14 months of CocoaHeadsNYC

You might not guess it if you've been checking this blog since November 2013, but we have been having lively meetings every month:

  • December 12, 2013. Paul Kim talked about the design and implementation of his open source OpenPanel built on ConnectionKit.
  • January 9, 2014. Two speakers:
    • Andy Lee showed a little one-off utility he wrote to get a column of images into a Numbers file.
    • Avi Drissman showed a cool thing about AppKit internals.
  • February 20, 2014. There wasn't one main presenter, but a couple of people volunteered to do show-and-tells, and Ed Marczak facilitated a general discussion. (Postponed from the usual second Thursday to the third Thursday.)
  • March 13, 2014. Howard Olah-Reiken shared his recent experience using iOS view animation to develop a drag-and-drop game with points and lives.
  • April 10, 2014. Andy Lee presented "Table Views on the Mac, for iOS Developers".
  • May 8, 2014. David Cilia of GrubHub gave a presentation on CocoaPods. Many thanks to David and to GrubHub for hosting and feeding us this month.
  • June 12, 2014. The Kinsa Smart Thermometer uses the headphone jack on mobile devices as a signal input for precise medical temperature measurements. Mike Akers discussed how Kinsa deals with the technical and usability challenges they faced. The post-meeting dinner this month was Thai food at Spice.
  • July 10, 2014. This month's meeting was kindly hosted, again, by GrubHub. Two speakers:
    • Pavan Podila demoed his screen utility QuickLens ("Explore the UI, down to the Pixels").
    • Ariel Michaeli, CEO of appFigures, talked about the reporting service his company provides.
  • August 14, 2014. Dave Wiskus discussed his work as the designer of Vesper.
  • September 11, 2014. Kevin Wolkober talked about KuaiBoard, his iOS 8 keyboard app, and about iOS keyboard apps in general.
  • October 9, 2014. Pavan Padila agreed to give a follow-up talk on QuickLens, to discuss the many problems he solved in making a usable, responsive, and testable screen utility. Pavan also waxed enthusiastic about RubyMotion.
  • November 13, 2014. Mike Gozzo, visiting from Montreal, gave a talk titled "Getting to know your users as well you know your code".
  • December 11, 2014. Daniel Steinberg was in town. He gave his "What the Func?" talk about Swift functions.
  • January 8, 2015. Andy Lee showed how he added in-app purchases of auto-renewing subscriptions to a Mac app.

UPDATE: Whoops! I just noticed three other months had gone unmentioned.

  • August 8, 2013. Brian Papa talked about his bicycling app, and what he's learned about MapKit and working with NYC OpenData.
  • September 12, 2013. Samantha John, co-founder at Hopscotch Technologies, talked about Hopscotch.
  • October 10, 2013. Natalie Podrazik, then at 29th Street Publishing, talked about how they implemented Emily Books Reader, their first Book Club app in the newsstand.

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