The Xojo Developers Conference (XDC) is just around the corner. In less than two weeks Xojo developers from around the world will gather in Miami to talk Xojo for three full days. The speakers have sent in their slides and gotten feedback from Xojo and flight and hotel reservations made.
This is my favorite part of the year! Really. BKeeney Software has been around for nearly 18 years and in that time I’ve gone to many Xojo Developers Conferences including those sponsored by Xojo, sponsored by Monkeybread Software, and even held a few I helped host with the defunct Xojo developers user group.
Many of the developers that attend are my friends. Many more are colleagues, and competitors. Some are current and old clients. Some of those clients I met at XDC looking for developers for their project since there will be no greater concentration of Xojo developers on the planet!
You’d think that with as many developers conferences under my belt there would be nothing new to learn. I disagree since Xojo is always morphing into the next phase of its existence. When I started, 68k Mac apps were transitioning to PowerPC. They added Windows and Linux targets. They added Cocoa for MacOS, 64-bit builds for Mac, Windows, and Linux, the ability to create web applications, Raspberry Pi apps, and mobile applications for iOS.
I expect this year we’ll learn a lot more about Xojo for Android which will be a significant new target and make iOS that much more relevant with Xojo. We’ll learn about InterOps that aims to make adding libraries much easier for iOS, MacOS, and Android. And I’m sure we’ll see a lot about Web 2.0 that will make Xojo web applications more powerful and more robust.
At the end of the week, it’s always sad to go home. The bonds you make while sitting across the table from someone at a meal, or over drinks at the end of the day, is something that you can’t get in the forums, email, or via videos from the conference. Don’t get me wrong, the Xojo forum is one of the friendliest developers places I’ve ever experienced, but there is something truly powerful about chatting with people and being able to read their body language and talk about their developer experiences that far outweighs the convenience of the electronic venues.
If you have the means I highly recommend making it to XDC. It’s well worth it. You’ll get to meet some awesome people, learn a bunch of new things, probably see some alpha or beta of new features, and overall have a good time with your extended Xojo family.
If you’re going and we haven’t formally met, please feel free to stop me and introduce yourself. Remind me how you came to find me and what products, if any, you use. Tell me what features you like, or don’t like. Just say hi and then go talk to the many other Xojo developers there – you might just find friends for life.
Of course I’ll blog about the keynote and the cool new things that I see at the conference. See you in Miami!