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June 12th, 2007

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07:21 am - WWDC, Day 1
If you thought the keynote was boring, spare a thought for the Japanese guy sitting beside me who fell asleep at least four times.

Regarding Leopard, I'm happy about everything they announced. There's not a lot that's hugely new since WWDC '06, though, so it seems the hype machine overtook the engineering reality last year when Jobs talked about the "secret features".

Regarding the iPhone, I don't think I've ever been so ticked off at the Apple spin machine before. It's not because there's no SDK - I think everyone here would recognise the challenge that Apple has on their hands just to get the device out the door. If they had simply said "we're working real hard on it and hope to have something for you soon", that would have been fine.

I thought the ridiculous sight of senior Apple people trying to convince this highly technical crowd that the 3rd party development platform is a web site (albeit with some custom URL scheme handlers built into the iPhone apps) was just embarrassing. We know that's not what we're asking for in an SDK. They know that's not what we're asking for in an SDK, and the spin was just toe-curling.

So the iPhone SDK is CSS and some official artwork to match the iPhone UI? Come on.

Safari for Windows is clearly tied into the "iPhone SDK" spin, but Firefox should be worried. They showed some stunning enhancements to Safari for web development that blow away the Firefox plugins.

The rest is secret. Including the lasers and the ninjas.

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Date:June 12th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
I've had a go at enabling the Web Inspector from WebKit nightlies on Safari for Windows, with no joy. (I did find out how to enable the debug menu but the equivalent plist hacking didn't seem to work out for the inspector.) I'd be amazed if anything Apple can put out is that much better than Firebug (you have seen that, right?), but if it is, I'll find it very handy.
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Date:June 21st, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
Ah, did you mean the new web inspector? It does look like it might be better than Firebug. (Sorry about replying to myself.)
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Date:June 21st, 2007 08:48 am (UTC)
Ah, yeah, that's what I was talking about. I forgot that they said it wasn't in the 3.0 release but would be in a nightly.
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Date:June 12th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
I haven't played with Safari too much but I'm hearing some pretty negative things from friends regarding performance and features. All in all I use Firefox on Windows because I far prefer how it handles RSS feeds and the plugins available that I find valuable. Apple will have to do a fair bit of work before I'd consider replacing my Windows browser.

As for the iPhone thing, yeah....grr...I can't believe they'd want developers to set up a site to put out some apps. The funny thing is Trillian Astra has some heavy server/web based stuff so I'd be willing to bet that they'll put out an iPhone web app pretty quickly.

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