MacTech Conference 2014: Pre-Conference Workshops
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November 5-7, 2014 • Pre-Conference Workshops: Nov 4 • Manhattan Beach Marriott, Los Angeles, CA








Pre-Conference Workshops

New to 2014 is the addition of EIGHT optional, certifications and pre-conference workshops -- half-day for a study group and Apple Certification Exams in the morning (additional charge), half-day Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation (afternoon, no additional charge), and six full-day Pre-Conference Workshops (additional charge). The Office accreditation is limited in size, but we confirm your spot at registration time. The exams must be reserved in advance. And, the workshops are small group, interactive and hands-on. Student to teacher ratios are approximately 20:1 or better.

Where appropriate, instructors may require you to bring a computer with specific, and freely available tools or software installed (such as Xcode).


You can register for the pre-conference workshops when you register for MacTech Conference 2014 (it's an option on the registration form). Or, if you are already registered for MacTech Conference, simply contact MacTech customer service to assist you.

Note: Workshops may require minimum participation levels.
All times are approximate. All sessions, speakers and descriptions are subject to change at any time without notice.




Apple Certification Exams
Study Group and Exams by MacTech Conference Testing Partner

Prior to MacTech Conference but at the same venue, Apple Certification Exams will be available during the "Pre-Conference" activities on Tuesday. On Tuesday morning, our testing partner and local Apple Authorized Training Center will offer a study hour and exam session on-site. Testing will conclude by 1pm (if not earlier), so that you can also attend the Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation.

All registered attendees to MacTech's 2014 Events are welcome to register for the study group and an exam. The price is normally $349, but you can register early at $249. Space is limited.

What attendees need to bring: A laptop (not an iPad) with a web browser.

See additional information on the Apple Certification Exams page.


Ready to register for MacTech Conference?
Do so now as space is limited for ALL pre-conference activities.





Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation
Workshop taught by Brian Govatos, Microsoft Trainer

Microsoft has created a new pilot program specifically designed to train and accredit Apple techs and consultants on Microsoft Office for Mac and Office 365 suites. The "Microsoft Office for Mac Accredited Support Professional" accreditation is a half day long pilot program, and will take place the day prior to each MacTech event in 2014. This new Microsoft accreditation program is training and evaluation focused on the issues every consultant and tech should know when advising on or supporting Microsoft Office for Mac, Office for iPad and Microsoft Office 365, with a focus on Apple users.

All registered attendees to MacTech's 2014 Events, are welcome to attend the course, and become accredited, at no charge. Space is limited. If you haven't already registered for MacTech Conference 2014, you can do so now.

What attendees need to bring: Nothing required, but it's helpful to bring a Mac with Office for Mac installed.

See additional information on the Microsoft Accreditation page.


Ready to register for MacTech Conference?
Do so now as space is limited for ALL pre-conference activities.





Rapid Start: Objective-C & Cocoa for iOS & Mac
HOT NEWS! This workshop is now being modified to be about Swift. More details to come in the next few days.
Workshop taught by Simon Allardice, simonallardice.com and lynda.com Senior Author

A hands-on, fast-paced day learning the language and tools for creating applications on iOS and Mac. Quickly get up to speed with the up-to-the-minute best practices for modern app development on Apple platforms without prior knowledge of Objective-C or Cocoa.

The day includes:

  • Ramping up in Objective-C: what you absolutely need to know
  • Creating iPhone projects and Mac applications in Xcode
  • User Interface Design for iOS
  • Quickly laying out a UI using Storyboards, Scenes and Segues
  • Application architecture - "how to think" when creating best-of-breed apps
  • The latest technologies to streamline app development (including working with Auto Layout, Text Kit, Dynamics and Sprite Kit)
  • The best ways to include artwork in your application
  • Including hardware features in your app (iBeacons, Accelerometer, Camera)
  • Tips and tricks for using Xcode to speed up your development time

This will be an intense, fun day - we'll switch back-and-forth between lectures and practical, hands-on labs every 15-20 minutes. We'll favor iOS development, but you'll learn how to create Mac desktop apps too.

So if iOS and Cocoa development is something you've always wanted to do, but never quite gotten around to - or if you've been doing it for a while but want to review the fundamentals and current best practices - this is your day.

What attendees need to bring: a laptop with the latest version of Xcode installed (free from the App Store).

