Would you please take this interchange off the air? There is such a thing as private email. My inbox is choked with this stuff which is, in my opinion, off topic.
On Apr 25, 2012, at 5:56 PM, Wade Tregaskis wrote:
>> I filed a bug report under "other" asking them to increase the numbers of
>> attendees at future WWDC.
> I thought this for a long time, but then came to the realisation that what's really valuable about WWDC just doesn't scale: access to Apple engineers.
> This wasn't always the case. The WWDC presentations used to be jealously guarded treasures. Now they're much more readily available. There's still some benefit to actually attending - you'll be able to access sessions from the conference indefinitely, rather than only for a year or two afterwards - and there are networking aspects and 3rd party events etc. But I think these pale in comparison to the exclusive utility of Apple engineer access.
> I'd even go so far as to say that today, if you're not spending most of your time in the labs or otherwise hunting down people to address specific issues, you're detracting from the common good (in the sense that there's a lot of others out there who missed out on WWDC tickets who would be doing just that, in your place).
> Likewise for people that walk into the labs and say things like "So I just opened Xcode for the first time - how's it work?". As an Apple engineer working the labs a couple of years, I have to admit I really dreaded that level of question, on so many levels. I couldn't fathom how someone could throw down thousands of dollars to attend a conference yet not be enough into development to actually use and know a bit about the tools involved. Treating the developer labs like CS 101 is the most expensive class you'll ever pay for.
> Keep in mind that if you sufficiently impress an Apple engineer, whether by being generally clever / entertaining / generous / interesting - all largely functions of the type of problem you go to them with - then some will be willing to give you their direct contact details, and you can follow up with them after the conference. Maybe even on other issues, and some time later. And they can use that time to really dig into your issue, back in their office, and give you a precise answer you just can't get in a face-to-face meeting.
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