With 33% of the year behind us (at least in Australia so far), it’s inadvertantly become the first part of Conference Season.
Over the next month and a bit, there’s two big ones I’ll be attending (and rightfully looking forward to).
First off, there’s One More Thing on May 24. For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s a conference aimed at the stories behind independent developers on iOS, rather than the technical aspects of the platform.
It’s always great hearing those stories - and being able to help refuel one’s own sense of passion with one’s own projects - which for me has come at the right time, post release of Pocket Dogfights in particular.
After that, it’s a short break, before a trip to the US for Apple’s own WWDC. I was shocked at successfully being able to get a ticket this time round. I’ve previously been in 2009, right as I was starting out with doing iOS development - in fact it was during that trip that the earliest parts of Eventbook were originally put together ;)
As a counterpoint to the developer stories & passions behind OMT, WWDC is purely about getting access to the latest technologies on both the Macintosh & iOS platforms. Whilst I’ve been more focused on the latter, I’m tending to look back to the Mac at least regarding a potential project I’m looking at.
Besides being connected to the metaphorical firehose, it’s also a chance to catch up with friends both in & outside of the development scene, as well as take a small break (being the first time in quite a while I’ve had the space to organise a real trip anywhere).
Certainly looking forward to all of it - and hopefully I’ll be inspired for some new projects afterwards. It does however mean that any further update work to PD might be delayed - as I’d like to have some questions for the labs come WWDC time :)