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Winter Speaking Tour 2013

Say what you will about the wisdom of traveling through Scandinavia and Wisconsin in the dead of winter--I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to speak about topics so close to my heart, and to finally meet all of the amazing people I've only known in an online capacity.

My heartfelt thanks to Heroku for sponsoring this trip (we're hiring, by the way), and to all of the organizers who arranged these events: James Governor, Marthin Freij, André M. Bonkowski, Stephen Sykes, and Jim Remsik.

(By the way, if you're a conference or meetup organizer and are interested in having me speak at your event, please get in touch)

Anyway, here are the dates and locations of my upcoming tour:

  • Jan 29-31: Speaking at MonkiGras (London, UK)

Human Scale

Software developers don't have a great reputation for their social skills. But however (un)deserved this characterization is, there is a tension in how we identify ourselves within our craft. No matter how clever we think ourselves to be, there will come a point where the only way to scale our craft is to ask for help, and this is hard for us. We attribute virtue to our capacity to engineer code, but ignore and ridicule ones ability to engineer people to make code. "Manager" is a four-letter word among programmers, when there is actually a lot we can learn from them. This talk is about the messy business of social organization, put into terms developers can understand and appreciate, along with an examination of Dunbar's number, the Allen Curve, and other curious parallels between data structures and social structures.

What's Next for AFNetworking

2012 was a milestone year for AFNetworking, with the its 1.0 release, and the creation of AFIncrementalStore & other great extensions. There's even more to be excited for in 2013, so you won't want to miss this early look at the future of networking & persistence on iOS!

AFNetworking State of the Library

AFNetworking has become one of the most important open source projects in Objective-C, with thousands of companies and developers using it in apps reaching millions of users world-wide. This talk will reflect on the lessons learned over the last year and outline the future direction of AFNetworking and AFIncrementalStore--including an early look at AFNetworking 2.0, AFIncrementalStore 1.0, and more.

  • Feb 12: Speaking at HelsinkiOS (Helsinki, Finland)

Build an iOS App in 10 Minutes with AFIncrementalStore and the Core Data Buildpack

AFIncrementalStore presents an order-of-magnitude improvement in developing robust client-server apps on iOS. In combination with the Heroku Core Data Buildpack, it's now possible to build out a fully-functioning app in a matter of minutes. Come see this special live-coding demonstration of AFIncrementalStore in action!

Build an iOS App on Heroku in 20 minutes with the Core Data Buildpack & AFIncrementalStore

AFIncrementalStore presents an order-of-magnitude improvement in developing robust client-server apps on iOS. In combination with the Heroku Core Data Buildpack, it's now possible to build out a fully-functioning app in a matter of minutes. Come learn how AFIncrementalStore and the Heroku Core Data Buildpack work; in doing so, you'll get a deep dive into Core Data itself, and learn about the next big thing in iOS development.

  • Feb 28: Speaking at Waza 2013 (San Francisco, CA)

Mobile is Not Different

As is the habit of our industry, the cycle of hype around the term "Mobile" has drained it of all useful meaning. So what does it mean to talk about Mobile? It's software development from the perspective of the client, for one thing. It's also a newfound ubiquity for computing, as more of us become more connected to and dependent on software. Fundamentally, mobile apps are web apps, with the same needs for a reliable, scalable infrastructure--now more important than ever. This talk will look the current state of mobile development as a way to anticipate the future of web technologies and our relationship to them, both as engineers and users ourselves.

Crap! I'm going to miss your talk in Oslo!

Hope to see you in any random conference this 2013.

Good luck in your trip to Scandinavia!

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