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CocoaConf vs. WWDC… Which Conference Should You Attend?

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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!

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.

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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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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.

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