Well, the week has finally come to a close, and WWDC ended with it. Overall, I had a great time at the conference, and I’ll definitely be returning in future years. Even though it was larger than O’Reilly’s Mac OS X Conference, it was still fairly easy to meet new people and get to know them. I had the pleasure of meeting many Mac developers at various official and unofficial evening events, including Buzz Andersen, Jason Deraleau, Jim Gaynor, Joe Heck, Mike McCracken, Joe Pezzillo, Andrew Pontious, and Jonathan “Wolf” Rentzsch. Also, I was happy to see some familiar faces from previous conferences including Gus Mueller and Brent Simmons. I’m sure I’m forgetting some people here, so if I didn’t mention someone, I apologize.
WWDC is one of those conferences where ideas are born. Most of the sessions were about current Mac OS X technologies or new ones that will be introduced in Tiger. They show you how to use them, and seeing demos in action really start the wheels spinning in your head as to how you can use them yourself. In other words, it’s a great place to be when trying to start working on a new application, like I am doing for Gaucho Software.
So now that this week is over, I have to get back to the real world. Katrina and I have less than a week to pack everything up at home and start driving across the country to Michigan. It’s an understatement to say that this week will be busy, but I’m sure things will work out well and we’ll be enjoying our new life in Michigan before we know it. Even though I’ve only been “unemployed” for a month, I’m anxious to get back to work and get my new company off the ground.
Well, one of the few things here at WWDC I can talk about here on my blog is the Keynote address. Most people have probably already heard the news. New hardware was kind of scarce except for the new LCD displays that were announced. I must say that after seeing the new 30″ monitor up close, I was awestruck. This display is incredible and would be a welcome addition to my desktop if it was a tad more affordable. 😉
On the flip side, good software announcements have been plentiful. Tiger looks like it will be a nice OS upgrade with the Core Image and Core Video libraries. I’m sure the Konfabulator developers aren’t too happy about the new Dashboard functionality in Tiger, though it looks like Dashboard will be a welcome addition to the OS. Hopefully the Konfabulator developers will find features that add a lot of value to their software over what Apple offers.
Overall, it’s been a great conference so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of the week.
Well, tomorrow morning, I’m taking off to San Francisco for WWDC next week. For some reason, when I ordered the airline tickets, a 7am flight didn’t sound so bad…but having to wake up at 4:30am tomorrow morning isn’t something I’m looking forward to. 🙂
Something I am looking forward to is the conference. I registered for the Cocoa tutorial on Sunday, which sounds like it will be good. Even though I’ve been programming in Cocoa for a couple of years, it will be interesting to see different methods of doing things. The hope is that my next app will have more polish than XRG does, which is my first serious Cocoa application.
I’m also looking forward to the WWDC Weblogger Meetup on Monday evening. I posted about the Meetup a month or two ago when it was first being organized. It will definitely be cool to meet some of the other Mac Developer bloggers out there and have a good dinner to boot.
If anyone out there is going and want to meet up, send me an email!
Buzz Andersen posted comments and a summary page for the planned WWDC Weblogger Meetup. It looks like there are about 15 people who have already shown interest on his site, so it should be pretty fun.
I guess I should probably register for the conference…one minor technicality that I haven’t taken care of yet. 🙂