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WWDC Wrapup

Funny how when you attend a conference like WWDC, everything outside the conference just disappears until the conference is over. Of course I had the best of intentions when heading out on my flight last week to SFO to keep the blogging up throughout the week. That just didn’t happen. Anyway, I thought I would take an opportunity to reflect on stuff that has happened this week.

The obvious mention goes to the Apple Intel switch. When Steve announced the switch at the keynote, it was like getting a slap in the face. Fortunately, as the week went on and I got a chance to work on some of the new development Intel boxes, I think this change will be good for the Mac. Now I just need to recompile my app and it’s libraries… 🙂

Monday at lunch was the MacSB Gathering, and I think it went pretty well. There definitely seemed to be a lot of cool ideas floating around, and I hope some of the attendee’s felt the meeting was beneficial. Also on Monday (night) was the blogger meetup, which Buzz put together again this year. While there, I got a close look at Dan Wood’s new app, Sandvox. It looks pretty promising, and I hope it’s a great success.

Wednesday evening was the Apple Design Awards. I didn’t come home with a prize, but there were some really good apps this year, and I congratulate everyone who won. After the awards ended they showed a slideshow of some other notable contest entries, and Dash Monitors was shown for a second or two. That was pretty cool.

Thursday, of course, was the Apple Campus Bash. The Wallflowers were playing in concert, and I got a chance to see Dave, a friend from college. We were of the last ones out of the Apple Store that evening, and I took the last bus back to SF so it was a late night. Overall, that was a lot of fun.

WWDC wouldn’t be what it is without the developer interaction. Of course it was great to see Gus Mueller, Brent Simmons, Mike McCracken, Buzz Andersen, Jonathan “Wolf” Rentzsch, and Joe Pezzillo again. This year I also had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Biggus, Jiva DeVoe (also helped plan the MacSB gathering, thanks!), Joe Maller, Luis de la Rosa, Dori Smith, and Mike Zornek. It was great spending time with everyone. If I forgot anyone, let me know in the comments.

Overall it was a great week… can’t wait for WWDC 2006!

Catch-up

For some reason, I’ve found 0 time to blog recently, so it’s time to play catch-up.

Gus moved to the West Coast and is settling into his new place. Congrats to Gus and Kirstin on the move.

Brent has been posting his thoughts on Apple’s interface design in Tiger. I’m sure you’ve probably seen links to this on other blogs, but I thought I would post it anyway since all of the articles have been quite enjoyable to read.

WWDC is coming up! I’m flying out to the Bay Area tomorrow evening. Early, I know, but the airlines really aren’t convenient when you want to redeem frequent flyer miles. I’m spending the extra couple of days visiting with Katrina’s parents, so it should be a good time. This year I’m going to bring the digital camera to take some shots at the conference. Apple won’t allow photos to be taken in the sessions, so last year I figured a camera wouldn’t be of much use and I left it at home. I ended up missing out on some good photo opportunities though, so this year I’m bringing it along.

WWDC Mac SB Meetup

I just wanted to extend an invitation to any Mac developers planning to attend WWDC this year. A group of people on the MacSB (Mac Software Business) mailing list are planning to meet at WWDC for an informal discussion about topics that relate to owning a Mac software business. This page lists some of the details of the event.

It looks like we should have a good group of people there, so I’m really looking forward to it. Let me know if you’re planning to attend or if you would like to suggest any additional topics to discuss.

Going to WWDC

Just made my airline reservations to go to WWDC 2005. I’m pretty excited about this year’s conference with Tiger finally making it out the door pretty soon now. Last year they introduced the 2.5Ghz G5s and the new line of Cinema displays (both of which are sitting on my desk :-))…wonder what this year has in store. G5 Powerbooks would be nice, but I’m not betting on it.

As far as sessions that will be cool to go to… I’m excited about the Core Data sessions. Core Data is going to be a really nice addition to the OS, and last years session just touched on it briefly. It will be nice to learn some more advanced information about how it’s implemented, and how they are planning to allow migrating to new versions of software with database modeling changes. I would also like to go to a couple of Web Kit sessions since Seasonality is really an online application and the possibility of having features implemented through Web Kit in the future is pretty good. Finally, I want to learn more about Automator/AppleScript, gcc 4, and I wouldn’t mind going to the “What’s New with File System” session to learn how to use the ACLs in Tiger.

Buzz is putting together another Weblogger Dinner this year. Last year’s dinner was a lot of fun, and I’m sure this year will be the same.

Anyway, if you’re planning to go and want to meet up, let me know.

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