Thursday, June 16, 2011

Talk in Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) April 21, 2011 - Report

I realize this is a little late, but I figured that I should post my impressions anyway.   First I have to say I was honored when Mark Darymple invited me to come and talk at Cocoaheads in Pittsburgh.  I tend to give talks off of the cuff since I don't usually do well sticking to a script and that's what I did at this meeting and it worked fairly well.

The reception of GNUstep was very positive and the members of the group were eager to learn.  I got a lot of questions about the project including what we're planning to do with respect to an iOS compatibility layer and also what we're currently working on.   I also did get a lot of complaints about how GNUstep looks, in general.  I showed them the work that's being done on both Windows and GNOME to improve how GNUstep blends in with those environments using the new theming code.   They seemed very impressed by that as well as by Bean.

I did a basic demo of how Gorm works as well as PC and showed them pbxbuild building a Mac OS X project.  

Most of the members of the group knew about GNUstep, but didn't know it currently followed Cocoa and some had not followed it in a while since they assumed the project was no longer active.   This is one of the many reasons why I am trying to do this talks.  To make sure I spread the word that it is still out there and still kicking.

I sincerely thank the people of Cocoaheads, Pittsburgh for giving me the opportunity to come and talk.  It was a distinct pleasure meeting each and every one of you. :)