Archive for the ‘wwdc07’ category

WWDC 2007 Videos On ADC

July 29, 2007

To all you fellow ADC’ers… Not only is 9A499 available in server and client flavors it appears the latest WWDC videos are available too.

If, like me, you just didn’t quite suck it up and go to the Moscone Center this year… the video proceedings are now available. You’re going to have to be on your toes though. The only way I found these (and I probably accidentally ignored the email from ADC) was as I was downloading the “Designing Web Content for iPhone” video (iTunes ADC login required).

WWDC ADC iTunes

Notice the tabbed path to the iPhone video. If you click on the NAME@ADC on iTunes tab you’ll see several buttons for all kinds of WWDC videos (2004 – 2007) and iPhone. Even some Foundational and Scientific videos I’d never seen before. Cool.

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Leopard Lurking in iPhone’s Shadow

June 28, 2007

All the engineers must still be beating on the iPhone ’cause there’s not much of anything happening on the Leopard side of the developers’ fence. I’m telling you!

OK, so there’s this big whoopdie doo 10.4.10 Server seed. I don’t want a crack at that! Thank you. Just post the stinking Leopard seed. What is so wrong with that!? And, while we’re at it Apple… please follow up with the trouble ticket I posted the DAY of the SteveNote at WWDC.

Is everyone out to iLunch in Cupertino? Seriously!

New WWDC Previews Flowing…

June 25, 2007

Some of the WWDC Preview images are now beginning to flow out of the ADC program. Without getting in to specifics some interesting NEW things are starting to appear. Select Members might be interested in logging on if interested. As of 9:05 p.m. Central there is no new image of Leopard though.

WWDC07 9A466 OFFICIAL Image

June 24, 2007

Just received this from the ADC. Encouraging (and welcome) news. Can’t say that I recall ADC ever sending an email ahead of a pending posting. Wonder if they caught any blowback from their (cough, cough) developers who couldn’t make it to WWDC07 (cough, cough).I know they intended to post it all along. The graphics on the ADC site clearly said the beta was to be distributed “first” at WWDC07. Yeah, OK… fine! Just post this bad boy already. WWDC07 isn’t even being blogged about anymore and I’m anxious as all get out to put some quality time in on the latest Leopard Server.WWDC Leopard 9a466

Crouching Leopard. Hidden Features.

June 16, 2007

No, this is not a spoiler posting. I’m pondering what other of the hidden features might leap out at us. What they might (or hopefully, might not) be. The role of Apple’s Developers and how that could change in the near future based on things like Google Gears. The real gem of my screed is at the very end.

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First up? Everyone’s favorite (and hopefully, first) non-Apple app they run to when they buy a new Mac… QuickSilver. Apple has this quirky habit of glomming onto other people’s REALLY good ideas and making them, well, their own. I’m specifcally calling to mind things like Watson (aka Apple’s Sherlock), Konfabulator (aka Widgets) or VirtueDesktop (aka Leopard Spaces). I’m sure there are more which are not top of mind. I can only hope Apple doesn’t do to Black Tree’s QuickSilver or Delicious Monster what they’ve done to these other of their innovative developers.

Have to plead ignorance here… Do Sun, Microsoft or Linux pull these kinds of stunts with their OS builds? Swiping from their developers I mean…

The flip side of that is Apple does do right by some of their developers. CoverFlow for instance. Which seems to be taking more and more prominent positioning in their lineup with the new CoverFlow powered Finder.

Second up – Open Sourcing. When Apple’s not being strongly influenced by the innovations of others (pat on back, nicely politely put) they’re doing some MARVELOUS stuff with open source bedrock. CalDAV. Mongrel. SquirrelMail. Ruby. Java. Blojsom. Some of the Teams components in Leopard Server we’ve been told in the public forum are based on lots of open source goodness. So, please, despite all my dissing on Apple this week… I can diss my own family. Someone else pulls that crap and I’m all over them 🙂 I LOVE Apple. I simply want to see them do right by their developers. I recall someone suggesting Apple’s coming up short in this regard (must look at my CoComment threads – yep, it was The Scobleizer). I happen to think that’s spot on the money.

