Saddle up for CocoaDevHouseTexas

Just when you thought it was safe to pack away your PowerBooks, MacBooks, and iBooks, CocoaDevHouse is back! Organization for CocoaDevHouseTexas, which will meet in Austin, is already underway so feel free to add yourself to the list of attendees. Chris Forsythe, of Growl, Adium, and Foom Software will be giving a presentation, as well as demonstrating a new application. Second on the list of presentations is my own (R. Tyler Ballance) presentation on using the Dumbarton bridge to leverage the cross-platform power of C# (via Mono).

The event is currently scheduled for Sept. 9th, coincidentally, the same date of CocoaDevHouseLondon. We’ve got people travelling from Dallas/Plano, Houston, and San Antonio, so if you need/want to carpool, just contact one of the individuals on the current list of attendees, hope to see you there!

Cocoa Dev House London


CocoaDevHouseLondon will now be held: 
Friday 8th Sept (5pm onwards)
Saturday 9th Sept (9am -> 9pm)


The Clore Management Centre (Birkbeck University, affiliated to London University)

Which is building Number 2 on this map 

Nearest Tube Picadilly Line: Russell Square, Northern Line: Goodge Street. Or 10 min walk from Central Line: Tottenham Ct Rd. 

Apologies for the late announcement but the new venue will allow us to stay and hack away far longer than the Idea Store, so it seemed like a better option.

Thanks to our sponsors Realmac Software and Wired Up & Fired Up we’ve come up with the £££’s to hire the venue.

Join in / Spread CocoaDevHouse

  • Blog about CocoaDevHouse and the London event
  • IRC: irc://
  • Flickr group:
  • Google Group:
  • CocoaDevBadge?:  The Official badge of CocoaDevHouse

Media contact for information and background on CDH

  • Blake Burris, CDH instigator and producer of CocoaRadio?: aim:cocoaradio skype:cocoaradio


Friday 8th Sept (5pm onwards)
Saturday 9th Sept (9am -> 9pm)


The Clore Management Centre (Birkbeck University, affiliated to London University)

Which is building Number 2 on this map


Register your interest below (using CamelCase? or [ ] to create a page for your bio, etc:

RichardKing – (richy .at.

Abizer – (abizer .at. Still a Cocoa Noob, though.

RonHatcher? – (ronaldhatcher .at. mac .dot. com)

NikFletcher? – (nik) [at] (nikfletcher) (dot) [com]. I’m a newbie too, but not through lack of trying 

[Rod] – (black(underscore)cast) {.at.} mac {.dot.} com) Longer term newbie since OpenStep?, seem to spend more time server side.

[stam] – stam66 .at. mac (dot) [co.m] cocoa n00b, seeking motivation 

RobbieDuncan? – robbie_cocoadevhouse .at. – I’ve released a couple of small apps. I was waiting for someone to start this!

BlakeBurris, skype:cocoaradio jabber:cocoaradio at gmail observer from Dallas  I’ll promote the London event on CocoaRadio? and blog.

FraserSpeirs? – fraser [at] Developer of [|FlickrExport?], etc.

SteveHarris? – steve [at] [|Reinvented Software] – tentative.

EdwardDeards? – (Edward (dot) Deards (at) gmail (dot) com) One time professional cocoa dev, now only in spare time.

NeilClayton? – Currently working part time at – soon to be doing so full time. Recent (2yr) switcher, attended a BNR Cocoa course early 2006.

Simon – Bitcartel Software – home of ComicBookLover?, RadioLover?, iRecordMusic, and more…

AndrewSkinner? – andy2307 (at) mac (dot) com – Starting out in the world of Mac development. Missed the 9th of Sept but will attend the next meetup if possible.

Things To Do

  • Ensure local web access / bandwidth suitable for video streaming
  • Setup IRC for viewing external participant conversation
  • CDH London artwork available at (Thanks Jake!)
  • Assign video streaming to someone familiar with QT Broadcast, Abizer? know who setup A-dam video? (it was well done imo)

Subversion Repository

I’ve set this up so that anyone can read, but you need a log in to commit. Do you want access? Send me an email:

  • address: abizern [at]
  • the username/password combination you would like.

