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Where Will Jon Be in Fall 2017?

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Do you enjoy conferences and workshops? Here’s my conference schedule for this fall:

October 7–8: Intro to TDD (non iOS) in San Jose

Last year, I attended Silicon Valley Code Camp for the first time. This year, I’ll be teaching a session: Intro to Test Driven Development.

This won’t be specific to iOS development. Instead, it’ll be platform agnostic, for anyone with a little programming experience.

This year, it’ll be hosted at the PayPal campus in San Jose, California. Details are still coming, and I don’t know yet when my session will be. But you can’t beat the price, which will be little more than a nominal lunch fee.

Send any programmers you know in the area. Also managers! They’ll get a taste of TDD from someone who’s been practicing it since 2001.

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October 25–26: TDD Workshop in Seattle

My one-day TDD Workshop for iOS Developers has been well-received in Verona, San Jose, Chicago, and Indianapolis. This time, it’s coming to Seattle as part of Swift by Northwest.

The last time I taught the workshop (for a company, not a conference), I kept saying, “Wow, there’s so much we can cover. This could easily be a two-day workshop.” So guess what? This time, you can spend two solid days with me, learning Test Driven Development for iOS!

Register for Workshop

Early-Bird Tuition sale ends on September 1.

October 27–28: Swift by Northwest

The intimate traveling conference CocoaConf has stopped traveling. It’s roosted in Seattle, and taken on a new name. I’m honored to be included in the launch of Swift by Northwest!

My session will be on the SOLID Design Principles. But I want to try something a little different this time:

  • No slides. Live scribbling instead.
  • Not a “presentation,” but a seminar. There will be discussion.

I think it’ll be a lot of fun. From our shared experiences, we’ll all become better software designers.

Register for Swift by NW

Early-Bird Conference sale ends on September 2.

Will you be at any of these events? Let me know by leaving a note below!

Please Take My 2017 Reader Survey

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I want to ensure my platform does the best possible job of answering your needs and interests. And that means I need to know more about you. To do that, I’ve created my 2017 Reader Survey.

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Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the survey? By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself. Why? Because you will be helping me create content even more interesting and relevant to you.

Your input is important to me. The survey is easy to fill out, and the results are completely anonymous. I can’t tell who said what. And you can finish in five minutes.

Yes, I’m Happy to Help. Take Me to the Survey!

Thanks in advance for your help.

Love Swift? Want to Visit Charming / Quirky Japan?

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If you’re interested in Swift development, and want to visit Japan, start making plans to go to the next try! Swift conference in Tokyo. It was my privilege to be a speaker earlier this month.

Let me share my impressions of the conference, and why you might consider making the trip there.

(But first, a side-note about this blog: Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately! I was spending my time preparing for try! Swift Tokyo 2017. Next up is CocoaConf Chicago, where I’ll be leading a TDD workshop in addition to giving a talk. But I’ve also continued to TDD a JSON parsing example, in both Objective-C and Swift versions, so I have plenty to blog about. To make sure you don’t miss any new articles, you can sign up to get updates via email.)

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“Riko”, the official logo of try! Swift Tokyo

First, let me point out the conference’s logo/mascot. The Swift bird has never been so adorable! Without a doubt, this is the cutest tech conference logo I’ve ever seen.

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Where Will Jon Be in Fall of 2016?

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Do you enjoy conferences and workshops? I’m looking forward to attending, teaching, and speaking at these events in the fall of 2016…

Developing a Design Sense for Your Code

First up is something I’m attending.

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Thank You for an Awesome 2014!

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Wow. I could never have imagined how 2014 would play out for Quality Coding. Check out this collage:

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Can you find yourself? Lower-right photo courtesy of Victor Pimentel

There are many people I want to thank, and I’m excited about what lies ahead for this blog.

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Quality Coding: Europe 2014 Tour

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For my European readers: I have two speaking engagements coming up in January 2014. The first is with Mobile Central Europe in Warsaw on January 11. I’m honored to be part of this brand new developer’s conference! Here’s the cool conference trailer:

Then after an eBay iOS Developer Meeting in Berlin on January 13 (for eBay Inc. employees only), I’ll be speaking at eBay Tech Talk in Berlin on January 14 (open to the public).

