June 23, 2003

California Dreamin'

I've been here in cold and windy SanFran for 3 days now (I got in saturday morning) and it's much like I remember. It's hard to imagine that I've been gone nearly two years, yet it's even stranger how quickly everything comes back. I notice signs that are new, I recall driving directions and shortcuts. The mind works in mysterious ways.

FWIW, my Netscape badge still works a-ok.

The keynote was entertaining, the Kool-Aid very tropical-punchy, and I'm enjoying my new iSight and cup full of Jamba Juice. I never thought I would live to see the day of a G5. Of course, it comes bundled with the typical outlandish claims from the fruit about price and performance. Sigh.

I've been playing with my work project in XCode and if you thought the old Project Builder was crash-happy, boy are you in for a treat. XCode not only crashes if you look at it funny, it crashes if you look at anything else funny. Heck, it crashes even if your eyes are closed. The other thing I noticed is that you get none of the cool features unless you convert your PB targets to native targets. If you don't, be prepared for nothing in the UI to update. Gee, thanks for telling us guys.

Congrats to Gramps and Jinglepants for Safari 1.0. Is it the "greatest web browser on any platform"? No. Is it pretty good given how long they've been working on it? Yes. Cut hyatt some slack, folks. I'll smack him around good and plenty this week when I see him.

As for webkit, I'm sure after seeing the demos many of you are going to set out to build the next great web browser. You will quickly find, however, that WebKit 1.0 isn't really meant for that. Just try to build a cookie manager or popup whitelist. Guess what, you can't. Some things are just not meant for this world. It is nice, thought, especially if you need a basic web browser in your cocoa app. It slips in very easily with almost no pain.

Oops, there goes XCode again. Crash.

Posted by pinkerton at June 23, 2003 10:39 PM