Apple sent out notifications letting developers know on Monday if they can buy tickets for the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday after wrapping up the lottery entry. Did you win, and are you going? Head on over to the TMO forums and let us know in today's poll.
Instead of a mad rush for Worldwide Developer Conference tickets this year, Apple is conducting a lottery. Apple plans to notify lottery winners today so they can buy their tickets, but to have a chance you need to register by 10 AM pacific time (1 PM eastern time) today.
Apple announced the dates for its 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference dates will be June 2 through June 6, and the event will be held at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. The annual event brings together Mac and iOS developers with Apple's own engineers to learn about the company's roadmap and improve their own products.
Apple released the second beta of iOS 7 to developers on Monday, just two weeks after the company announced the first beta at the annual World Wide Developer Conference on June 10th. In addition to support for iPhone, iOS 7 Seed 2 also supports iPad for the first time.
Since 2009, The Mac Observer has been interviewing Apple developers at WWDC to take the pulse of the developer community and allow them to tell their stories to the readers. All of these interviews have been extraordinary, and we thought it was time to provide links to every interview for reference.
Scott Morrison was teaching high school computer science when he decided he needed a hobby. So he decided to learn Objective-C as a hobby. One thing led to another, and soon he was creating mail plug-ins for OS X 10.3 Jaguar's Mail app.Mr. Morrison quit his job with some trepidation, worried about the isolated life of a developer, and started his software business. He told his story to TMO's Dave Hamilton at WWDC.
Eight years ago, Dave Teare and his business partner were developing websites with Ruby on Rails. They were working with forms and had to constantly enter user names and passwords. That was tiresome, so they eventually developed a tool that allowed them to enter that data with a click. It was to be a one month project. Eight years later, 1Password is going strong on OS X and iOS. And Windows. And Android.
Alf Watt attended MacWorld New York in 1999 and saw Steve Jobs launch AirPort in the first iBook and base stations. A geek at heart, he immediately wanted to understand this new technology, and iStumbler for Mac OS 9 was the result. Later, he headed a team at Apple working on Wi-Fi technologies. Basically, Mr. Watt has spent ten years making an invisible technology, indistinguishable from magic, very visible. The story of how that turned out includes fascinating technical tidbits about how Wi-Fi works.
Life at Bjango for Marc Edwards started with OS X widgets, but widgets aren't really a big thing anymore on the Mac. Even so, 30 million downloads provided a sense that something good was going on. Later came iStat Menus and an evolving family of products. But after he viewed the WWDC Keynote, his reaction was "what just happened?"
Kevin Hoctor was looking for a great money management tool for the Mac. After experiencing the dreary life of being a Windows developer, he decided to learn Cocoa and Objective-C and discovered the joys of writing for the Mac. His first major release was MoneyWell, and it went fabulously. Now he's working on the iPad version. Mr. Hoctor has never looked back.
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