So we come to the end of yet another iOSDEVUK. This was my 6th year making the annual pilgrimage to Aberystwyth and as ever the conference didn’t disappoint.
Amidst the usual visits to Weatherspoons, the sea front and the pier it was once again a pleasure to grace Rummers on Tuesday night! Work never seemed to end though as I found myself submitting apps for Apple Beta Test review with the help of the DJ in preparation for my talk on Wednesday afternoon. As it turned out the Apple Gods weren’t with me and the app didn’t make it through review on time but Harambe was still well received by the crowd; coding UX into every app.
Photo courtesy of @weiran!
So what did we learn? @macdevnet would have us believe that as developers we should be reeking havoc and disrupting our workplaces in order to make better software. @capitalonegeek on the other hand can’t believe that agile isn’t embedded into the heart of every team.
I think the theme of the conference this year has definitely been focussed around the anatomy of the team. It is evident that software developers in every company are working in ever more agile ways and the case studies of agile working practices that are being presented clearly demonstrate the business case for doing so. Companies who do not understand the benefits of working agile are lagging behind in the software development world.
Another key theme was centred around the need to focus on code quality; Code Reviews should not be an optional add on and teams need to take responsibility for the quality of their products.
@capitalonegeek – Agile Workshop – I’m not a bottleneck! I’m a free person!
One of the clear highlights of the conference for me was the Agile Workshop ran by @weiran and @chrisroddisf from Capital One. If you aren’t comfortable with the benefits that agile working can bring I would highly recommend spending a couple of hours making boats and hats with your team and you will soon realise how your bottleneck is limiting profitability.
Sam Davies – @iwantmyrealname – I’ll tell you what you can do with Core ML
Machine Learning was given a lot of stage time this year at WWDC but since the event I haven’t really had the opportunity to explore how the technology can be used in my apps. Sam’s overview of Core ML was an enlightening experience delivered in top class witty style which really has inspired me to take a more in depth look at the library. If you ever get the chance to hear Sam speak I would highly recommend it.
Adam Rush – @adam9rush – Continuous Delivery
We all know that setting up an effective continuous integration pipeline is the holy grail of an effective software development team. Adam gave a fabulous insight into some of the trials and tribulations he has found implementing Jenkins while changing the world one contract at a time. Adam will also be speaking at CodeMobile in 2018 so if you missed his talk or want to hear more from him there is a great opportunity in April 2018.
Luke Rogers – @rizergames – A thousand no’s for every yes
Luke is in an enviable club in that he is making money selling his app on the app store. He argues not enough to live off but none the less he has generated an income source with his app Pixaki.
Luke gave an inspired presentation talking about how as developers we need to focus our ideas and crucially how we should not forget to value our time in order to measure return on investment.
As ever there is simply to much to write about in one blog post. Chris and the Team in Aber did a fabulous job of organising the event. If you are interested in, or do anything with iOS then this is simply an annual event that you can’t afford to miss.
See you next September!