MacTech Conference July 29, 2013 at 8:00 am

MacTech Pre-Conference Workshops

If you are going to the MacTech Conference this year, you should check out the Workshops that are being offered on November 5th, the day before the Conference starts. These Workshops are designed to prepare you for and then complete a certification/accreditation or give you an in-depth look at a specific topic.

For Certification/Accreditation, if you are interested in getting an Apple Certification (IT, Pro Apps or Hardware), there is the Apple Certification Exams workshop. This workshop will help you prepare for the Apple Certification that you are interested in. Also available is the Office for Mac Accreditation, which is free but has a limited number of seats. These Certification sessions are scheduled so that you can do both the Apple Exams and Office for Mac Accreditation in the same day. If you have been meaning to get that Apple Certification but have been holding off, do not delay any longer and take advantage of this workshop.

If you would like to learn more about automation and scripting, The Automation Mindset:  Scripting, Command Line and More covers this topic in depth and gives you the opportunity for personalized help on the topic. If you have always wanted to build automation for your environment but have never had the time or have gotten hung up on a specific concept or practice in the past, than this session would be invaluable for you. This session covers Automator, Applescript and Xcode. This is a great chance to get your feet wet with automation on OS X.

Another session that is of specific interest to Mac Admins would be the iOS Mobility Solutions workshop. Many environments have been ignoring iOS and hoping that the devices will go away over time, but it is clear that this is not the case. iOS devices will only multiply in the enterprise environment, so learning how to deploy and manage them is a necessary skill. This workshop will walk you through every aspect of deploying and managing iOS devices so that you can take these skills back to your environment and get those iOS devices under control.

If you are of the developer persuasion, there are also two workshops that would be of great interest. Firstly there is the iOS Development 101 workshop for people who are new to coding for iOS or anyone who wants to refine their foundational iOS skills. This session covers various iOS specific topics and will give you a kickstart to any iOS development project you may have in mind. Another Developer focused Workshop is on Adding iCloud Syncing to your App. iCloud syncing can be a mysterious and difficult feature to implement according to Apple’s guidelines…but it doesn’t have to be.  Check out this session if you would like to implement iCloud syncing in your app but are not quite sure where to start.

Space is limited, so jump over to the Pre-Conference Workshop page and get registered as soon as you can.

Nate Walck

Nate is a Systems Reliability Engineer at Dropbox, Inc in San Francisco, CA. He runs along with Sam Keeley and is one of the founding members of the ##osx-server IRC channel on He loves being involved in the Mac Admin community and using Open Source projects whenever possible, especially Munki, The Luggage and Puppet.

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