It’s been way too long since I’ve held a Tampa iOS Meetup. Between the pandemic and all sorts of employment issues arising thanks to the pandemic, I managed to hold just one Tampa iOS Meetup in 2020. It’s a shame, especially since Tampa iOS Meetup made the list of Tampa’s top ten tech meetup groups for 2019.
At the same time, while I’ve wanted to keep covering iOS, I also wanted to expand into other portable platforms, namely programming Android, smart watches, Raspberry Pi, and Arduino devices.
I’m going to scratch these two itches by re-tooling Tampa iOS Meetup into a new meetup called Programmers of Portables, or PoP for short. If you want to know what kind of platforms and programming this meetup will cover, just read its motto: “If it fits in your hand, it’s on-brand!”
Some of the topics I’m planning for this year:
- iOS and watchOS programming with Swift
- Android programming with Kotlin
- Cross-platform mobile programming with Flutter
- Raspberry Pi programming with Python
- Arduino programming with Arduino’s C-like programming language
- Wearables (after all, “portable” is related to the French verb porter, which means “to wear”)
I’m going to keep the beginner-friendly focus with this revamped meetup, but don’t let “beginner-friendly” fool you into thinking that it means “simple”! In some of my “beginner-friendly” classes, we wrote:
- Our own version of Frogger,
- the iPhone version of Google’s Tilt Brush, the 3-D AR “paint” application
- our own version of the IKEA Place AR app,
- a machine learning app that tried to identify common objects,
- a machine learning app that tried to identify the kind of room your were in, and
- a machine learning app that could identify various members of the Avengers.
My plan is to return to regular meetups, which will be Zoom-based until the pandemic gets under control.