One of our biggest promotions by Apple started yesterday. They have included a banner to Landscaper’s Companion for iPad on the front page of the Reference category of the app store. We’re beyond excited, and honored, for this. Thank you for your support.
The Utah Mobile Developers group doesn’t meet often, but when we do, you don’t want to miss ‘em. This one is no different.
This is the best lineup of mobile developers we’ve ever had in Utah.
Free food and giveaways (including iTunes gift cards!).
Trevor Mckendrick – “How to do €3,000 worth of iOS market research for free.”
Zach Holmquist – “A Post-mortem on Failing in Success.”
Clifton Labrum – “Building Native Mobile Apps with Titanium and Your Mom.”
Ben Dolman – “Integrating Dropbox File Synchronization.”
Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30pm.
Neumont University in Sandy. Room #300.
Southerners, seriously, this will be worth the extra 10 minutes to drive over the point.
Can’t wait to see you all there.
We’re lucky to have a lot of world-class iOS and Mac developers in the state of Utah. We’re also lucky that we have a few very active meetups for anyone interested in being part of the iOS and Mac community. Here are the top events:
Salt Lake City Cocoaheads – Salt Lake City chapter of the international organization, Cocoaheads.org. Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 7pm a at Neumont University in Sandy (106th South). Very active group of independent and fulltime Mac and iOS developers. Join the Facebook group to stay up to date and message members.
UICoder-SLC – Informal meetup of developers to hack on a weekly basis. Everyone gathers at Paradise Bakery on 4th South every Tuesday (except on the 1st) from 6pm-ish to whenever. Join the Google Group, firstname.lastname@example.org to keep in touch.
Utah Mobile Developers Facebook Group – Facebook group with almost 200 members throughout the state. Active message boards on Facebook. Meetups are held occasionaly. A great group if you are doing iOS and Android.
BYU-Cocoaheads – A BYU sponsored chapter of cocoaheads.org that meets on BYU campus. You don’t have to be a student to attend. They meet the second Thursday of each month at 7pm. Very active group of experts and beginners. Join the google group, email@example.com to know details of upcoming meetings.
NSCoder-Night – informal hack-night in Provo at the Cocoabean Cafe near BYU Campus. Meets on Tuesday nights at 7pm. Join the BYU-Cocoaheads group to stay up to date on meetups.
Please let me know if you have any other iOS or Mac meetups you’d like me to include. Utah also has a great startup community with plenty of events each week. Visit http://startuputah.com/ for details.
Sorry, this is a couple of months old and slipped my mind to share it here. I wrote a guest post a couple of months ago for a local (Utah) entrepreneurship blog, Startup Flavor. As some of you may or may not know, I’ve been full time as an indie developer for over 2 years now. I left corporate American in 2010 to “live the dream” of working for myself, concentrating on building up my top-selling gardening app, Landscaper’s Companion. In this Startup Flavor guest post I share some tips for how to live the dream. Enjoy!
iCloud is cool in theory, but in a lot of cases comes up short for some use-cases. For example, how do you share data between your iPhone and Android apps? Or if you aren’t using Core Data or a have a UIDocument centric app, how do you sync your data?
A few months ago I came across a nifty server called Parse. Basically it’s a NoSQL database in the cloud for mobile and webapps. It also has some extra features like push notifications and user-management builtin. I liked it right off the bat because their iOS API is so easy to implement. The API is lightweight, modern, and block-based. I immediately saw use-cases for it in my apps and started implementing it right away.
In April I presented at the Salt Lake Cocoaheads on the basics of Parse. Here is the presentation: