WWDC: Busted

WWDC is over, and I’m now home safe, somewhat sound. I truly enjoyed my time at DEN, as well as the brief visit to San Francisco in between. I met some people, failed to meet a lot of people, saw some old friends and old enemies (I’ll let you decide who’s who), fell in love, got married, got divorced, killed a man, and won the NBA championship. Ok, maybe not all that, but I did pay too much for brunch.

For me, the most useful part of WWDC was the labs. At no other time of the year do you get unfiltered, one-on-one contact with Apple engineers. Surprisingly, I even managed to avoid punching any of them. I spent hours in the lab talking with the QuickTime, WebKit, and CFNetwork teams about various issues I’ve encountered. One engineer even volunteered to exercise his Gdb Fu on my MBP.

There’s much more to WWDC than just the technical side, though. In addition to the valuable information I learned, I was also able to bring home a backpack, three shirts, a Red Sweater button, and the common cold.

I do have one complaint about WWDC (not the food). We stood in line for over an hour — outside in the chilly wind — to get into the keynote, but it wasn’t until 15 minutes after the keynote started that we finally got in … to the overflow room. I understand that there’s not enough space for everyone in the main room, but Apple knew well in advance both what time the keynote starts and how many people were attending WWDC, so there is absolutely no excuse for failing to open the doors in time for everyone to get in the building and sit down. Really, it’s shameful. I would like to hear an apology from Apple for this major logistical screwup. It gave me a bad impression at the very beginning of my first WWDC and first keynote. Not to mention that tickets are quite expensive, yet non-attendees following on the internet had better access to the keynote than me. WWDC organizers, you suck!

I’m not allowed to say anything else about the conference, because of the NDA. I may be breaking it just by telling you I was there. Nonetheless, I’m going to share one little Snow Leopard secret with you. To distinguish it from Leopard, the latest WWDC seed has a new default Desktop background image: Hello Kitty.

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