He’s a great guy and has been an active part in the Mac and iOS community for a long time! Hint he’s really like 83 years old! But you’d never guess it looking at him, he’s ageless ;)
Q: How long have you been doing iOS development?
A: About 30 years. Started on an Apple II Plus. Of course, we didn’t have Core Animation in those days. Or lower-case letters. And it wasn’t a phone. And it wasn’t actually iOS. But still, I felt like saying I’ve been doing this for 30 years.
The first time I ever used a computer with a touchscreen was even longer ago — our class took a field trip to see the Plato system at the University of Delaware. (I grew up about three miles away, a Fightin’ Blue Hen fan.) I’ve been waiting for the future ever since then — I’m so glad it’s finally here.
AWESOME! Though I still want my damn flying car!!
Q: What do you like most about being an iOS developer?
A: Mostly it’s the espresso.
It IS good isn’t it!
Q: What’s your favorite Game?
A: Seeing how little sleep I can get and still function effectively.
Current high score?
Q: What’s your favorite App?
I love OmniFocus, though the price point is a bit steep :( but I can’t argue they make awesome apps!
Q: Robots or Ninjas?
A: Robots make better drinking buddies. “Hey Robbie — want another beer?”
Ninjas — you can’t ever find ‘em when it’s time to go out.
Or when the bill comes.
Q: What would you change about the iOS platform if you could change just one thing?
A: All the stuff with code-signing and provisioning profiles and limited number of slots and AdHoc builds and certificates and all that — it’s a huge pain, a waste of time when I could be writing code.
Yeah I don’t have a better idea but there must be one! The current method is terrible. I really hope Apple is working on this internally, and will pull an Apple soon and wow us with a better way of doing things!
I know it’s not realistic to get rid of all that. But I still would if I could.
Q: What are you most excited about 360|iDev Austin?
A: That it’s in Austin is very cool. I’ve been once before, for SXSW, and had a great time.
But mainly I’m looking forward to seeing the people — meeting new folks, seeing old friends. And then of course there’s a great speaker line-up, so I expect to learn a bunch of stuff I can use.
w00t!! Yeah I’m excited to be in Austin, i think it’ll be a great time! Can’t wait to meet my future new friends in the iOS community.
Q: Lastly, what would you tell someone on the fence about attending 360|iDev Austin?
A: It’s the year 2010. There’s no more time for fence-sitting. Those days are over. Make the call, imaginary person. (And, by the way, the correct call is to go there, because it will be awesome.)
Indeed it will!! There’s really no reason to fence sit! Go register right now!!