Knoxville CocoaHeads

Welcome to the CocoaHeads of Knoxville, TN! CocoaHeads is a group devoted to discussion of Apple's Cocoa and Cocoa Touch Frameworks for programming on OS X (Mac) and iOS (iPhone, iPad). During monthly meetings, members offer tutorials, present their projects, share app ideas, and provide advice to other programmers. Whether you are an experienced developer or just getting started, Knoxville CocoaHeads is a great way to stay current with the latest technologies and improve your programming skills. The global CocoaHeads site is available at cocoaheads.org

Monthly meetings are every 3rd Tuesday from 7-9 pm at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) located between Subway and Soccer Taco in Market Square of downtown Knoxville. Parking decks are free after 6 pm.


The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017 takes place June 5-9. So this month let’s discuss the new software and possibly hardware updates that Apple announced at the conference. If there’s time, we may demo some of the new frameworks too.


Most mobile apps need some sort of server backend. Traditionally this required knowing the complex aspects of setting up and managing Unix or Windows servers. That’s no longer the case. This month Bill Morefielld (@bmorefield) will present an overview of several methods to get you back end up and running. We’ll look at containers, hosted services, and running your own server as options and the pros and cons of each approach.


The Realm Mobile Database is an alternative to SQLite and Core Data that is available for Java, Objective-C, Swift, Javascript, and Xamarin. The database is fast, easy to use, open source, and totally free. It can be readily synced to a server with the Realm Mobile Platform for creating offline-first, reactive mobile apps. This month Gavin Wiggins (@wigging) will give an overview of Realm’s products and demonstrate some of its most useful features. More information about Realm is available at realm.io.


This month we’ll have an open discussion on the latest Apple news and develop an agenda for the rest of 2017. This is a good opportunity to volunteer for an upcoming presentation or suggest topics we should talk about at future meetings.


To support the local developers community, we encourage everyone to attend the KnoxDevs quarterly meetup on February 2nd. So this month there will be no CocoaHeads meeting, but we’ll resume our regular monthly meeting in March.


This month we’ll discuss the latest news in Swift programming along with an overview of the Weather API provided by the Weather Underground. More information about this API is available at https://www.wunderground.com/weather/api


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Knoxville CocoaHeads since 2014