About

by Marcus Zarra

The site is called Cocoa Is My Girlfriend because it’s about programming and a passion for programming on iOS and OSX. Writing code is hard work but it’s fun. It’s science but it’s also art. It’s fun as well as infuriating. It’s often beautiful and sometimes ugly. It’s temperamental yet rewarding. Cocoa is My Girlfriend.

We got the original idea from a phrase in the song Apple used for their first iPod Touch commercial called ‘Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex’ by Brazilian group Cansei de Ser Sexy. The phrase that says ‘Music is my boyfriend’ and then ‘Music is my girlfriend’ is what caught our attention. It’s interesting way to say, we really like writing code using Cocoa.

About The Authors

Marcus S. Zarra is the owner of Zarra Studios, based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been developing Cocoa software since 2003, Java software since 1996, and has been in the industry since 1985. Currently Marcus is producing software for iOS and OS X. In addition to writing software, he assists other developers by blogging about development and supplying code samples. Currently, Zarra Studios is the developer of iWeb Buddy. Marcus is the author of Core Data: Apple’s API for Persisting Data under Mac OS X and Co-Author of Core Animation: Simplified Animation Techniques for Mac and iPhone Development. You can find Marcus on Twitter at @mzarra or via email using marcus at cimgf dot com.

Matt Long: Matt is a solid applications engineer who has used many different technologies throughout his career. He has developed everything from web applications, mobile applications, and embedded device interfaces to iOS applications for the iPhone and iPad. He brings many years of experience that he uses to help teach other developers how to transition from the world of other development platforms to iOS and Mac OS X with greater ease. Matt is also a Co-Author of Core Animation: Simplified Animation Techniques for Mac and iPhone Development. You can find Matt on Twitter at @perlmunger or via email using matt at cimgf dot com.

Fraser Hess: Fraser Hess is the owner of Sweeter Rhythm LLC in Centennial, CO. He learned to programme on a Sinclair ZX Spectrum in his native Scotland, many moons ago. Prior to coming to Objective-C/Cocoa he learned BASIC, Pascal, PHP and even a little Ruby. Somehow he has a knack for fixing bugs in code he’s never seen, written in languages he’s never read. Fraser occasionally attempts to communicate with Americans through public speaking at events like RMOUG, C4[3] and 360MacDev. Fraser tweets in a thick brogue at @fraserhess and can be also be contacted at fraser at sweeterrhythm dot com.

Saul Mora: Saul Mora is the Founding Panda at Magical Panda Software. Saul is a relative newcomer to the Cocoa platform, having bought his first Mac when Apple first switched to Intel processors. However, Saul has a strong foundation in development fundamentals and has experienced a wide range of development platforms from Java, to C# and .net to Ruby on Rails. Saul contributes regularly to local iOS and Cocoaheads user groups and conferences sharing what he’s learned about iOS and Cocoa. Saul is the maintainer of the open source Core Data helper framework, MagicalRecord, described in a few posts here on cimgf.com. Saul is also the host of NSBrief, a podcast for Cocoa developers, talking about interesting developer-y topics. You can catch Saul on the internets at saul @ magicalpanda dot com or on twitter at @casademora.

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