ios dev. anyone interested?

    November 19, 2012

  • Dirk de K.

    Hi there, anyone driving down from SF? Would love to carpool. Thanks!

    November 19, 2012

    • Cyprian C.

      I am going to rent a car from SFO then will drive to FB and back to Downtown. If you want you can join me on the ride to SFO and then I can take u to FB and back to the SF.

      1 · November 19, 2012

  • Matías S.

    Hey! A friend of mine join to the event, buy he can't go. I can go with his name? I am on waitlist.

    November 19, 2012

  • Fabian F.

    I RSVPd weeks ago, but now I get an email saying the event is full and I can join the wait list. What happened?

    November 18, 2012

    • Tim B.

      Hi Fabian, sorry to hear that. Unfortunately I don't have visibility into meetup.com's processes, but I can say that I didn't do anything specific to cause this. Also, because Facebook's space is limited, we can only guarantee space to the "yes" RSVP's, but in the past we've always had enough space for everyone on our waitlists.

      November 18, 2012

    • Fabian F.

      Ok, I see. A colleague of mine got on the attendee list and wants to offer his seat to me, because he can't make it. Possible?

      November 18, 2012

  • Tim B.

    To speed up registration, Facebook security asked me for a list of names of people who are coming. If you're using meetup.com with an incomplete name, you'll still be able to get in, but expect a little more effort at the door.

    November 18, 2012

  • Myra N.

    Is there a wait list?

    November 17, 2012

  • Matías S.

    I'm coming from Argentina and I really would like to join this meetup. A friend of mine has already signup for the event, is there a waiting list or something like that? thanks in advance.

    November 15, 2012

  • Jerry W.

    I also would like to join the meetup if possible.

    November 14, 2012

  • henry c.

    whoops, missed on signing up last night. tim, let us know if standard protocol in showing up anyways for the 50% flake. thanks!

    November 14, 2012

  • Lap C.

    I would like to join this meetup too. Please let me know if there is another spot. thanks.

    November 14, 2012

  • Hyunwoo P.

    If any spot , plz let me know. I hope to join this meetup

    November 13, 2012

  • Joey J.

    Expecting yet another great meetup, as usual. Kudos to Tim for taking the time/effort to make these happen!

    November 12, 2012

  • Romy I.

    I love hearing speakers--is there any opportunity to sit down and just hang out with people hacking out the facebook SDK? i have been learning ioS but haven't gotten so far until now. I'd love to have the oportunity to speak to cool facebook evangelists about common issues that trip up beginning developers with their awesome sdk.

    October 31, 2012

    • Joey J.

      @Romy -- its not you, its the Facebook SDK that is to blame for any confusion and frustration.

      November 12, 2012

  • Antonio P.

    Also my first meetup! Very excited!
    I have a question: I just appear at the meet up, and show my meetup account? Or I should do something before?

    Thank you!!!

    1 · November 7, 2012

  • Jane

    I would like to registrate another person. Can I cancel my registration? what shold I do?

    November 7, 2012

  • Cyprian C.

    Excited to join my first meetup. Hope to share some user experience tips for iOS devs using https://heatma.ps­

    November 5, 2012

  • David N.

    This looks like a great event and this will be my first meetup. Really looking forward to this and many more!

    1 · November 3, 2012

  • Romy I.

    whoa! are there any volunteer opportunities for renaissance? $600 is worth it, but for the indie developers, any possibilities to give back to the community through sweat and labor? =D

    October 31, 2012

  • Howard W.

    New developers \ owners. I have been collecting email addresses the past 4 years via my iOS app MySportsPicks. I am now in a unique situation that will let me sell at very reasonable price the means to reach 25K confirmed opted in iOS users. When I started my company I always wished I had a way to directly let iOS users know about my app. The way we developed our app users have to log in with an email address to access the data. Since we now have this info and they have opted in we are looking to help new developers get the word out about their apps. If you are interested please shoot me an email at [masked]

    October 15, 2012

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