Tampa iOS Meetup’s next session: Build a guided meditation audio app (Tuesday, March 28, 2017)

Next Tuesday, Tampa iOS Meetup — Tampa’s gathering for people who are new to programming or new to iOS development — will walk through the development of building a guided meditation audio app. Think of it as the 21st century answer to the relaxation tape, CD, or MP3 (depending on what generation you’re in), where a narrator with a soothing voice guides the listener through exercises designed to bring about mindfulness, ease tension, and remove stress.

As we build the app, we’ll cover a couple of key topics in iOS development with the Swift programming language:

  • Error handling in Swift: responding to errors gracefully rather than having the app come to a crashing halt and annoying the user.
  • Playing sounds: Playing both short sound cues and effects, as well as longer recordings.
  • Auto layout: Building user interfaces that adjust themselves to the screen size, from the tine iPhone 4S all the way to the large iPad Pro

Join us, next Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Wolters Kluwer office (1410 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa) in Westshore for Tampa iOS Meetup’s session on building a guided meditation audio app! We’ll provide food and drink — bring your Mac laptop, and be ready to code!

To register for this event, visit the event page. Registration is free!

What’s Tampa iOS Meetup all about?

As I mentioned earlier, Tampa iOS Meetup is the Tampa Bay area’s meetup for beginning programmers and developers new to iOS development. Each meetup has two parts:

  1. The presentation, where we’ll cover the concepts you’ll need to write the app of the day, followed by
  2. The workshop, where we’ll actually code the app together.

The meetup works best if you bring a Mac laptop with the current version of Xcode (the tool we’ll use to develop iOS apps) installed. If you don’t have one, don’t worry; you don’t need one for the presentation part, and we can form teams for the workshop.

We use the presentation-followed-by-workshop approach because it’s our answer to a question that I’ve been asked again and again, and it goes something like this:

“I’ve been studying iOS development for some time, and I’m still having a problem writing apps. I know how to program specific features in iOS, but I don’t know how to turn a bunch of features into an app.”

It’s one thing to go through tutorials that show you how to program a specific feature. It’s a completely different thing to take the knowledge from those tutorials and then write an app. My goal for Tampa iOS Meetup in 2017 is to show you how to make that leap by walking you through the process of making apps.

Special thanks to our sponsor

Tampa iOS Meetup wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of Wolters Kluwer. They provide both the space in which to hold the meetup, as well as the food and drinks! Special thanks to John Wang, my go-to guy at Wolters Kluwer, and source of valuable feedback for my presentations.