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13 August 2007 @ 2pm

C4[1] Wrap

Today marked the end of the C4[1] conference in downtown Chicago. The talks given Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday ranged from the hilarious, with Wil Shipley’s talk on hype and product releases, to the surprising, with the announcement of Nu, a Lisp implementation for Obj‑C, to the impressive, with an Iron Coder Live hack for the iPhone by the Aspeslagh brothers that supported two-way video chat over the AT&T network.

C4[1] had been in the works since Johnathan Rentzsch threw C4 (now known as C4[0]) in October 2006. C4[0] was a great success, filling a need for small conferences after the death of MacHack/ADHOC. When C4[1] was announced in April, and registration opened in May, I registered immediately.

C4[1] was a chance for me to meet the developers that I’ve followed via Twitter and RSS, the developers whose products I use day in and day out. But more than that, I got to talk to a large number of devs who haven’t yet made the jump to full-time independence. I asked them about what they were working on, what was holding them back, and where they saw themselves going in the near future. Many were at C4[1] for the same reason as me: they wanted to find out how other people had done it; they wanted to network with other developers; they wanted to learn what everyone else was working on.

C4[1] was worth the money I spent on it, although in hindsight (in the form of the hotel bill), I’d consider staying at the Chicago hostel in the Loop if I came again. I love to help underwrite the conference, but not as a college student who didn’t get a scholarship to come. In total, I spent about 1200 dollars to fly out, stay at Chicago City Centre hotel, and pay the $512 for the conference itself.

More valuable than anything I got from the talks was the motivation, inspiration, and impressiveness of knowing that other people have been here before me and been successful. I’m going to fit in Cocoa development whenever I can during this upcoming school year. I managed to hack through most of Hillegass’s book this past spring, but ran out of steam over the summer. This fall, I’m hoping to read Stephen Kochan’s Programming in Objective‑C and get more comfortable with the language.