From the Desktop Fishbowl in Australia:
Spent the afternoon at Apple's OS X Tech Talk. Highlights of the afternoon were:
- The Quartz Extreme demo. Transparent terminal window overlapping with a semi-transparent animated 3d demo, over a running QuickTime video. Composite that, inferior operating systems!
- The new zoom feature in Jaguar's accessibility panel. Sometimes the simple things are pretty impressive.
- The explanation of why Java 1.4 is delayed. Apparently, the current OS X Java GUI (both Swing and AWT draw themselves using as much of the native kit as they can get away with) is Carbon-based. They hit a speed-bump, so they've been busy rewriting everything in Cocoa.
- The American's silly pronounciation of ï¿½Jagwarï¿½, and the Australian server-guy's insistence on saying ï¿½authentificationï¿½
- The whole thing made me want to do a lot more Cocoa programming. I've done some hacking with it before, and it's way cool. After beating my head against Swing a few times, putting GUIs together in Cocoa was an absolute joy. I even have a grudging acceptance Objective-C
Very interesting (bold text mine). Java 1.4's going to rock on OSX, if they ever get the freakin' thing shipped... I guess the Java guys aren't "real artists."