It takes a minute to set you up as long as I have web access. So you can do it in advance, or ask me in person over the weekend.

If you haven’t used Subversion or before, or if you’re new to version control, I’m bringing tools and documentation along, and I’m more than happy to help you out.

Stuff coming along (add yours here)

  • Airport Express to boost wi-fi if available (Abizer)
  • Disk images of software:
    • XCode? 2.4 and CHUD (Abizer)
    • Version control bundle (Abizer)
      • Subversion
      • SvnX? – graphical front end for Subversion
      • Subversion reference book.
  • 4 plug power strip (Abizer) (+Nik – might be a cube though) Anyone else? there’ll be quite a lot of chargers that will need sockets. (+1 richy)
  • Hillegass Cocoa Book (Abizer) (+Nik)
  • Wrox Mac OS X Programming Book (Nik)
  • Digital Camera with a Flickr account (Nik)
  • Copies of RapidWeaver? (along with RealMacSoftware? stickers and badges) c/o our Sponsors (Nik to bring)
  • G3 iBook for random iChat/IRC usage. (Rich)
  • Router & Hub & ethernet-wifi bridge (Rich)
  • Ethernet Cables (2 Richy) (+1 Abizer on Saturday) Please bring one if you have one.
  • Assortment of USB cables (just in case) (Nik)
  • Multiformat memory card reader (also just in case) (Nik)
  • Blank CDs? incase we want to burn anything (Abizer)
  • JBL Duet Speakers & Logitech Skype headset (Nik) incase anyone wants to give a presentation….
  • Whiteboard markers and BluTack?. I believe Ron is bringing temporary whiteboards (Rich)

Misc. Things

  • CocoaDevHouseQuotes: A quick glance at some of the more comical things said during a CocoaDevHouse event.
  • CocoaAppIdeas?: Check out some of our CocoaDevHouse project ideas
  • CocoaResources?: New hat or old, here are some very useful Cocoa resources

Cocoa Dev House Texas

Grab your spurs and your debugger.


CocoaDevHouse is an somewhat impromptu “unconference” styled after SuperHappyDevHouse?, and BarCamp? aimed at bringing Mac developers, and other Mac enthusiasts together. CocoaDevHouseTexas is aimed at bringing as many Mac developers and enthusiasts together with good mexican food and good conversation and quite possibly, some good code. If you’re interested in “sponsoring” CocoaDevHouseTexas scroll down to the “Sponsors” section.

Austin Attractions Austin is quite literally an oasis of cool in the middle of Texas, so feel free, if you’re travelling from Dallas, or Houston, to stay overnight. Austin has great live music venues, such as Stubb’s. or Emo’s. Austin is also home to the University of Texas, and 6th street, where all the cool people of Austin hang out.


Across the street from the original CocoaDevHouse Location on 6th Street between Lavaca and Guadalupe. Awaiting final confirmation. Details to follow. Location will be posted HERE as soon as we get final approval. Check back here like every 8 minutes…


CocoaDevHouseTexas is set to occur on Saturday, September 9th, 2015



  • Chris Forsythe (Houston) aim:omgwtfsco aim:headliner321 freenode:The_Tick
  • R. Tyler Ballance (San Antonio) aim:agentdero skype:agentdero


  • Dustin Bachrach (San Antonio) aim:debachrach254 skype:ahdustin
  • Blake Burris (Dallas) aim:cocoaradio skype:cocoaradio
  • Giovanni Gallucci (Plano) aim:giovannigallucci skype:giovannigallucci The Agency Blog | Queso Compuesto | MediaSwamp?
  • whurley aim:whurleyvision
  • Paul Litvak (Austin) aim:paullitv
  • Thomas Hallock (Austin) aim:hallockthomas skype:thomashallock
  • Todd M

Possible Attendees

  • ZacWhite? would like to attend, but Austin is really freakin’ far. aim:cubeman
  • Vicki Farmer would come if it got postponed to a different weekend. (Going to be at Photoshop World on the 9th.) (And the Tulsa Scottish Games on the 16th.) (My life, and welcome to it. ;D)
  • Add yourself below


  • Chris Griego (Allen) (No final address or time the morning of the event? No thanks.)
  • Mike Griego (Plano)


Although CocoaDevHouse is an unofficial non-profit organization, we will accept sponsorship. Sponsorship will earn you or your company the gratitude of many a Mac developer/enthusiast, as well as being linked from the CocoaDevHouseTexas page, as well as participating bloggers (i.e. when posting about CocoaDevHouseTexas, all you need to do is say “Special thanks to Company X for catering Chuy’s for the event” for example).

