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Crackpot WWDC 2019 Wishlist

Crackpot WWDC 2019 Wishlist

The last Apple event I speculated about was WWDC 2016, and my wishlist focused mainly on services, the web and open source. There’s a good chance that services and the web will actually be a focus at WWDC 2019 with Apple putting an emphasis on services as their growing revenue segment. However, I’m looking forward to maybe the Mac being the star.

The possible unveiling of the long rumored Mac Pro successor and seeing what a more polished Marzipan will look like has me more excited about an Apple event than I have been in a while.

Six Word Stories

Developers tend to start with a very simple “Hello, World” Program to make sure their development environment is wired up correctly. If you cannot get this simple example program to run, something is wrong.

But after that program runs, I always seem to start with the same project when I’m trying out any new language or web framework: Six Word Stories. It’s a simple application that covers a lot of basics such as database relationships, authorization, and familiar UI concepts.

I haven’t started a new version of this project in a while though, so I started thinking, “what would a 2019 version look like?” Would I use Elixir and Phoenix, try porting an old Express.js version to TypeScript, or would it be a serverless application?

Published Nonsense

Through all the incarnations of this blog, I’ve never settled on something that would give me the structure to write more. No single niche that I wanted to explore and write about in depth.

In most endeavours, I thrive in the constraints. However, now I think the best thing to do is embrace the lack of focus and make the constraint: “just write.”

Changing Interactions on the Apple Watch

Changing Interactions on the Apple Watch

The digital crown is one of the defining features of the Apple Watch; however, it’s underutilized as just a scroll wheel for the screen and picker controls. The limited functionality of the digital crown has made to the touch screen the primary way users interact with the device.

Firewatch

Firewatch

This weekend I played through Firewatch by Campo Santo. It is a visual stunning indie game that features some compelling dialogue, and while I enjoyed the story, I felt it was a lackluster game to play.