Welcome to the Hands On. If you came to the talks series, and you want to get your hands on some code in public, this evening is for you. If you want to get together with fellow Swift Londoners and enjoy some collaborative learning-through-doing, then likewise, this is for you.
The format for the night is modelled on the London Python Code Dojo, which is to the original Dojo concept "as an improvisation in a jazz club is to a string quartet recital." In short, it's an experimental night.
While we socialise at the start, participants who have ideas are asked to come up to the whiteboard and write down problems or tasks they'd like to work on. Then, we all gather and vote on the suggestions, picking one or two to work on in small groups. From there you have 1hr 30 to try your best and build something that works. We end with a show & tell from each group, which acts a bit like an open code review. Hopefully, with the problem fresh in our minds, we can compare and learn from each other's solutions.
That's the idea anyway. But it's an experiment, let's see what happens.
These evenings should be inclusive and open to all. Prior experience with Swift and some knowledge of the Cocoa frameworks would be very handy, but if you don't feel confident enough to bring your laptop and work with others, it's perfectly fine to join and watch, or ask questions.
For those who are coding, which will be most of you, bring your MacBook with the latest beta version of Xcode. We'll have a copy on a USB stick for those who need it.