oreilly.comSafari Books Online.Conferences.


AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Mac DevCenter Content

by Derrick Story
Mac Newsletter for 02/06/2004

Dear Mac Reader,

If you've been following the TalkBacks on some of our articles lately, such as part one of the "WebKit" tandem, you know that there's been discussion about the type of content we're running on Mac DevCenter.

Some readers have complained that many of our articles are too basic and lack the depth that "O'Reilly content" should have. I think this is a good opportunity for me to review our objectives with this site so our readers, you, know what to expect.

I've always believed that the Mac community is different than others, such as Windows and open source. Most notably, Mac developers generally embrace the toys and the iApps just as much as the newbies. At the same time, many of the Mac power users are only a step away from developing their own tools and applications. I love this diversity.

On Mac DevCenter I try to shine a light on each of these facets. When I can, I like to alternate between "heavier" content, such as Cocoa programming, and features aimed at the general population, such as a browser review. In the News section I'm always on the lookout for developer stories to point to as well as updates about hardware, iApps, and general Mac computing.

You should also know that we're working on a new survey that we're going to offer in March to get direct feedback on how best to maintain this delicate balance. Along with letters directly to me, and comments in the TalkBacks, surveys are an excellent resource for keeping in touch with our readers.

Also, we're putting the finishing touches on the next edition of the "Mac Developer Journal," an electronic magazine designed specifically for developers and advanced users. You can check out a partial issue at:

Finally, I want you to know that you can submit article ideas directly to me by simply sending me a note with the idea. The more ideas I have to choose from, the move vibrant the site becomes.

We want to keep Mac DevCenter interesting, diverse, and free. You can help by contributing your thoughts and your articles. I think Mac people are the greatest. I want our site to reflect that.

Until next time,

Derrick Story
Mac DevCenter Editor

Featured Articles

Failing Miserably, If Not Inventively
A tale by Morbus of how Panther broke his automation and how, with a few days of disjointed searching, experimentation, and dreaming, he didn't fix the problem. Instead, we simply follow one man's obsession as he makes steadily more desperate attempts to scratch a bothersome itch.

First Look: OmniWeb 5 Beta
Omni Group's browser was one of the first alternatives to Internet Explorer for Mac OS X. Always admired for its beautiful interface, OmniWeb has at times suffered from lackluster performance. Everything seems to be coming together for version 5--innovation, beauty, and speed. Michael Brewer shares his impressions.

LaTeX: It's Not Just for Academia, Part 1
LaTeX is not a word processor. It's a document preparation system that produces typeset-quality output. LaTeX has as much, if not more, utility as commercial word processors. It's rock solid, has a long history of use, a large user base, and best of all, it's free. Kevin O'Malley covers the versions of LaTeX available for Mac OS X.

Smart File Sharing Between Macs and PCs
There are lots of ways to share files between Macs and PCs, and most of them are aggravating at best. Wei Meng Lee shows you a method that's much easier and cleaner than just about every other solution.

Sanitizing Mail on Panther Server
With Mac OS X Server 10.3, Apple has replaced Apple Mail Server with Postfix, which allows you to use common UNIX and open source tools to perform various tasks with your mail. One of these tools, Procmail, lets mail messages be processed with special "recipes," such as the Anomy Sanitizer. Here's how to set it up.

BYOB: Build Your Own Browser
WebKit is a fully functional set of web browsing components that developers can integrate into their Cocoa/Carbon applications. Andrew Anderson shows you how to get your hands dirty with this easy-to-use API.

Return to List of Mac Newsletters

Return to Mac DevCenter