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Well, yesterday I came from C4. C4 was the first developers conference I have attended, and it was well worth going. I met lots of cool people: some who already have some apps out, some who havent released anything – yet.

The Funny

There is, at least for me, two pretty funny & memorable moments of C4.

Before Brian W. Fitzpatrick gave his talk on the future of subversion he said “All information in this talk is under the NDA.” I immediately got really excited, I’ve never heard NDA information before, and this was about subversion, software I actually use! He follows that up with “Yeah, it is ‘Not Decided Apon’.” That gave me a good laugh :)

Aaron Hillegass was the guest speaker at C4. If you know who he is, you know he is the guy to learn cocoa from. He’s made the super popular Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X and runs the Big Nerd Ranch camps (you pay a couple thousand dollars to learn Cocoa). So throughout his talk he was shamelessly promoting his Big Nerd Ranch camps and encouraging people to sign up. At one point he said something to the effect of “If you cocoa you should know…”, somone from the audience sarcastically said “Where could we learn cocoa?” I really hope someone got that on tape, it was hilarious.

The Interesting

The most interesting talk was John Gruber’s. I’m not going to summarize what has already been summarized but the basic idea that I extracted from the talk was that ‘The HIG is dead. Just make cool apps that people can figure out how to use and look cool at the same time’. Perfect examples of this are AppZapper, Quicksilver, Shiira,, NewsFire, etc, etc.

The Cool

The coolest part about C4 was seeing people who I’ve only read about, and meeting people whose apps I seen/used/read about. Of course all the popular mac devs like Gus Mueller and Brent Simmons were there, but there was also a bunch of less popular devs who attended. I was fortunate enough to meet up with Daniel Jalkut of Red Sweater Software (creator of FlexTime), Jon Crosby of Kaboomerang (maker of Actiontastic), and Geoff Pado of Elgebar Studios (creator of Pencils Down) as well as a bunch of other people whose web-site I can’t seem to find.

Overall it was an awesome time, I’m definitely attending next year if it’s put on again.

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The announcements this year are not as impressive as last year. Probably the most exciting thing for most people this year is the new Mac Pro: 16GB of RAM, 2TB of storage, dual 64 bit 3GHZ processors. Wow, I want one.

I am sort of disappointed with the end-user Leopard features. The time machine idea sounds and looks cool, but I’m wondering how useful it will be and how much it will slow down my computer. The improvements to iChat are very welcome, and the screen sharing feature looks incredible. Spaces looks awesome, finally we are going to get built in virtual desktops. I really don’t use Dashboard or iCal, so changes to those areas of the OS don’t really affect me. I currently don’t use Spotlight because of its sluggishness (Butler is much faster for my needs), so hopefully it’ll become useful with boolean search queries and hopefully some speed boosts.

The real exciting announcements are on this page. Code folding, Xcode 3.0, improved interface builder, xRay, project snapshots, obj-c 2.0 (with garbage collection! I really never thought that would happen). Cant wait to get my hands on this stuff. Apple has also decided to open-source some more parts of its OS, this is awesome news and I hope this trend continues.

Average Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 205 user reviews.

Yesterday my Dock decided it didn’t like the finder, so it cut it off from the Dock.
Mousing over or clicking on the Finder icon wouldn’t cause anything to happen. Pretty weird, I’ve never seen this before. A simple

killall Dock

fixed it, so it must of been a obscure bug with the Dock.

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 236 user reviews.

If you haven’t tried out TextMate I command you to download it right now. Its the most powerful and flexible editor I have ever used, I’m having trouble understanding how everything works its complicated. The syntax coloring is amazing, its so incredibly customizable. This is the only Cocoa text-editor I’m aware of that has code-folding, which is a very cool feature. The documentation is awesome and the wiki and mailing list are awesome resources too. It has amazing integration with the command line, allowing almost endless customization!

Average Rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 212 user reviews.

I came across an awesome article on the Cocoa Text System. If you do alot of text editing I recommend you check it out, along with the default key bindings.

Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 based on 188 user reviews.

Will Shipley has posted about a bounty for the first person to get Windows to successfully boot on an Intel Mac. When I first heard about Apple switching to Intel chips I immediately thought: “Wow! Linux, Windows, and OS X on one machine! That would be computer utopia!”. Unfortunately Apple decided to use the EFI instead of BIOS, so Windows XP wont boot on the current Intel Macs (Windows Vista might boot though…). It’ll be interesting to see if this is possible and if it ends up being accomplished.

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 210 user reviews.