What needs to be covered

  • ”’CocoaDevHouseTexas needs a venue, preferably in Austin. – Venue & Bartender Graft Sponsorship provided by The Agency Blog & Queso Compuesto Techs-Mex Podcast
  • Food and refreshments (Austin has some great mexican resturants, if one could cater, that would be fantastic).
  • SVGA Projector of some kind in order to project presentations onto the side of a wall/bus/large man I can bring a projector (Giovanni Galucci)
  • T-Shirts?


  • i suck at computers R. Tyler Ballance’s Blog
  • Jake Dahn’s Blog
  • Dustin Bachrach’s Blog
  • The Agency Blog “Giovanni Gallucci’s Blog”
  • Cocoa Junkie Paul Litvak’s Blog


  • Blake Burris for CocoaRadio
  • Queso Compuesto

Wiki Tips and Tricks

How can I easily link to Wikipedia?

PmWiki supports linking to Wikipedia quite easily actually, it’s the same markup (more or less) as a standard link in PmWiki’s markup: When I write Mac software, I use [[Wikipedia:Core Data | Core Data]] and [[Wikipedia:Cocoa (API)]]

When I write Mac software, I use Core Data and Wikipedia:Cocoa

How can I add one of those cool post-it notes to a page?

Post-It notes are thanks to the PostItNotes recipe fron the PmWiki cookbook. To learn how to use PostItNotes? more extensively, check out the PostItNotes page. To use a simple note use the following syntax:(:note Alert! | This is a simple note! 🙂

You can also create “hidden notes” that will merely display the title, and then once clicked, reveal their contents:(:notehidden Top Secret! | Aliens really do exist! Ruh roh! 🙂

Fancy notes are just as simple by using the following syntax:(:notefancy Alert, my good sir | This is a much fancier, but still relatively simple note 🙂

Rumour has it you can embed RSS feeds into pages as well

Via the PmFeed recipe, you can embed an RSS feed into any wiki page you like, for example, your personal page.(:pmfeed max_count=3 showitemdescr=false feed=’’:)

Error: It’s not possible to reach RSS file …

How can I embed source code into my page?

Thanks to the SourceBlock recipe, you can embed coloured code into a wiki page: (:source lang=c:)
int main(int argc, char **argv) {
std::cout << “Hi Mom!\n”;
return 0;

To end the source block, use (:sourceend:)[Get Code]int main(int argc, char **argv) {
    std::cout << “Hi Mom!\n“;
    return 0;

How does tagging work with this wiki?

Via the Tags recipe, it’s possible to tag newly created, and already existing wiki pages. All that needs to be done, is at the bottom of a page add: (:tags cocoa, tipsandtricks, exampletag 🙂
cocoa, tipsandtricks, exampletag,

And as you can see, when you click on these tags, it will bring up a page of all the similarly tagged pages. Nifty! 

I like the Frappr Map, can I use that in any page I want?

But of course  The Frappr map has been added to PmWiki’s custom markup and you can embed it into any page using the following: (:frappr:)

Cocoa Dev House Amsterdam

Next CocoaDevHouse in Amsterdam(?)

A lot of new cool Cocoa stuff has emerged from Apple since the last CocoaDevHouse in Amsterdam. Time to organize a new event? Is there interest for such an event to take place some time in early 2015?

About the previous CocoaDevHouse event:

Video Podcast Online…

I finally extracted the content of my video camera to produce a pretty long Video of Cocoa Dev House Amsterdam… Check it out directly in iTunes and write your comments at ! StuFF? mc.

