June 2008

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Recently, I presented this site at the Madison (WI) Drupal meetup and promised to put in writing my comments on its design, as well as post the code for the theme that I used. Read on if you are interested in the details of how I built this site.

WWDC 2008

I am now back home in Wisconsin after attending the 2008 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. As a first-time attendee, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this ended up being a great experience. From the things I learned, to the people I met, I consider it well worth the price of admission.

Read on for my full impressions of the conference.

I am about to head out to Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. This is my first trip out there and I look forward to filling in the holes in my Cocoa understanding with the sessions, as well as working with Apple engineers to resolve some nagging issues with programs I'm maintaining.

On top of the developer training and interaction, I will have a chance to show off some of the hardware and software design behind SonoPlot's Microplotter robotic fluid handlers (what I do during the day). The control elements of these systems are designed around Apple computers, specifically the Mac Mini and iMac, they use Firewire for video capture from attached CCD cameras that track the dispensing head on the robot, and all control software is written in Cocoa (Leopard-only, due to some specific features used in the implementation). For those in attendance who read this before then, the session is from 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM on Wednesday, June 11. Please do stop on by to chat if you are interested.