Thoughts from a NeXTStep Guy on Cocoa Development

Leaving Apple

Jul 01, 2011 by Bill Dudney

As I tweeted a couple of weeks ago, I’m no longer at Apple. It was quite a difficult decision to leave, but as much as I love to help developers, as much fun as it was to plan WWDC, as cool as the evangelism team is, I wanted freedom to do my own thing. There is so much more to say here but it is still jumbled in a bunch of mixed emotions, as I continue to deconstruct stuff I’ll try to write coherent posts about the decision here.

One of the things I wanted to do is help Chris update the iOS SDK Development book. It was a ton of fun to write, it met with some reasonable success and had a great following on the PragProg forums. Given the history of the book it was making me sick that it was languishing with Xcode 3 screen shots and no iOS 4 or iOS 5 content. So I’m super happy to say I’ve signed on as a co-author for the next edition that will include iOS 5 and Xcode 4. I’ll be posting about the book over the upcoming weeks with updates as we approach beta.

I love helping and teaching developers, but I also love to write code that ships. As an evangelist I got to do a bunch of the prior but none of the latter. So I’m also chomping at the bit to get back to my apps, that will have to wait till the book is done. I’ll post about what I learn from converting iOS 2 and iOS 3 apps to iOS 5 as I get started on those transitions. I know most of you have probably already gone through this so I’ll mostly be writing those entries for myself :)

Since I love to teach I really missed being at conferences so I’m super happy to say I’ll be at CocoaConf in August. It’s a great line up of speakers, I wish I was going as an attendee so I could see all the other talks! It would be great to see you there.

Thanks for taking the time to read and I'm really looking forward to getting back into this side of the community!

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1 Infinite Loop Cupertino CA

Jan 25, 2010 by Bill Dudney

I'm very excited to announce that I have in my possession an offer from Apple to fill the position of Application Framework Evangelist. And I'm even more excited to say that I'm going to accept it. It has been a crazy ride getting here, but I'm really glad to have arrived.

Now for the why. Why would I go from Indie to working for the Man? Well in this case the Man is Apple, and I think we can all see the appeal there :) But seriously the thing I really enjoy doing is helping people build stuff for the Mac and iPhone. My favorite Amazon review is 0 to iPhone App in 6 months. I love that review because that person went from nothing to app, that one review made the book worth writing. Not saying the $ wasn't good too, but the real motivator is helping people. I love it.

As I thought about this job it is helping people x10. I don't just get to help the people that follow me on twitter or that buy the book or post to the forum but I get to help everyone doing Mac and iPhone stuff. And that totally rocks!

I feel like there should be a pithy movie quote or song lyric here, all that comes to mind is 'A dweeam wiffin a dweeam' and 'Heading out to San Francisco'. If more come to mind I'll be sure and post them :)

My start date is Feb 15, can't wait!

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Objective-C 2.0 Screencasts Live

Jan 14, 2009 by Bill Dudney

Totally stoked to say that my Obj-C 2.0 screencast in online.

Looking forward to hearing about the cool iPhone apps you come up with!

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What a Ride

Nov 16, 2008 by Bill Dudney

The last 5 weeks have been a blur. Essentially since the NDA was lifted I've been heads down getting caught up on all the stuff I had put aside in the gloomy days when it looked like the NDA would never lift.

Since the lift, we've pushed 5 betas of the iPhone SDK book, completed and delivered the first iPhone Studio, answered nearly countless (234 at last count) questions in the book and screencast forums, posted nearly 300 tweets, and generally ignored my family and friends. Sorry! I will try not to do it again :)

Now that I'm finished with the big push I'm finally getting back to normal life, I'm really glad to get to hang out with my family again. I should also start posting regular updates here. Looking forward to getting back into the conversation!

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iPhoneLive 2008 Postponed

Oct 23, 2008 by Bill Dudney

O’Reilly Media has made the decision to postone the iPhoneLive conference. You can read a short statement by O’Reilly Media concerning the matter. If you have questions about this decision, please contact O’Reilly Media.

As you can imagine, I'm disappointed by the decision, Raven and I spent a lot of time planning the event along with the team from O'Reilly. Despite this disappointment I'm excited about the opportunity that the iPhone represents. There is a tremendous amount of opportunity in this space and I will continue to work with O'Reilly and Raven on future iPhone stuff. In the mean time you can continue to find me geeking out here and on Inside iPhone.

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Mac Dev Europe - Can't Wait

Oct 14, 2008 by Bill Dudney

The conference is finally public! I'm really excited, last European gig I did was for JAOO in 2006 back in my Java days. I'm really looking forward to being 'over the pond' again and esp pumped that I'll be talking iPhone and Cocoa.

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Core Animation has fork in it...

Jul 07, 2008 by Bill Dudney

I have a tech review pass over the chapter on the [REDACTED] chapter and an errata pass as well. That should all be simple stuff. The book also had a title change, now its Core Animation for OSX and iPhone. I'm really excited to be done, and very much looking forward to seeing it @ my local Borders :).

Also the iPhone book is in 'pub review' which means it will be hitting beta RSN, can't wait.

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WWDC Bound...

Jun 08, 2008 by Bill Dudney

I'm about to head to the airport. Here is hoping the SDK NDA is lifted as I can't wait to share some of the fun and cool stuff I've been working on. Watch this space...

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iPhone chapter in the bag...

May 29, 2008 by Bill Dudney

I have finally finished the iPhone chapter for the book. I've also taken an additional editing pass and finally gotten rid of all the parens at the end of ObjC method names. That was the single most pointed out flaw in the book (not sure if that is good or bad :). And finally I added a full section on CATiledLayer. I will post a blog entry about that shortly that has some of what I learned.

So, the book is getting very close to being done. If you are going to be at WWDC I'd love to meet face to face.

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Boulder CocoaHeads Tonight

Apr 08, 2008 by Bill Dudney

Tonight I'll be discussing Core Animation at the Trident Cafe with the fine folks @ the Boulder CocoaHeads. If you are in the area would be great to see you!

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Late Night Cocoa - CA Podcast Online

Mar 27, 2008 by Bill Dudney

Scotty of Late Night Cocoa podcast was kind enough to have me on. His interview of me is online here.

We talked about a ton of stuff but mostly Core Animation.

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He's dead Jim!

Mar 25, 2008 by Bill Dudney

Just checked in the last errata pass, last chapter, last verse. It's finito. I still have the iPhone chapter to do but i'm going to take a breather for a few days and get in some very nice spring skiing at Breck.

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Making Sausage er um a Book

Mar 25, 2008 by Bill Dudney

Making a book is always a huge undertaking. The reviewers really help make the book, helping the author notice where a faulty assumption is made or some such. I have been very fortunate to have a great set of reviewers for my Core Animation book. I wanted to say a special thanks though to Chris Adamson for really digging into the QuickTime capture layer code and helping me make the best example possible.

Thanks Chris!

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Mac Developer Round Table

Mar 17, 2008 by Bill Dudney

Scotty was kind enough to have me on the Mac Developer Roundtable tonight. If you are interested in WWDC or iPhone SDK please have a listen. It was tons of fun! Thanks again Scotty!

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New Beta Release

Mar 12, 2008 by Bill Dudney

Well on the way to being done a new beta of the book has just been pushed. Everyone who has bought the book (thanks, BTW!) you can grab an updated copy on your account page here. For everyone else you can grab a copy here.

I'm hard at work on the last chapter covering what is different in the newly announced SDK and the existing CA stuff on Leopard. Can't say more but you should check out the announcement.

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