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summer camp for Apple nerds

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I haven’t talked about my job much yet over here. By night, I’m an overweight running SUPERHERO! *cue theme song* But by day, I’m a mild-mannered user experience developer. Basically, I figure out how websites and mobile apps are supposed to work, and then I help build them.

I’ve spent the last year (off and on, thanks to various other work commitments that keep me busy) learning iOS development so I can become rich off my flashlight app help develop innovative products for our clients. I spent a week last fall in the woods outside of Atlanta at Big Nerd Ranch immersing myself in code and spending 14 hours a day in a computer lab (and the rest of my time either asleep or soaking in the in-room jacuzzi tub while reading trashy romance novels on my iPad; a girl needs her down time). And since then, I’ve copiously stolen time at the office and at home to devour tutorials, watch training videos, read textbook after textbook… all to further my knowledge of iOS development.

But to anyone developing software for Apple products, there is one conference to end all conferences – the annual Worldwide Developer Conference, or WWDC (“Dub dub” if you want to sound like a nerd trying to sound cool). Attending the conference is no small feat; even if you can afford the cost of a hotel room in and transportation to and from San Francisco, as well as the cost of the conference ticket itself (in the vicinity of $1600), odds are you won’t even get the chance to breathe on a ticket. This year, the 5,000 available tickets for developers (media and Apple-employed engineers also attend) sold out in under two minutes. Thankfully, two of my coworkers and I were able to attend without selling ourselves in the sex trade or making a deal with the devil (Steve Ballmer, in case you wondered), and we spent the last week soaking in all the amazing nerdery. Photographic evidence follows.

To say WWDC was one of the most amazing experiences of my life… might be overstating it a bit. I mean, I had an awesome wedding, and childbirth can’t be matched. But it was certainly incredible, and I treated the whole week as if it would be my only chance to go (because at the rate tickets sell, it very well might be). I learned so much, most of which I can’t talk about publicly until the new versions of iOS and OS X are released later this year. But it definitely made me feel like I’m on the right path, like I know more and have retained more than I thought I had, and like I can’t wait to get started on a project of my own. The future is now!

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