While I am regrettably not going to make it out to Macworld Expo in San Francisco next week, I have managed to do some web site traveling, by participating in panel discussions and other interviews related to Macworld and otherwise.
The Guardian: Reading The Runes For Apple
The UK newspaper The Guardian invited me to take part in a group interview about Apple and its future, centering around Macworld as a discussion point. A series of questions was posed to a large collection of people. I was honored to be included alongside such luminaries as Chuq Von Rospach, David Sobotta, Mike Evangelist, Michael Gartenberg, Adam Engst, Wil Shipley, Gus Mueller, and John Gruber.
If you don’t have time to read the full responses linked to above, you might check out the abridged version, which was edited to appear in print. But I think you’ll miss a lot of valuable context in the answers, including the perplexing omission of all of John Gruber’s replies. That’s showbusiness!
Mac Developer Roundtable: Error Handling
The latest installment of the podcast that features geeks sitting around a metaphorical table has gone live, and in it we discuss the question of error handling, and in particular how it should best be addressed in Cocoa programming on the Mac. I’m not sure we really came to any astounding conclusions, but it was nice to talk through some of the considerations for and against the popular approaches. Thanks to Uli Kusterer, Gus Mueller, Guy English, and the host Scotty for making this such a fun discussion.
Speaking of the Mac Developer Network, apparently everybody has been so busy with the holidays, preparing for Macworld, and hacking away on projects, that there has been something of a dry spell in terms of technical guests for the Late Night Cocoa podcast. Here’s an opportunity for many readers of this blog to get “semi-famous” by lending your voice and wisdom to the podcast, and agreeing to be interviewed by Scotty for the show. He makes it really easy to come off sounding like you know what you’re talking about. Don’t be timid, submit an idea!
Wired: Macworld Highlights
Bryan Gardiner from Wired discusses consensus expectations for Macworld, and gave me the opportunity to chime in with some developer perspective. My chat with Gardiner was by telephone, and I wasn’t sure what, if anything he’d be able to use from our enjoyable conversation. But what he managed to take away is an expression of sentiment that I’m quite happy to stand by. Regarding the iPhone and our hopes and dreams as developers waiting for an SDK:
“What it comes down to is right now, the universe of ideas that are available to developers is limited by browsers. We all have our own imagination we want to let loose on the platform.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself! :)