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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!



Comments:

Way to go Bill. Amazing news. A big hearty congratulations, couldn't be a better person for the job.

Posted by Paul Warren on January 25, 2010 at 10:57 AM MST #

Wow, congratulations, Bill, that's really exciting! So are you and the fam moving to Cupertino?

BTW, I'll be out there teaching an iPhone class the 20th through the 26th right around the corner so maybe we can do lunch at BJ's or something. :-)

- Jonathan

Posted by Jonathan Lehr on January 25, 2010 at 10:57 AM MST #

Congrats man, Apple needs you! Sounds like it will be great fun....

Cheers,

Kev

Posted by Kevin Wittkopf on January 25, 2010 at 10:57 AM MST #

Congratulations! Have Fun!

Christian

Posted by Christian on January 25, 2010 at 10:57 AM MST #

Bill:

Great news! Thanks for all you've done for Mac developers and that I'm sure you will be doing in the future. Your book has been a great help to my son who is 12 and has an app called MathTime on the store. It's been indispensable for him as he has taught himself Objective-C and the iPhone SDK and has gotten him excited to start even more ambitious projects.

Posted by John Voorhees on January 25, 2010 at 11:06 AM MST #

Fantastic news, Bill, and a great fit! Best of luck in the move with the family. Ski while you can, my friend.

Posted by Raven Zachary on January 25, 2010 at 11:06 AM MST #

Dude, that's such awesome news!

Congrats!

So leaving the mountains?

Can't wait to hear how much fun you're having. Apple is lucky to have you on the inside!

Posted by John Wilker on January 25, 2010 at 11:06 AM MST #

Congratulations, Bill! That's great news! But we'll miss you here in CO.

Posted by Dave Batton on January 25, 2010 at 11:10 AM MST #

Congrats! It'll be a great fit; basically making official what you've been doing for the community.

Posted by Don Mowry on January 25, 2010 at 11:17 AM MST #

Congratulation. As you mentioned, working for Apple at least once is am sure what most of us would like. It doesn't have to be now, as far as I'm concerned ;) and I can't pretend having your qualifications, but the job you're about to do is really something I'd also love to do. Enjoy the ride in the loop!

Posted by StuFF mc on January 25, 2010 at 11:17 AM MST #

Congratulations! The class I took in December from you has been an immense help, and I can understand why Apple extended an offer to you. Good luck!

Posted by John Williams on January 25, 2010 at 12:21 PM MST #

Congratulations Bill! You definitely deserve it, and they're lucky to have you at Apple! :-)

Posted by Bill Weakley on January 25, 2010 at 12:21 PM MST #

Bill,

I totally guessed and was spreading the rumor this is what you had in your hands. Do I get an iPhone as a prize for making the right guess? <grin>

Congratulations. I hope this _doesn't_ mean you are moving to CA, but I fear it does.

Feed us all the iSlate and iPhone 4.0 news you can before you get locked down by the man in what you can say!

Best wishes,
-Matthew

Posted by Matthew McCullough on January 25, 2010 at 12:21 PM MST #

Bill -

Congrats Bill! I met you at the 360iDev conference and own a few of your books. Going off that I'll bet you bring a lot to us all through Apple. They are lucky to have you.

Congrats and have a lot of fun with it!
-Andy

Posted by Andy Peters on January 25, 2010 at 12:21 PM MST #

Wow, great news Bill. Congratulations!
Did Apple made an offer for you? Or it was you who made a first step?

Posted by Roman Busyghin on January 25, 2010 at 12:21 PM MST #

Congratulations! The indie life is exciting, but of course working at Apple is, as well :)

Posted by Daniel Jalkut on January 25, 2010 at 12:21 PM MST #

Awesome, really excited to see you in this role, they couldn't have picked a better person! Good luck!

Posted by Alexander Griekspoor on January 25, 2010 at 12:21 PM MST #

That's great news, Bill! I can't think of any job other than one at Apple HQ that would be good enough for you to give up a good living as an indie dev in the mountains of CO! ;)

Does this change affect your instructor roles with Pragmatic Studios? Will you still be able teach the iPhone class in Reston?

Posted by Jay Thrash on January 25, 2010 at 12:21 PM MST #

Congratulations! Great job, great fit. Very cool.