Which brings me to the third and final point. I’ve been an Apple Developer since I left Apple in 1994. Before that I was firmly in the camp of Apple’s internal developers as one of their “Systems Engineers” (what a GREAT job during such a DARK period… jogs self back to present). Ahem. We were secretive then and that was under Spindler and Amelio. I can only imagine how things have changed under Mr. We Will NEVER Do A Video Ipod. That’s all good and fine and I can certainly appreciate the mystique that promotes. Still, when you’re a developer and you’re trying to build the next best thing to page swapping… well, secrets kinda crimp your style.

This is one of the dirty little secrets of the Mac developer community. We have to route around Apple. Read another way, we have to route around the damage. On the one hand they say they love their developers. And, to a degree I believe them. But, then they do things that don’t match up with their declaration of love. The big example I wave around is probably the most important. I’m not the worlds best coder. I’m largely self-taught. Once upon a time I was among the first hundred or so Newton Messagepad developers. Even then (much as today) there has not been a place for Apple’s Developers to swap experience outside of the WWDC meeting. (EDIT: appears I didn’t finish out the thought… Apple is putting their developers in a position to go akimbo to their NDAs by talking outside of channels)

Why, in this day and age, can’t Apple break off a nice little chunk of their Web Crossing Forum software and make a petri dish for us? That way the conversation is contained in a hermetically sealed space. Apple can control the inning and outing of information. And, most importantly, we developers can discuss stuff like Leopard’s upcoming features under the watchful eye of Apple (but we both know I was thinking Mordor). I want to become a better developer. I want to hire people who share their coding talents with others (net “givers”, not net “takers”).

Anyway… I’m looking at Leopard (OSX in general) imagining all it can become and the pace at which it could get there. Apple’s not doing the platform any favors and they risk losing fine and innovative developers like Mark at ClamXav (and aspiring ones like me) who are expanding the utility of the platform more out of a sense of cause and community than anything. Hopefully, Apple swings closer to the middle for the sake of the platform rather than hang out in the relative safety of the cloister in Cupertino.

One more thing (ouch!)… IF Apple’s approach to developing for the iPhone is really (and I’m skeptical) centered on web deployable apps AND Google’s Gears is emerging as the take-your-web-apps-offline king of the heap AND Google and Apple are deep under the sheets THEN don’t you think it is reasonable to expect some day things like the iPhone and OSX even will no longer require an installed app? Think about that one and get back to me.

Hey But Look What We DO Get

June 13, 2007

Yeah, I’m still pissed at Apple Developer Connection… (grumble, grumble) No Leopard distro seed for ussun’s at home!? :PBut, on the plus side of things… Hey, nice! (detect sarcasm?) We get another seed of 10.4.10. For Intel and PowerPC no less. And the FireWire SDK. XCode 2.5 (oh, very nice indeed). And, let’s not forget the FRIGGIN XSAN WWDC (W.W.D.C.!!!!) distro. OK, deep breaths…Yeah, so, why is it this WWDC seed of Leopard’s not available again? 

Apple’s “Other” Devs Don’t Count? WTF!?

June 12, 2007

PREFACE: I hope this is a big misunderstanding…

But,I think I’m pissed off at Apple. Not a little bit. I’m thinking it’s a whole 3-litre of whoop-ass.

Steve Jobs dropped a line that kind of sounded like a WWDC exclusive on the Leopard Build demo’d yesterday.

If so… that clenches my relationship with Apple Developer Connection. I’m done. Finito! IF they don’t release this seed (or one better than it) to all us loyal ADC Select, paid-in-good-standing Developers fairly soon (within two weeks) they can kiss off.

I’d encourage all my developer friends out there to phone (800) 633-2152 and give the nice Irish folk who answer the phones at Apple’s Developer Connection a construcitve bit of feedback.

For chrissakes! If they can serve up Odwalla drinks and danish pastries based on last year’s attendee feedback they can sure as hell fix this pronto.

Another path to provide feedback…