Attention Please! (update)

An update on the RFID project we built during CCDHA. Today is the big day when the thing we made (a combination of a WebObjects? backend and two RFID client applications) is being used for real. A few last minute hiccups (like XCode? only producing Intel versions of everything and trying to then run them on PowerPCs?) but its hacked up and holding together with style. Katie is documenting the whole thing on Flickr and the Attention Please site so check ’em out.

Again huge thanks to everyone who helped, especially Axel the AttentionSeeker?.app and Johan the AttentionGrabber?.app

It’s Over!

A massive thank you from Katie to all CocoaDevHouseAmsterdam attendees who made the event fabulous. I had fun, hope you all did too. We had about 40 people in total (many people came by Friday night) and the hardcore crew of 16 or so were there till 2am Sunday, plus of course the guys in the backchannel.

So what did we make and do? Well the grand achievement of being a Flickr hot tag obviously. More updates will come here; I know Paul is tweaking the Cocoa RFID app he, Dirk, Axel, Johan and Abizer made. To be continued…


Tshirts from CocoaDevHouseAmsterdam are still available. If you’d like one, we can ship them anywhere so just PayPal? EUR15? to and tell us your address. Picture of Tshirt on Model!


So we’re going to start back at 10am ish. The lovely Nadya has the keys and we agreed, 10, well maybe 10.30. Seeing as we only left at 2, that’s pretty good going! If you Amsterdammers are keener than this, get a coffee or something…


Get to Centraal Station. As you come out of the Station turn left and look for the large building site. One of the buildings just has POST CS written in big, can’t miss it. CCDHA is located in the bottom floor of that building. Just head towards it and follow the signs for POST CS, Restaurant 11 and Stadelijk Museum.

If you need any bits of kit theres an apple center just across from Centraal

Getting there early? Just come by whenever you arrive, people will be around, arriving and getting things setup from the afternoon onwards.


 * Weekend of 22nd April 2015

Friday 21st April: 6pm Introductions, drinks, planning and ideas session Saturday 22nd April 10am Hackathon Start, wth other sessions (in an adhoc manner) throughout the day

Other things to do in Amsterdam around the same time: iPod Party (at Mac Expo) Mac Expo Amsterdam April 26th – 28th Amsterdam Blogonomics Conference April 27th 1-6pm Queen’s Day (April 29)

Who’s talking about the CocoaDevHouse Amsterdam?

  • BlakeBurris on CocoaRadio
  • EuroMacPodcast?, starting at the 9 minute mark on episode #1:
  • Attention Please
  • devdev2040
  • Stompy
  • Alper


The event will be hosted by our generous venue donours: Mediamatic and who are hosting a Beer and Breakout session on Friday evening.

  • CocoaDevHouseAmsterdam hackathon: Mediamatic, “Le Mepris” exhibition**

The CocoaDevHouse hackathon event will take place in the fabulous “Le Mepris’ and exhibition designed to resemble an airport lounge. Willem Welthoven of Mediamatic has also very kindly offered us the use of a reinstated Food Facility and GarageBox? Bar for the duration of the event. So that’s a hackathon, in an airport lounge, in an art exhibition!

  • Breakout and Beer (a breakout / social session with a beer)**

It’s going to be in Fleck’s headquarters. It’s going to be Friday night at a suitable point, and more importantly it’s going to be at Fleck! I’m told the beta isn’t quite ready for a sneak preview but you never know!

  • Location**

Both venues are in the same building; the famous PostCS? tower also home to the Stedelijk Museum (of Modern Art) and Club11! Just turn up and come to the Mediamatic space on the ground floor.

Oosterdokskade 5 1011 AD Amsterdam

On Plazes: Mediamatic: Le Mepris Exhibition: Food Facility: Garage Box Bar: Club/Bar/Restaurant 11:

Also pease add youself to the Wiki (edit this page) and also to the Upcoming event if you’re coming).

Flickr group for CocoaDevHouse is a good place to join and there are pictures from CocoaDevHouseDallas there.


CocoaDevHouse is a meetup where we hack away at cocoa! It’s a chance for Cocoa Developers, WebObjects? Developers, Mac Geeks, UX designers, and web service developers to meet up and make stuff. Amongst other things, there is always one of the CocoaDevHouse projects to hack away on, read more in CocoaAppIdeas?.