Prerequisite knowledge: You don't need to be a working programmer, but some knowledge of programming concepts is helpful - the more, the better. Objective-C knowledge is not assumed.


Ready to register for MacTech Conference?
Do so now as space is limited for ALL pre-conference activities.





The Automation Mindset: Scripting, Command Line, and More
Workshop taught by Scott M. Neal, Mindset Garden/AcmeFoo

You see all the cool stuff in MacTech magazine (and elsewhere) about scripting, automation, etc., but you haven't been able to apply those articles to your own uses as well as you would like…

You certainly do NOT have time to get a 4-year Computer Science degree to learn to become a programmer…

Why not let a programmer who works closely with non-programmers on a regular basis give you a crash course in Automation--the basics that you need to be able to walk away with your own Automation at the end of a single day?

In this one-day compressed course, learn the basics of Automation using Automator, AppleScript, and Xcode. It won't make you a full-blown programmer, but you'll have the basics you need to not only work with other scripts and modify them in useful ways, but also write your very own scripts from scratch!

Scott M. Neal will happily plant the Automation Mindset into your brain, allowing you to see the big picture about Automation, from scripting to basic programming (and much in between).

What attendees need to bring: (Being determined. More info to come.)


Ready to register for MacTech Conference?
Do so now as space is limited for ALL pre-conference activities.





OS X Server for Server Experts
Workshop taught by Sean Colins, CoreQuick and lynda.com author

You’re busy. Have you ever wanted to be surrounded by a bunch of people who, like you, know all of the essentials and foundation stuff about OS X Server but are yearning for a deeper dive? But you never have the time for it, right? Join us for a full day collaborative workshop guided by lynda.com author Sean Colins in which you and several dozen people who are probably already your close friends take a whole day to dig deep into OS X Server.

Together we will explore and seek to provide:

  • better documentation of the serveradmin command line tool.
  • share tips and tricks that can be useful for OS X Server enthusiasts
  • how to administer the OS X Server’s many services.
  • Services we plan to give time include:
    • mail service
    • profile manager
    • calendar server
    • Xcode service
    • and of course all of the file services.

More will probably be added before the show, so let us know if you have an OS X Server service that you think needs attention.

Come with an open mind, and plan on asking questions. You're welcome to share your knowledge too, or answer questions posed by the group. You should expect to get guidance and answers from both the instructor, as well as the other server administrators. Here's your chance to really dig and ask questions you have always wondered about.

What attendees need to bring: Attendees need to bring an Apple laptop with the latest version of OS. If desired, it's a good idea to have a preinstalled partition on your laptop that contains OS X server so they can play and work from Server while in class.


Ready to register for MacTech Conference?
Do so now as space is limited for ALL pre-conference activities.





Security
Workshop taught by Christian Woodward, intuitive.io

With the significant increase in cyber threats - particularly in the Enterprise, SMB and mid-market size companies, an understanding of systems security as well as the relevant threat is becoming increasingly essential in the marketplace. With the belief that "OS X is inherently secure," it is our responsibility to ensure that our network and operations are as secure as anticipated. With a selection of core technologies, we can radically decrease the asymmetric threat.

Secure encryption of data influences how we all use technology, and the assumptions we make about the privacy of our data both on our devices and when our data leaves our devices in email, in the cloud, when shopping, and in countless other ways that extend further into our private lives with every new technology we adopt. Learn about the technologies that underlie our false sense of security, how it works and what you can do to manage that security for yourself, your organization and your users/clients.

This workshop will not only help you to understand the underlying technologies, but give you insight on how to protect your data, let the right users in, and keep the right users out.

This workshop is a high intensity crash course where you'll learn a lot, code a lot, and (if you're lucky) leave with some epic loot at the end! :]

By the end of the workshop, you'll have reviewed the underlying security technologies, understood some of the more common threats, and leave with a firm foundation of skills that you can use to make the most of the rest of the conference.

What attendees need to bring: Attendees need to bring an Apple laptop with the latest version of OS.


Ready to register for MacTech Conference?
Do so now as space is limited for ALL pre-conference activities.





Using Amazon Web Services

"Cloud computing" refers to the on-demand delivery of IT resources over the net. You get to rely on others to implement, maintain and manage -- and you get to do so with lower cost, pay-as-you-go pricing, rapid deployment and increased reliability. Amazon Web Services is one of the most used set of services.

