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O'Reilly at WWDC 2004

by Derrick Story

The Mac crew at O'Reilly has lots going on at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference. If you're attending the ultimate Mac bash in San Francisco, then you might want to make a mental note about the following O'Reilly-related offerings. Don't worry if you can't make it in person this year; we'll bring the highlights to you through our conference coverage.

O'Reilly will be coming across the Golden Gate Bridge to Apple's WWDC event.

O'Reilly Booth and Books

The O'Reilly booth is located in the Internet Cafe and will be fully stocked with the latest book titles including (but certainly not limited to):

  • Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell
  • Mac OS X Panther Hacks
  • Panther for Unix Geeks
  • BSD Hacks
  • Hardcore Java
  • Java 1.5 Developer Notebook

We'll be giving away the handy "Panther Quick Reference Keyboard Shortcuts" card with any book purchase.

O'Reilly-Hosted BoFs

Be sure to take a look at the O'Reilly-hosted Birds of a Feather sessions on Wednesday evening, June 30, at 7:30 p.m.

  • Home Automation with Mac OS X: Expand your digital life to your house -- controlling lights, temperature, music, and more -- all from your Mac. The discussion starts with the basics of controlling lighting and other physical objects and moves on to delivering true automation -- turning your home into a highly responsive environment that virtually anticipates your needs. Moderated by writer and ethnographer Gordon Meyer.

  • RSS, Web Services and Online Content in Cocoa Apps: This BoF discussion delves into recent developments in desktop applications that integrate with content and services on the Internet. Such applications include RSS readers, such as Shrook and NetNewsWire, and weblog editing tools, such as Ecto and Xjournal. Come get answers and share ideas about rich network client design and implementation. Moderated by Fraser Speirs, Developer, Xjournal.

  • In 2002, Steve Jobs put WWDC keynotes on the map with his "OS 9 is Dead" talk.

  • The Mac Community at is a web-based community for Java technology collaboration in applied areas of technology and vertical industry solutions, including Java projects related to education and research. Attend this BoF to discuss opportunities to increase Mac developer participation in this rich online community resource. Moderated by Daniel Steinberg, editor of

O'Reilly Apple Store Event

James Duncan Davidson, author of Running Mac OS X Panther and other O'Reilly books, will be speaking at the San Francisco Apple Store (18 Ellis St.) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday June 30.

Duncan will discuss the advantages of developing on the Mac platform and how he made the transition. He'll also touch on the development tools you'll need to get started, how to create Java applications for multiple platforms, and some tips for making your Java programs Mac-friendly. After his talk, Duncan be available for discussion and signing books.

Conference Coverage

We'll report on the Monday morning keynote address by Steve Jobs, important Apple announcements, Exhibit Fair standouts, Apple Design Awards winners, and much more -- right here on Mac DevCenter. So stay tuned.

We'll do our best to bring the highlights from San Francisco to you.

Derrick Story is the author of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The Digital Photography Companion, and Digital Photography Hacks, and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual, with David Pogue. You can follow him on Twitter or visit

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