I hope to meet some of you soon!

September Update: I capped things off with iOSDevUK and NSSpain.

My Interview on the NSBrief Podcast

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NSBrief is a fun and informative podcast about Cocoa “developer-y topics.” I’m honored that I had my moment of glory on Episode #97: Jon Reid.

NSBrief

Host extraordinaire Saul Mora and I had an hour-and-a-half conversation about iOS unit testing, test driven development, and such.

There are a quite a few other episodes, but I’d like to recommend two in particular relating to testing:

Do you have any questions about anything we said during the podcast? Leave a comment below.

Which Conference Should You Attend? CocoaConf vs. WWDC

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I just wrapped up a great weekend with CocoaConf San Jose. I’ve gotta say: if you’re looking to maximize bang for your buck, save the money you’d spend on WWDC and consider CocoaConf instead!

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First, there’s the stress of trying to get a WWDC ticket. Then the expense. Sure, there are all those great talks, but Apple makes the videos available to registered developers. I think the main reason to continue going to WWDC is if you’re really desperate to get help in the Apple labs.

I’d never been to another iOS/Mac developer’s conference before this past weekend. I was impressed by:

  • The small size. With only a hundred developers, there were many opportunities to build relationships, even with the speakers.
  • The speakers. This is a class act of experienced people. Many of them are published authors. They’re there because they’re passionate about their craft.
  • The food. Remember when WWDC food used to be decent, before the iOS-induced population explosion? This was like that, only better. Much better.
  • The duration. My brain is full by the third day of any conference. CocoaConf wisely stops there.
  • The price. Way cheaper.

I came away having learned good stuff. But maybe just as important, I made genuine human connections. (Good luck doing that at the great cattle-herding of WWDC.)

CocoaConf is a traveling conference, hitting up several cities in the U.S. You owe it to yourself to check out the one nearest you.

Question: What are your favorite conferences, and why? Leave a comment below.

Welcome to This Blog’s New Home!

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Welcome to the new home of Quality Coding — I’m glad you made it here!

I plopped down some money to buy a domain (qualitycoding.org), a hosting service (Dreamhost), and a WordPress theme (Standard Theme). You’ll experience a number of improvements, including:

  • Speed: Pages load quickly. And I mean super-fast!
  • Formatted code: My code fragments are now nicely formatted for easier reading.
  • Comment avatars: Just sign up at Gravatar, and your smiling face will make your comments more fun!
  • Comment threading: Now more than a single level of replies! The threads of conversation will be clearer.
  • Comment subscriptions: No more need to check back manually! Just click the checkbox when you add a comment, and you’ll be notified when anyone adds something new.
  • Easy sharing: Buttons float along the left side of each post. This makes it easy to share a post on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.

I want you to get the most out of the new setup! Here are things you can do to maximize your experience:

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Welcome to Quality Coding!

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Me at my computer

Hello, and welcome to Quality Coding — a place to share tools, tips & techniques for building quality into iOS development.

I’m Jon Reid. By day, I work as a code monkey in Silicon Valley, developing iOS apps at eBay (and of course, everything on this blog is my opinion, not that of my employer, etc., etc.). By night, I watch Dr. Who with my wife and teenage kids, practice electric bass for my faith community… and code for fun, working on tools like OCHamcrest and OCMockito to help me with my work.

I intend to cover topics here ranging from Xcode settings to continuous integration. My expertise lies in Test Driven Development, so expect to see that as a major theme of this blog.

Your voice

While I’ll share the things I’ve found that help me craft my code, I hope you’ll also do the same — contributing your tools, tips & techniques in the comments. (Play nice, and keep it constructive; I have the delete button.) Also, feel free to contact me to request topics, or just to say hello.

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You can keep up-to-date with my latest posts by subscribing. There’s an RSS feed, of course. But subscribe by email, and you’ll receive a free set of Xcode code snippets I wrote to help you write unit tests!

Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter ( @qcoding ).

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