I’m slowly recovering this morning from the long day of excitement, passion, and learning yesterday. Apple brought the Leopard Tech Talks to Boston (Dedham actually) and with it hundreds of passionate local Mac OS X developers. I had no idea there were so many in the New England area. Until yesterday, my whole Boston area Cocoa world encompassed the local Cocoa Heads chapter.
Because of the NDA I can’t really say much about what Apple presented, but it was well worth the time. Like many others, my mouth is watering with the idea of moving to Leopard only development as soon as possible. Leopard definitely has the feel of a developers’ release as opposed to the very much user oriented Tiger release.
As great as the Leopard talks were, one of the most interesting parts of the day was chatting with other local developers. I got the chance to talk with some promising student developers from North Eastern University. There were developers working for state agencies, some were working on interesting research projects utilizing Cocoa and OpenGL, many were “getting back in to development”, and there were plenty of rock star developers about.
If you have the chance to attend one of these or similar events, definitely make the effort. Your time will be well worth it.