Archive for June, 2005

WWDC Update #2

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

WWDC is over and I am back home in LA. Still can’t say much about the sessions but we did see some cool things all over the board. Core Data and Cocoa Bindings are quite neat but at the same time they are quite a bit confusing too when it comes to doing actually useful and slightly complicated things with them. I also learned that Core Data was a translation of WebObjects stuff into Cocoa.

I took the day off from the conference’s mostly boring and uninteresting schedule on Friday to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge with my roomy from the hotel room, George, and another guy from Australia, James. We went from Fisherman’s Wharf all the way to Sausalito, then took the ferry back to Pier 1, then rode back again to Pier 41. It was great fun and it happened to be great weather after a week of semi-cloudy or rainy weather. I’ve posted pics from the my trip here.

I also saw The Longest Yard, with Chris Rock and Adam Sandler. Normally I would not have enjoyed this movie very much; but after a long day in-doors at the conference talking code, it was great to sit back for some really brainless laughs. If that’s what you need it will serve you well.

WWDC Update #1

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

Wow. I am loving WWDC. It has been great so far. Its the second day of the conference, although the students here on scholarship, including myself, started a day earlier.

The Keynote
There was Steve’s keynote where he delivered the blow that shocked the PC world. Apple is not only switching the processors being used in their computers to Intel or x86 based processors but, they have been secretly been building, running, and testing Mac OS X on such systems ever since its inception. This is incredible since almost all of the software that Apple produces for the Mac (I’m not sure about the Pro Apps) seems to be already ported and ready to go for the new platform. Now its up to the rest of the developer’s to kick it into gear and do the same.

I finally got to see Steve speak live instead of on a webcast. He’s got showmanship and charisma to spare. He controls a room of 3,800 developers as easily as a pen on paper. (more…)

I’m Going to WWDC

Friday, June 3rd, 2005

Europe… didn’t… happen. For various reasons out of my control. There is no use stressing or being disappointed about it. It will happen when its meant to happen, I am sure it will work itself out soon enough.

Instead I am headed back to San Francisco and Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. I was invited there on a student scholarship and I’m very much looking forward to it. Hopefully I’ll learn a lot and meet a few interesting people in the process.

In preparation for WWDC I installed the copy of Mac OS X 10.4 or Tiger as its better known. There are a number of improvements throughout the system which I like but to be honest I don’t think its worth the extra $100 or so for most people. Spotlight and Dashboard are cool but hardly the bee’s knees.

I also have a bone to pick with Spotlight searches: (more…)