September 16th meetup scheduled at Xebia in Hilversum. Office is reachable by train when traveling to Hilversum Sportpark station. Go check it out, again. :)

October 22nd meetup scheduled. TouchWonders will be hosting us in their Utrecht office. :) Go Check it out.

Summer is coming to a close

Our last meetup was in July. And during the quietest summer months Niels, Bart and me have been discussing about what to do when the summer is over.

Well, no worries. There will be meetups. Actually we’re thinking up our next meetup in August.

Looking back over to on the past year it’s been quite a ride. At some point I offered Peter a hand and before I knew it he had a great opportunity back in the US. He followed up on that and all of a sudden I was alone heading this CocoaHeadsNL thing. Things went reasonably well I think. But I did need a hand… Cause this stuff takes more time than you expect. Fortunately a few people responded to my request for help and I had the hard choice of whose offer for help to accept. In the end Bart, Niels and me came to an agreement and ahead we went.

For the coming months… I’m planning on being on the september and november meetups to get as much feedback and ideas as possible. Some of you might have noticed we are in a searching mode of sorts. Trying to find a format that suits our group of Cocoa enthousiasts.

So as always. Let me know your feedback, ideas and suggestions.

And hopefully we’ve got some nice surprises again in the coming months. I am currently working on getting another one of those “special speakers” at one of our next meetups again. But also the recent pub thing seems to have turned out great.

:)

Hope to see you all soon in the next meetup. It’s going to go up in about a week or two on Meetup.com: http://www.meetup.com/CocoaHeadsNL/

Regards,

Bart, Niels and Jeroen

I’ll make sure we have soccer running from 18:00. So we won’t miss anything during dinner. And you won’t have that as an excuse not to come join us. :)

This months CocoaHeadsNL meeting will be in Amersfoort at Sogeti. Location details are on the meetup page.

During this meetup we’re going to try something new. Just to mix things up a little. I am planning on doing an open floor evening.

So bring you laptops! During the evening we’re going to talk about the new stuff announced during the WWDC. And together we’ll try and make something of it.

Perhaps you have been doing something with “the new stuff” already? Please take the opportunity to share that with us! It would be wonderful if a few people can show their progress with extensions or the new interface builder features or whatever is new in the iOS 8 and OSX 10.10 SDKs.

Maybe you are very proud of your current project? Talk about it. Tell us what part your most fond of. And show some code if possible.

At the start of the evening if you have a topic to talk about. Be it 5 minutes, 10 minutes or more… approach me and I’ll compile a list and schedule everyone if possible. Think Ted Style shorts type of evening, but then with Apple dev stuff.

I’ll make sure to have some slides ready to introduce everything and get everybody in the knowledge sharing mind-set.

Right after the soccer we will dig into stuff.

It’s a bit short notice… but we’re hosting a Keynote party at App Academy during the Apple Keynote.

Doors open at 18:00, Keynote starts at 19:00.

App Academy has graciously donated a room, beamer and internet to show the keynote on.

We are assuming Apple will provide a live stream. If by any chance that’s not the case we will fall back to social media and other well known websites.

Also of note, my employer, Xebia has offered to sponsor some drinks and some food during the evening.

Hey everybody, we’re on meetup now. I’m planning on moving away from EventBrite. Meetup just offers so much more interesting features. I couldn’t resist. Last night nobody raised any eyebrows when I mentioned my intentions, so here goes… :)

21st May meeting in Amsterdam

Hello everybody, typing this while listening to a TextKit session on the UIKonf. Due to some workload I did not get around to putting this online earlier.

We will be hosted by MindDistrict.

On the 21st Ash Furrow will talk about UICollectionViews. He’ll give us the nitty gritty on that. Jan-Jaap Driesen will talk about appium on iOS (and android).

Yes that’s on wednesday.

MindDistrict will be hosting us at their “training/conference room”. You should take the entrace of restaurant ‘Tot zo’. Address info.

MindDistrict will provide pizza and drinks for 40 people max. So please make sure to register, I’m expecting and hoping the available seats will go fast.

RSVP can be done, as always, on EventBrite

May meeting at MindDistrict

Since this months meeting didn’t happen, I started working on next months meetup.

It’ll be on a wednesday this time round, the 21st of may. So mark it down everybody.

It’s gonna be awesome. Jan-Jaap from mind district has agreed to host us with pizza, beer and cola. Epic indeed… :)

Jan-Jaap or one of his peers will tell us about MindDistrict’s approach to automated testing with Appium. This should be interesting. And I’ll be closely watching this to see if there’s anything I can bring back to my own project. I’d like to call everybody out to be open about the details of their testing approach during the evening. There is a lot we can learn from each other and a lot we can gain by doing automated testing in a cool fashion.

Also I am very happy to announce the second speaker of the evening: Ash Furrow has agreed to come and talk. His topic is still a bit of a surprise, but knowing Ash, it’ll be good one, interesting to all people present.

In a few weeks I will post the announcement.

Also, use the cocoaheadsnl google group to plan meetings and give shout-outs to what you are doing during Appril: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/cocoaheadsnl