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Panther on Mac DevCenter

by Derrick Story
Mac Newsletter for 10/10/2003

Dear Mac Reader,

By now everyone knows that Panther will be released on Friday evening, October 24, at 8 p.m., PST.

As you may have guessed, we've been closely following the development of Mac OS X 10.3. In addition to pulling together content for our Mac conference, which begins on October 27 (just three days after the official release of Panther!), we have some terrific books and articles in the works that will help you become proficient with Mac OS X 10.3.

The first of these new pieces is from our resident Panther expert, James Duncan Davidson, titled, "Ten Things I Dig About Panther." James provides a list of what he considers to be some of Panther's most important features and explains why you might want to put them on your radar too.

Stay tuned for more Panther content on Mac DevCenter. And if you haven't taken a look at the sessions for our upcoming Mac OS X Conference, I suggest that you jump over there for a quick peek too.

Until next time,


Derrick Story
Mac DevCenter Editor

Featured Articles

Ten Things I Dig About Panther
Now that the release of Panther is officially announced, it's time to take a close look at its key features. O'Reilly author James Duncan Davidson shows you the aspects of Panther that he really digs.

The Double Life of Variables
The most basic duality that exists with variables is how the programmer sees them in a totally different way than the computer. When you're typing away in Project Builder, your variables are normal words smashed together, like software titles from the 80s. But when the machine compiles your code, however, it does a little bit of translation. At run time , the computer sees nothing but 1s and 0s. Seth Roby introduces you to this double life of variables.

Fast Picture Previews
Many photographers like to peek at their digital photos before uploading them into their digital shoebox. If that appeals to you, here's an easy to use procedure to preview and sort in the Mac Finder -- even while the pictures are still on the memory card!

Ant and AppleScript
Tools from the AppleScript and Java communities can help each other create new things. For example, programmers can use Ant to help develop AppleScripts, and AppleScript can help produce Java applications. David Miller shows you how to make it all stick together.

What's on Your Dock?
A peek into the heads of writers, bloggers, designers, movers, and yes, even shakers, on a quest to find out something crucial about their personalities; their quirks and habits; to delve into their very souls. Yes, you guessed it. We are going to look at their Docks.

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