Hints of RSS at WWDC 2006

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Apple released more details about its upcoming WWDC this summer.  Interesting sessions include:

  • Casting with the .Mac SDK – Would you like your customers to share data from your application without having to worry about networking, servers, permissions, latency, dropouts, or bandwidth? Come see how the .Mac SDK lets you "cast" in four simple method calls and learn other tips and tricks as well.
  • Podcasting Solutions for IT – Podcasting can be extremely useful for Information Technology professionals looking to serve and archive self-paced content of all sorts. Come discover some of the custom and turn-key solutions in use today and see how they can be easily incorporated into existing server configurations.
  • WebObjects and Web 2.0 – WebObjects provides the perfect foundation to build powerful Web 2.0 applications. You’ll learn the latest techniques for integrating AJAX, Syndication, and other Web 2.0 technologies into your WebObjects applications.

After the keynote, I wouldn’t be surprised to see other sessions appear that expand on this list.

3 Responses to Hints of RSS at WWDC 2006

  1. viperteq says:

    I apologize for leaving this post on your blog. Unfortunately, I find no other way of getting into contact or emailing someone at Adobe about my following concern. Furthermore, I am stating for the record that I am aware that you sir are not connected to or working on the team for the product that I am about to inquire about. So let this begin:Adobe Labs released the third Beta today of Flex Builder 2. There were a lot of changes as well as a lot of additions to the software. Chief among the missing things yet again was a beta of Flex Builder that can be run on Mac OS X natively. Now I understand that a lot of hard work goes into developing software for one particular platform. When developing for two or more, that work often doubles or triples. Software engineering is by no means an easy feat. There are plenty of us that think that all you do is write a few lines of code and !voila!, new software. I do understand however, that it just doesn’t work like this. However, I also get the distinct feeling that Mac users are somehow getting the shaft in some way. Sure, Adobe did release the beta for Lightroom and even went so far as to release a second beta, but that is all that’s been done. And yes, I do understand that Lightroom is only functioning on the Mac, but I’m quite sure that there are a lot of Windows users that would love to test out the software just as there are a bunch of us Mac users that would love to test Flex Builder 2.I also understand the argument that if I really wanted to test Flex Builder 2, all I had to do was purchase a new Intel based iMac and that I could run Windows on dual-boot via Bootcamp, thereby giving me the means to test the software. The problem with this is that as much as I’d like a new iMac or a MacBook Pro, I just can’t afford one right now. I’m barely getting by on the G4 iMac that I’m currently using. No, in order to really test Flex Builder 2, Mac users need a fully native Universal version of the app.Now given the fact that Adobe is on the third beta of this application with still no installation options for the Mac platform, I think it’s going to be very hard for Adobe to convince the hundreds of thousands of Mac users that use Adobe software to create RIA’s for the web, to purchase Flex Builder 2 when it finally does become commercially available. I know that I’m just one user, but I can tell you that I am already starting to feel as if Adobe has stopped caring about the Apple market. I feel as if the only reason that Lightroom became available as a Mac-only beta at all was because Apple was releasing a similar product at the time. Adobe has been able to receive a lot of feedback for the thousands of developers that work on the Windows platform concerning changes that could be made to Flex Builder 2. Why haven’t developers who work under the Mac platform been given that same opportunity? I think that it’s really un-fair and rather unfortunate that we are being left out in the cold like this.Again, I must reiterate that I fully understand that you are NOT a part of Flex Builder 2 team. But, maybe, just maybe, you could get this into the hands of the right person that might be able to offer some words as to why Mac users have still not been given a chance to test out what could be a great piece of software. Thank you for your time and understanding.Khalif

  2. Rosyna says:

    WebObjects isn’t dead…? Or is it making some magical attempt at life?

  3. JulesLt says:

    Khalif – I believe the difficulty is that while Flex Builder is mostly built on Eclipse, and therefore Java, parts of it – i.e. the GUI builder – are a Windows specific plug-in.To be honest – once you get going, you will barely need the ‘design’ view. In our experience, even MXML doesn’t get heavy use. The most important thing is AS3 and the Flex framework, not the Flex builder. You can get a long way using vi and the terminal!Search around the web and you will find plenty of people getting going building Flex apps on OS X using XCode / Ant, or Eclipse itself – there is even an AS3 bundle for TextMate.