Close Encounter With a Mac

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will start on Monday and it brings me back the memory of my first encounter with the Mac:

In the spring of 1999 we finished a version of Netbeans for Mac. My Netbeans team worked on it with some friends from Apple and they invited me to present the IDE at their upcoming “meeting with developers”. I did know what to expect and so a few days later I showed up at the conference center in San Jose. To my surprise there were 2500 people in the audience. It was actually the second WWDC – a small event from today’s perspective.

My presentation was part of Java keynote and was supposed to build a small Java app in front of the audience. I never used Mac before and so I was struggling a bit with a single button mouse and the UI of an iMac. Fortunately everything worked, Netbeans did not crash but I guess I was the only presenter at the WWDC keynote ever who had never used Mac before…

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