What’s a WWDC?

If you’re a Mac software developer or a die-hard fan, you probably know that WWDC is Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference. For developers, this is the place to go to suck in as much knowledge as we can in a five-day period. Apple hosts sessions to teach about development tools and related topics and they also give us labs to sit and talk to the people that designed the Apple’s systems. It’s geek nirvana!

It’s also a chance for developers, who are spread around the world, glued to their computers, and typically carry on conversations limited to 140 characters at a time, to actually sit face to face and have a real conversation. This is my first time to go, so I don’t know which I’m looking forward to more—the schooling or the socializing.

The Mac developer community is so giving and open and has helped me tremendously with my development of both Debt Quencher and MoneyWell. I’m not sure I’ve sold enough copies of both to pay for all the drinks I owe these guys, but I’ll do my best to pass around my gratitude. I’m more excited than my daughter if she were told that everything is now available in pink… and free. Just yesterday she asked if we could get a ping pong table… in pink… with pink paddles… and zebra striped balls. The girl scares me sometimes.

The only difficult part is continuing to run a microISV company while I’m MIA. My wife, Judy, is set to come on board full time to work with me at No Thirst Software, but that doesn’t happen until July 1, and I’ll be at the conference from June 7 through June 14. This means that my average one-hour response time for support will suffer a bit. It will be worth it, though, because what I learn at the conference should greatly accelerate our two pending MoneyWell projects (2.0 and iPhone versions), which means more software goodness for our customers.

Even if you’re not a geek, you should pay attention to Steve Job’s Keynote on Monday morning. What he announces may very well make you want to create a new expense bucket in MoneyWell.

Peace.

3 thoughts on “What’s a WWDC?

  1. Patrick

    Have fun at WWDC! I’m very envious of those going.

    If someone posts on the user forum, I’ll do my best to help them out while your learning the new magic.

  2. Melissa

    Hi Kevin-

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, and just wanted to send you some news about a great entrepreneurial opportunity I thought you’d be interested in and perhaps share with your audience.

    I want to make you aware of Everyday Edisons, a nationally televised PBS reality show that documents the product development process (from start to finish) of approximately 12-14 inventions and the parallel stories of the inventors who created the original idea.

    Everyday Edisons is holding one last casting call to select new product concepts for Season Three. Instead of visiting another city, this casting call will be hosted online through http://www.EdisonNation.com. At least one of the online submissions will be selected for the show. Participants can upload as many idea submissions as they like now through Monday, June 23.

    If selected, you will have your invention/new product concept commercialized by Everyday Edisons and enjoy a 20-year annuity on future product sales. The television show takes care of all expenses involved in bringing the product to market.

    Everyday Edisons is looking for inventions in all stages of the production and development process, from rough ideas to refined prototypes and manufactured products.

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    If you haven’t had a chance to catch an episode of Everyday Edisons on your local PBS affiliate, you can check out a clip or two on http://www.youtube.com by simply searching “Everyday Edisons.” There are several fun things to view, including a behind-the-scenes clip; interviews with our engineers and Season One inventors; a Season One series recap and product “commercials.”

    I just thought you and your readers would be interested in this opportunity. I hope you will encourage them to take advantage of it. Best of luck in all that you do!

    Melissa

  3. Annabelle

    Kevin I was very excited to read your blog. I really enjoy using Moneywell to manage my families finances. We’ve been using it for two months and its already helped us pay off our major credit cards. My husband and I are both avid iPhone users and we feel the only thing that would make Moneywell perfect for us would be if it was an application on the iPhone. We can’t wait for that to happen!

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