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Apple appears to be trying to make it easy for developers to learn about iPhone programming. Apple has launched a set of free iPhone developer tech talks across the world.
Don't miss this unique opportunity. The event is free, but space is limited.

Apple technology evangelists and engineers will soon be traveling the globe bringing iPhone development expertise to a city near you. Learn about the tools and technologies you'll use to create great iPhone applications, then work with the experts to optimize your code, refine your user interface, and apply the knowledge you gain from the sessions to enhance the capabilities of your iPhone application.
The 12-hour traveling sessions offer lectures on Objective C, iPhone User Interface Design, Game Development and much more.

The first scheduled talk is on October 22nd in San Francisco, with additional U.S. sessions scheduled for Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, New York and Seattle. International locations include cities in Europe, India and Asia Pacific.

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azentropy

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I was excited when I got the email. Then I checked the cities to see PHOENIX was not on the list... :-(
 

kanon14

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When I first read the topic, I thought I saw "Apple launches new MacBook..." Am I getting too obsessive?
 

The Tall One

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I'm bored with the iPhone. I don't have one so I don't care. Let's have a MacPro tech talk where we talk about a speed bump to the MacPro, and how I may get one for free because I am so awesome. :D
 

flottenheimer

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I'm not a developer. But judged from the side I think Apples way of attracting developers to the iPhone/iPod Touch is unmatched by anyone else. From delivering a brilliant development tool, an apparently easy to learn platform, to the distribution model, to this.
Amazing.

Now, could we have some more MacBook pictures please :)
 

ChrisA

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Sounds interesting. I bet there is hundreds of people that want to develop an iPhone app but don't know how.

Apple's problem is not with a lack of developers. Even if that were the case they can't teach Objective C in a 6 hour pep talk. I've been to other Apple technical sessions. They really are more like a half day "infomercial". It's not 100% Apple's fault, what else can they do in such a short time?

The problem with developing for the iPhone is that after you have invested many hundreds of hours and have a product ready Apple rolls the dice, flips a coin or whatever and either accepts your work or rejects it. So you have to be ready to invest the time and have it be for nothing. A lot of developers don't want to accept that risk.

Apple needs some very clear rules, to apply them in a transparent manner that we all can see and remove the NDA from the rejection process. With Apple's current process developers have an unacceptable risk
 

Yvan256

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How about make these available on Podcasts so I don't have to go to the class.

There's at least a half-dozen videos about iPhone/iPod touch development. I think you need to be a registered developer, however the registration and videos are free.
 

MrCrowbar

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Are they coming to Germany? I was at the Leopard Tech Talk in NY in 2006 (or was it early 2007) and it's really helpful to be able to talk to the Apple people. They're very helpful.
 

beeh

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How about make these available on Podcasts so I don't have to go to the class.

If you have a developer log in ( which is free ) to Apple's website, there are videos you can download to your iPod. There's tons of info there as well. I've spent only probably 8-12 hours writing code for the iPhone and understand it fairly well now. ( Although I am an embedded SW engineer anyway, so that might help ). But it is pretty easy with Interface Builder, Xcode and all the examples they give you. Just download an example program, build it, run it in the simulator and then make changes to see what they do - but always keep a virgin copy of the example so you can go back to it, if you really screw things up.
 

arn

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Are they coming to Germany? I was at the Leopard Tech Talk in NY in 2006 (or was it early 2007) and it's really helpful to be able to talk to the Apple people. They're very helpful.

Looks like yes:

Europe:

Oct 22 Paris
Oct 24 Munich
Nov 03 Amsterdam
Nov 07 London
Nov 10 Berlin
Nov 11 Madrid
Nov 14 Copenhagen
Nov 17 Zurich
Nov 19 Rome
Dec 08 Stockholm
 

flottenheimer

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Are they coming to Germany? I was at the Leopard Tech Talk in NY in 2006 (or was it early 2007) and it's really helpful to be able to talk to the Apple people. They're very helpful.

Looks like you're in luck :)


iPhone Tech Talk World Tour Dates

North America
* Oct 22 San Francisco(FULL)
* Oct 24 Los Angeles
* Nov 03 Austin
* Nov 05 Chicago
* Dec 02 New York(FULL)
* Dec 04 Toronto
* Dec 09 Seattle

Europe
* Oct 22 Paris
* Oct 24 Munich
* Nov 03 Amsterdam
* Nov 07 London
* Nov 10 Berlin
* Nov 11 Madrid
* Nov 14 Copenhagen
* Nov 17 Zurich
* Nov 19 Rome
* Dec 08 Stockholm

India
* Nov 24 Bangalore
* Nov 27 Delhi

Asia Pacific
* Oct 30 Tokyo
* Nov 04 Singapore
* Nov 10 Hong Kong
* Nov 19 Sydney
* Nov 21 Melbourne

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OrangeCuse44

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If you have a developer log in ( which is free ) to Apple's website, there are videos you can download to your iPod. There's tons of info there as well. I've spent only probably 8-12 hours writing code for the iPhone and understand it fairly well now. ( Although I am an embedded SW engineer anyway, so that might help ). But it is pretty easy with Interface Builder, Xcode and all the examples they give you. Just download an example program, build it, run it in the simulator and then make changes to see what they do - but always keep a virgin copy of the example so you can go back to it, if you really screw things up.

Thanks, I'll give that a look.
 

JWBlue

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NYC filled up before I even woke up this morning. Now I need to take a plane to another city to attend. ARGGG.
 

saturniphone

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I'm not a developer. But judged from the side I think Apples way of attracting developers to the iPhone/iPod Touch is unmatched by anyone else. From delivering a brilliant development tool, an apparently easy to learn platform, to the distribution model, to this.
Amazing.

Now, could we have some more MacBook pictures please :)

I am a very experienced developer and I would have to disagree. Objective C is just not a very popular language (I think some recent poll put it 37th or something ridiculous like that). It's very limiting and convoluted compared to new languages like Java or C#. Apple's Interface designer isn't bad at all, but it doesn't make up for the lack of simple event handling and flow. It reminds me of coding in MFC/Visual C++ where there was so much voodoo going on.
 
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