When it comes to Amazon Web Services (AWS), there are lots of choices. In this workshop, you'll learn:

  • AWS Terminology
  • AWS Concepts
  • AWS Management Console
  • AWS Security
  • AWS Storage options
  • AWS Service options
  • AWS Compute and Database options
  • AWS Metrics and Alarms

You'll walk away with some real world examples, and uses. Specifically, you'll see how to create instances, set them up, and deploy them. You'll also see how you can interface with common infrastructures that you may already have in place.

What attendees need to bring: Attendees need to bring an Apple laptop with the latest version of OS. If you have an Amazon Web Services account, bring your login credentials.


Ready to register for MacTech Conference?
Do so now as space is limited for ALL pre-conference activities.





Mastering Auto Layout

When an Apple developer deals with a view’s size changes, they need to adjust the layout of its content to fit within its new bounds. Traditionally, we did this using autoresizing masks. These have the advantage of being easy to understand. Unfortunately, they are also limited. In all but the most basic views, we would need to supplement our autoresizing masks with custom code to programmatically layout some or all of our subviews.

Starting with OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 6, Apple introduced Auto Layout to help us better manage changes in screen sizes and our user interfaces. Auto Layout promises to fill the gaps left by autoresizing masks. In theory, it should completely eliminate the need to programmatically layout our view hierarchies. Furthermore, Auto Layout lets our views adapt to internal changes -- this means our views can automatically adjust their size in response to changes in their content.

This is especially important with the introduction of iOS 7 and likely Mavericks. Dynamic Type allows users to change the size of the fonts in all supporting applications. If we want to support Dynamic Type, we must re-layout our user interface whenever the font size changes. In addition, many user interface elements have changed size between iOS 6 and iOS 7 -- let alone what may come in iOS 8. If we want to support both operating systems, we need to adjust our user interface appropriately. Auto Layout helps solve both of these problems.

Auto Layout is a declarative, constraints-based layout engine. Instead of specifying a view’s size or location, Auto Layout lets us define complex relationships between views, giving us an incredible amount of power--but this power comes at a cost. Auto layout has a steeper learning curve than Autoresizing.

This workshop will help you get over the steepest part of that curve. Specifically, Mastering Auto Layout will cover:

  • The theory behind Auto Layout.
  • Programmatically setting Auto Layout constraints using NSLayoutConstraint.
  • Setting and modifying Auto Layout constraints in Interface Builder.
  • Debugging Auto Layout issues.
  • Best practices for using Auto Layout with iOS.
  • Using Auto Layout to support Dynamic Type.
  • Using Auto Layout to support multiple OS versions.

This is a hands-on workshop. Students will get experience adding, modifying and debugging Auto Layout constraints through a series of lab exercises. The class will be taught using iOS; however, most of the material will apply to OS X development as well.

What attendees need to bring: Each attendee will need a computer with the most recent version of Xcode installed. If you have an iOS developer’s license, you can bring a test device as well -- however, all the samples in class can be run on the simulator.


Ready to register for MacTech Conference?
Do so now as space is limited for ALL pre-conference activities.





What's in the plan for this year?
Awesome Venue. Expanded Schedule. More Pre-Conference Workshops.
Sessions. Labs. Certifications. Vendor Forums. Amazing Peer Networking.

This year's event has an expanded schedule with more time for more sessions, expanded labs, the best peer networking opportunities around, multiple accreditation options, and optional pre-conference workshops. Our expanded selection of Pre-Conference Workshops and the acclaimed Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation Courses take place on Tue, November 4, 2014.

And the core of the event: the sessions? They're better than ever! Great speakers. Awesome, timely topics for both IT and Devs. There are a whole lot more industry leaders, sessions, and even surprise speakers coming. MacTech Conference 2014 will be three full days — we'll end by 5pm on Friday. Not to mention our widely talked about evening events.

And, we're really excited about our venue: The Manhattan Beach Marriott. It's a beautiful venue, with easy access to LAX, overlooking a golf course, and we've secured awesome deals on guest rooms. As it did last year, the discounted guest room block is expected to sell out, so don't wait (you must be registered for MacTech Conference to reserve).
Register by August 31st, and save $400 on Early Bird Registration Pricing!




 
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