Posted by Brent Simmons on January 25, 2010 at 12:21 PM MST #

Congratulations! This seem to be a natural fit for you. Wonderful opportunity! Guess this means less Colorado FLL for you next season?! Congratulations again at your team making state this year. (wish I hadn't missed seeing you there :) Good luck in this next chapter of your life!

Posted by Stephen Moraco on January 25, 2010 at 02:41 PM MST #

Congratulations, Bill.

-jcr

Posted by John C. Randolph on January 25, 2010 at 03:28 PM MST #

Congrats! They couldn't have picked a better guy. I just hope this doesn't mean you'll be too cool to stop by NSCoder next time you are in LA ;)

Posted by Jonathan Badeen on January 25, 2010 at 03:28 PM MST #

A huge congratulations! You'll make a great evangalist.

Posted by Pete Callaway on January 25, 2010 at 03:28 PM MST #

Congrats Bill!!! You earned it!!

Posted by Carl Sturmer on January 26, 2010 at 05:32 AM MST #

Congrats! Great talking with you at the Thirsty Bear last year. Hope to see you at the next WWDC.

Posted by Luis de la Rosa on January 26, 2010 at 05:32 AM MST #

Awesome ! You arrived the olymp for mac devs.

Now that you have some thing to say, can you manage to make the WWDC Session videos a little cheaper for us small devs ?

Posted by Christian Schuster on January 26, 2010 at 01:11 PM MST #

Congratulations. I hope that you don't stop producing educational content. Either way best of luck!

Posted by Marc Charles on January 26, 2010 at 01:11 PM MST #

Congratulations, Bill! It sounds like a position that is a very good fit for you. Just remember to have fun. I hope you don't have to leave Colorado for the position.

Bruce

Posted by Bruce Snyder on January 26, 2010 at 01:11 PM MST #

Congratulations.

I just hope that you don't forget about your indie self and you do share have some inside stuff for us guys as well :wink: :kidding:

Have fun.

Posted by Achal Aggarwal on February 01, 2010 at 12:45 PM MST #

Congrats, Bill. Way to go!

David

Posted by David Moskowitz on February 01, 2010 at 12:45 PM MST #

Congratulations! Really enjoyed the book.

Posted by Brian Dunagan on February 01, 2010 at 12:45 PM MST #

Awesome Bill! Working for the man is fun, if you love what you do!

Inquiring Minds want to know... Leaving CO? Should I love you up when I'm on business to CO or SFO?

Posted by Nicholas Goodman on February 01, 2010 at 12:45 PM MST #

Sounds like a good position.. but cant agree much on the company being a great employer or be referenced as "The Man" .. its a one man dictatorship, is never referenced in the top companies to work for, and i know several folks who came back after working there for a couple of months with wretched stories of the sick company culture.

Posted by iPhone Developer on February 03, 2010 at 10:12 AM MST #

Congratulations Bill! Well deserved and a nice guy too.
Remember the little people as you ascent into the Mothership !

Posted by David on February 09, 2010 at 11:21 AM MST #

Congratulations Bill. You *really* deserve it. Don't forget us little people. ;-)

Posted by Lawrence Leach on February 09, 2010 at 11:21 AM MST #

Hi Bill,

From way up north in Canada, congratulations on your position at Apple ! :)

I have enjoyed your book, iPhone SDK devel since beta 1, I think. I still read it today, abnd consider the best one out there on the subject

Have fun!

Posted by Richard Dufresne on February 28, 2010 at 09:29 PM MST #

Happy to note that you are with Apple.

Your book is one of the best that I had ever read on the iPhone SDK. I am glad that I finally got a good book. Coupled with your screencasts - I am sure everyone can pickup the real iPhone programming the way Apple and NeXT wanted - I mean the 'proper' way.

Posted by Baskaran on June 08, 2010 at 06:16 AM MDT #

Apple is the last American company worth working at. You will not regret it.

Posted by Wakjob on October 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM MDT #

I'll be visiting 1 Infinite Loop next Friday for an interview. Hoping mine is successful too.

Posted by Scott McAlister on January 25, 2011 at 10:57 PM MST #

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