It’s an Amsterdam ‘chapter’ of CocoaDevHouse, hoping to attract Cocoa and Mac geeks from Europe and the Netherlands to Amsterdam for a weekend Hackathon and Show and Tell event.CocoaDevHouseAmsterdam is a hackathon for Cocoa Developers. A lot of people who are not necessarily Cocoa Developers are very interested, so we will also have adhoc sessions and discussions on anything related going on at the same time. These may include a session on WebObjects?,(Paul has volunteered) product show and tells (ask Boris about, or generally just meeting new people and hanging out in the Oosterdokskade!

For any devhouse/hackaton/unconference novices who want more info on the format, and history, I have blogged about this on my blog here:


  • -Could do with a little help and advice from the seasoned DevHouse? / Barcamp crew as to how much *sponsorship* is required to make sure everyone stays fed and watered!- Andy Smith has made a fabulous “How To DevHouse?”! We shall read and learn.


Cocoa Hackerati, Webservice developers, Wocoders, Designers, geeks and supergeeks!


  • BlakeBurris AIM/Gtalk: cocoaradio
  • Katie Lips
  • Paul Stringer
  • [|Mediamatic]
  • AndySmith?


  • [|Katie Lips] of [|Treasuremytext]
  • Paul Stringer – [|]
  • Tian Cocker – [|3D Guy]
  • Jasper Hauser – [|Jasper Hauser Icon Design]
  • Johan Kool – [|] (can’t make it in the morning, probably be there from � 1 PM)
  • Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten – [|]
  • Mek&Tosj (Alexander Griekspoor, Tom Groothuis) – [|]
  • Rob Das – [|Filmgarage]
  • Georg Tuparev – [|WO&Cocoa wizards ]
  • Daniel Salber – [|FireAnt?.tv] & [|]
  • Abizer Nasir – Proto-geek of [|]
  • (present) Redmar Kerkhoff – [|]
  • (present) Yun Zheng Hu – [|]
  • JakeDahn? – [] – attending through “Teh Backchannel” – Someone bring a DV cam or isignt, with streaming server 
  • Alper �uğun – [|]
  • [|Dirk van Oosterbosch] of [|Intellistener]
  • Steven Wittens – [|]
  • [|Andy Smith]
  • [|Nadya Peek]
  • [|Marco Wessel]
  • Arjen Keesmaat [|arri – unexpected media] (sadly can only be there from sat. morning on, but can most likely arrange streamingserver+bandwidth, and maybe some DV-cams)
  • Axel Roest [|]
  • Micha Hernandez van Leuffen aka [ |mies]
  • [|Breyten Ernsting]
  • [ | StuFF? mc]
  • Koen Bok – [|]


Things needed

  • Extension cord to pick up conversations
  • Someone to setup IRC channel on projector (for each working group area)

Things covered

  • Venue
  • Projector and beamer thing
  • Streaming – Our streaming solution is going to be pretty rocking, we’ve got a kickass team lined up to get CocoaDevHouse Amsterdam to the rest of the world. Rob Das from [|Film Garage] is on the case with cameras, we have a Mac for streaming from the [|MacHouse?] and we have bountiful bandwidth to deliver the stream to everyone else provided by our great hosting providers [|illuminex] who host all our WebObjects? apps and are based in Minneapolis. Also from the looks of this page, there are plenty of offers of expertise so it’s gonna be good.
  • Bandwidth – Marco from Mediamatic is on the case with internal network stuff
  • Posted this on Upcoming
  • subversion repository set up at – contact me for commit access: abizer at
  • Mediamatic are kindy providing some tables and chairs, toilet facilities etc. If you want to sleep over you can, but bring a mat, as the floor is a little hard.
  • Posters – Round and about and also in the [|Apple Centre Centraal Station]and the [|MacHouse?].
  • Tshirts – In progress, on order, can get more if we run out. No problem. These exclusive, top quality, gorgeous geek shirts will be on sale for a reasonable amount – (to cover costs). We couldn’t use [|GoodStorm?] as they don’t ship to Europe but we found [ |AKDR Visual Group], a nice friendly local Amsterdam printing shop who are being very helpful.

