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Let's start the year of building apps with the dreaded tip calculator!

  • Wolters Kluwer

    1410 N Westshore blvd, suite 400, Tampa, FL (map)

    27.955374 -82.525505

  • It’s at the southwest corner of North Westshore and Laurel, north of Cypress and south of Spruce St./Boy Scout Blvd.
  • Please note that the date for this meetup has changed to Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30 p.m., which is one week later than the originally scheduled date. But with this date change comes a confirmed location — Wolters Kluwer's office on North Westshore!

    “How do I make this kind of app?” It’s the question I’m asked most often during the Q&A portion of Tampa iOS Meetup. Together, we’re going to address it in the new year by making it The Year of Building Apps, and I hope you’ll join us!

    In programming, there’s a “forest vs. trees” problem. 

    Even simple apps make use of a number of aspects of programming, any one of which you can study in depth. You can spend days learning about iOS’ user interface controls (there’s a whole book on Auto Layout, and even a book just on table views!), weeks covering the ins and outs of Core Data, and months on the various parts of SpriteKit, and still have lots of other topics to look over. 

    The big challenge is taking those bits of knowledge — the trees — and applying and assembling them into an app — the forest

    Tampa iOS Meetup is going to devote its 2017 sessions to walking you through the process of turning those trees into forests. Each session will cover the building of a single app from start to finish. I’ll provide an overview of what we want the app to do, show you the iOS features, technologies, and libraries that you’ll need in order to build the app, and explain how you can bring them together to make the app a reality.

    Whether you’re new to programming, or new to iOS programming, or have been learning iOS programming for a little while but are having trouble making the leap from doing tutorials to writing your own finished apps, if your new year’s resolution is to get an app in the App Store, you’ll want to come to the 2017 edition of Tampa iOS Meetup!

    We’ll kick off the first meetup of the new year with a deceptively simple app: the tip calculator.

    Why “dreaded”? That’s because at its heart, it’s a relatively simple app, which means that there are so many tip calculator apps, and so many of them are downright terrible. Our goal for the meetup will be to cover the many ways to make a tip calculator app that you wouldn't be ashamed to put in your developer portfolio.

    We’ll cover a number of topics in this session, including:

    • User interface controls

    • Animations and other visual effects

    • Rounding functions

    • Useful hints on the Swift programming language

    • The little things that make an app feel more solid and professional

    This session will be suitable for newcomers to iOS development. If you’ve done some simple JavaScript development, you shouldn’t have any problem following along. If you’re new to programming in general, but have always wanted to make an iOS app, this is an ideal first project.

    You’ll come out of this session with a better understanding of the app development process, as well as source code and notes that you can use in writing your own apps.

    Come join us at the Tampa iOS Meetup! Learn about iOS programming, meet your peers in the Tampa Bay area, have some fun, and take the first step to creating your own apps and putting them in the App Store!

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  • JJ

    What do I need for software to attend?

    January 11

    • Joey D.

      Hello, JJ!

      The presentation is still useful without a computer, but if you want to follow along at the event, you’ll need a Mac running the current version of Xcode. Luckily, Xcode's available for free on the Mac App Store.

      January 11

  • Scott S.

    Two questions: (1) What parking is available? (2) If there are files that we need, could you please post them in advance? Army last meeting, my MacBook couldn't connect to the meeting site's wi-fi, so it was nearly impossible to get the files at the meeting. Thanks.

    January 10

    • Joey D.

      Hey, Scott!

      Good news on both fronts:

      1. Wolters Kluwer’s building has a nice big parking space, so there’ll be free parking aplenty.

      2. Wolters Kluwer has considerably more wifi bandwidth than our old space, so yes, there’ll be wifi access. I’m also doing a fair bit of prep work for this year’s presentations, so I can post those files in advance.

      January 11

  • Joey D.

    They're going to focus on Swift.

    1 · December 21

  • Steve W.

    are these sessions going to focus on swift or objective C?

    December 20

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