Fat Cat Software

WWDC 2007

Well, I just got back safe and sound from the week long Apple geek-fest know as WWDC. I hadn't been to the conference since 2001, back when I was still a student going with a free pass provided by Apple's student developer program. That was back in the heady days of Apple's reemergence and the dot com bubble, when there were about 1/4 as many people, it was still held in San Jose, and Jamba Juice flowed like water...Uh, what was I saying? Oh yeah, WWDC 2007! It really was amazing how many people there were this year, enough that it got me wondering if they'll have to change venues in the future if attendance keeps growing like it has been. They couldn't fit everyone in the room for the keynote, so lots of people had to watch from the overflow rooms, and there were also a fair number of sessions that filled up and threatened to violate the fire code.The keynote didn't hold many surprises, but Leopard still looks like it will do well once it's released. My only gripe was Steve Jobs trying to pass off developing web apps for the iPhone like it was something spectacular. Sorry Mr. Jobs, your audience just isn't that gullible. You can't sell a Whopper and tell them it tastes like filet mignon. I understand why they wouldn't be able to provide a full OS X based SDK yet, especially for the first release of the product, but I would have much rather he just admitted "Yeah, it's not ready yet, but while we're working on that, you can still write web apps for the iPhone. We'll get working on the real thing right away though."The upcoming stuff in the real OS X is looking pretty sweet though, and I definitely learned a lot at the sessions. I found out that with Time Machine, it will xxxx xxxxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxxx xxx xx xxxxx and also xxxx xxxxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxxx. The Core xxxxxxxxx talk was my favorite though, where they had this really cool demo that made the xxxx xxxxxxx fly around over xxx xxxxxxx xxx and even if you xxxx xxxxxxx xxx xxxxxx x xx xxxxxxxxx xxx, it will still slice through that red ripe tomato! Oh, and did I mention that all the material presented at the conference is confidential? Yeah, bummer. But trust me, it's cool.So, after a week of sitting on my butt in uncomfortable chairs, I am glad to be back home, sitting on my butt in a much more comfortable chair. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a Leopard beta seed to install... :D