First Results

  • [|] – Centralized Web.20 Sign-up Service. Developed and launched in less than one hour.
  • [|canvas bomberman] (FF1?.5/Opera9/Safari2 only). -Web game. No flash. Developed earlier, but polished + improved here.

Cocoa Dev House Munich


Photos on flickr:


Saturday March 8, 2015, 10 AM


equinux AG, Kirschstr. 35, 80999 München


Public Transport: S2 towards Petershausen or Dachau, disembark in Allach


Organisation: Martin Ott –

We have about 60 seats available.

  1. Ralf Pfleghar –
  2. Christoph Priebe –
  3. Thomas Tempelmann –
  4. Christian Schröder –
  5. Christopher Atlan –
  6. Patrick Stein aka Jolly – ScreenRecycler , private JinX
  7. Florian Albrecht –
  8. Leon von Tippelskirch
  9. Michal Bencur –
  10. Heiko Kretschmer – (80% won’t participate, ill)
  11. Norbert M. Doerner –
  12. Philippe H. Regenass –
  13. Thomas Post –
  14. Walid Maalej –
  15. Martin Hering –
  16. Jochen Moeller
  17. Christina Zeeh –,
  18. Claudia Brak –
  19. Michael Ehrmann –
  20. Ortwin Gentz –
  21. Martin Wengenmayer –
  22. Bastian Wölfle –
  23. Kay Röpke –
  24. Björn Kriews (bkr@ ->)
  25. Uli Kusterer –,
  26. Florian Dejako –
  27. Philipp Seibel
  28. Dominik Paulmichl
  29. Holger Watermann mailto://
  30. Kay Löhmann
  31. Eberhard Rensch – (leider krank)
  32. Eugen Schuler –
  33. Fabian Spillner – maybe
  34. Karsten Kusche –
  35. Matthias Schonder –
  36. Christian Moeller –
  37. Stanley Rost –
  38. Bart-Jan Schuman –
  39. Walter Mehl –
  40. Achim Breidenbach –
  41. Anjo Krank –
  42. Kennon Ballou –
  43. Thomas Alexnat –
  44. Manfred Schwind –,
  45. Nikolaus Schaller –
  46. Max Seelemann –
  47. Hilmar Herbel –
  48. Christian Lier –
  49. Dirk Musfeldt –
  50. Christian Weykopf –
  51. Andreas Lehmann –
  52. Frank Illenberger –
  53. Martin Uhl
  54. Franz Strasser
  55. Tobias Reiss
  56. Stephan Gschwendtner –
  57. Mark Gänsicke
  58. Matthias Hühne –
  59. Frederik Seiffert –
  60. Jens Liebau
  61. Alexandre Colucci –
  62. Volker Mohr
  63. Stephen Riehm
  64. Douglas Pittner
  65. Peter Baumgartner
  66. Nicholas Shanks
  67. Thomas Engelmeier
  68. Sandra van Marwick (ab ca. 17:00 Uhr)
  69. Oliver Creighton (ab ca. 17:00 Uhr)
  70. Andreas Känner

The list is now closed. We have only 60 seats available.

Password to edit this page: cdh06


  • Cocoa in Mac OS X Leopard
  • iPhone SDK
  • ObjC? 2.0 and the new dev tools
  • HowTo? use bindings and core data
  • PyObjC?
  • RubyCocoa? and MacRuby
  • Best practice for unit testing
  • Bast practice for error handling
  • <Enter your interests here>


  • Software licensing framework (Jolly)
  • “Core Data in the network” or alternatively “Web interfaces for Cocoa apps” (Frank Illenberger)
  • Localization Changes on Leopard and the Localization Suite V3 (Max Seelemann)
  • “Common security flaws in web applications” if not already covered in Frank Illenberger’s talk (Jens Liebau)
  • iPhone SDK vs. QuantumSTEP? Phone SDK (demo) for OpenMoko? (Nikolaus Schaller)
  • From Research to Practice: Improve Your Productivity by Organizing Development Using Task Context (Walid Maalej)