Corona Geek #27 – Apps World Recap & Community Updates

Corona Geek #27 – Apps World Recap & Community Updates

During this week’s Corona Geek we hung out with Corona Ambassadors, Brian Burton, Gerald Bailey, and Matthew Chapman. We recapped Apps World North America and we discussed some of the updates that are taking place within the Corona Community. See the show notes below for full details.

This week’s t-shirt winner was Daniel Romero. Daniel followed Corona Geek on social media and then completed the Corona Geek giveaway registration form for a chance to win a Corona Labs t-shirt. Congratulations Daniel!

As always, be sure to join us next Monday at 12pm PST / 8pm GMT for a new episode and add us to your Google+ Corona SDK circle.

Thanks for watching,

Charles McKeever
Corona Geek



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If you are new to the conversation, the Corona SDK is a cross platform mobile development tool kit that makes it easy for developers to create native applications for Android and iOS devices as well as for Kindle, and Nook. Find out more about Corona SDK


Show Notes – 02/11/2013

Community Events

  • Feb 11 – 8:00 am – 4:45 pm – Web Development and Mobile Game/App Development @ Aklan State University – College of Industrial Technology, Philippines.
  • Feb 12 @ 7 pm – Corona SDK Developers Meetup, Omaha, NE @ UNO’s Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), Room 160

Corona Blog highlights

Latest Build Notes

  • In Build 1024 several issues with iAds have been addressed.
    • iOS – Fix to properly handle orientation changes in iAds
    • iOS – Fix to allow multitouch when iAds are displayed

Community Highlights

  • Brian Burton is working on his next book, which will be a getting started programming book for anyone without a programming background. Dr. Burton will be offering advance copies of the book soon to those who want to get their hands on a copy as soon as possible. You can find more information on his website, Burton’s Media Group.
  • Issue #2 of Corona Paper is on sale now. Corona Paper is a monthly magazine devoted to mobile app development using Corona SDK. It comes packed with articles, code samples, interviews, and more. It’s a Corona Geek favorite. Find more details on the Corona Paper website.

Updated Getting Started Guides

Coming Soon

Geek Speak

  •  Apps World North America –  Last week Corona Labs hosted a booth at Apps World in San Francisco where had the pleasure of talking with over 200 developers, business owners, and IT managers. The two day event was gave us an opportunity to share Corona SDK and demonstrate how the SDK helps developers created apps 10X faster.
  • Here are just a few things we shared with booth visitors
    • Developers only have to learn Lua, which is a single, high level language, that can be picked up in about 10 minutes.
    • Cross platform development is possible using one code base.
    • Corona SDK has a built in physics engine, so you can create a complex world in less than 10 lines of code.
    • Fewer lines of code are needed to develop an app.
    • Corona SDK can be used for games, business apps, and interactive books.
    • The Corona Community is 200,000 developers strong.
  • Everyone who stopped by was amazed at what could be accomplished so quickly and many of them enjoyed seeing the instant updates in the Simulator after changes to the code were saved. 
  • Community Updates – during the hangout we also discussed some of the new things that are taking place behind the scenes at Corona Labs. Some of the changes include working to enhance the Corona Ambassadors program, establishing more local events, increasing coverage of more industry events, and highlighting the efforts of Corona developers.Here are some of the things we are working on:
  • Ramping up the Ambassador Program
    • monthly newsletter
    • monthly hangout
    • cross talk (ambassadors supporting ambassadors)
    • getting plugged in ( event activities )
  • Support for more local Meetups
    • monthly online hangout
    • in-person events
    • creating an outline of topics
    • creating supporting materials
  • Coverage of more industry events like:
    • Global Game Jam
    • Apps World
    • SXSW

Closing thoughts

  • At the end of this episode we did a bit of a round table to give panelists an opportunity to talk about what they were working on. Here are a few of the things that were mentioned.

How to win a Corona Labs T-Shirt

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That’s it for this week!

Thank you for watching, listening, and supporting the show and we’ll see you on next week’s Corona Geek hangout.

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Charles McKeever

Charles McKeever is a life long computer geek who enjoys exploring technologies to understand how they work, how they can be smashed together, and how they can be used to fuel entrepreneurial endeavors.

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