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Thu 27 Feb 2003
Are developers coming back to the Mac in droves?
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Back in the Amelio days, you're always reading about how developers are leaving the Mac platform like rats from a sinking ship. How about the reverse - when developers come back in droves? That somehow doesn't seem equally newsworthy. But the signs are there.
James Duncan Davidson reports on the audience interest after his talk at the Austin, Texas, Lone Star Software Symposium :
"The using Mac OS X talk went over well - it always does and I have so much fun when I give this talk. I had a good share of the total attendance of the symposium, people asked great questions, and the crowd left visibly more enthusiastic about the Mac as a platform than they were when they walked in.
"The subjects that really caught everybody's attention were Rendezvous and Cocoa. Programmers that grew up with Java and Windows development tools always drop their jaw when you show them the quick and efficient Interface Builder style of development. And they always ask the questions that I asked when I first played with IB: "Why hasn't any Java IDE or toolkit done the same kind of thing? Why wasn't Swing designed so that it would complement being developed using such a tool? Especially given that the concepts have been around for so long!""
Why, indeed? But the smart ones won't wait. Look for gems at Version Tracker (and laugh at the duds at Perversion Tracker).
Developer interest drives innovation and makes the platform as useful as it's ever going to be. This is a good thing.