This week, after coming back from WWDC, is shaping up to be the week where I change everything I do because of WWDC. Both Brian and I came away from the sessions and talking to people inspired to do new things. All the little things we thought were important no longer are. It’s not only all the new features and APIs announced that’s inspiring this change, but also hearing from other developers about what they’re working on. I feel a lot more connected with them now.
WWDC is the one time a year that that happens. There are other conferences, but none are as big and focused on Apple platforms as this one, so this is where I feel like we’re all united and synchronized with each other.
It’s a bit hard to capture this fleeting feeling and all the ideas we’ve been generating last week. I’m scrubbing our issue tracker databases to put a bunch of things that aren’t important anymore on hold, while writing down new specifications and issues to turn these ideas into concrete “next steps.”
I’m also keeping in touch via iChat with people I met at WWDC more than before, which is easier for me since in person, I’m not able to think of witty or relevant things to say or ask, but with iChat I can just ask them when I think of them hours later.
Ultimately, though, all these new ideas and the new direction means several weeks of heads-down work which we do individually, without distractions and without too many new ideas. I like this contrast since I do like making things, getting into a flow state, and that feeling of being productive where you can just crank things out.