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Sep 2, 2009, 08:50 AM
 
John Siracusa is my hero. What an article.
     
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Sep 2, 2009, 08:53 AM
 
Yeah, I love his writing. Much better than all of the lame quasi-scientific "shootout" articles out there
     
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Sep 2, 2009, 06:56 PM
 
23 pages! Holy *@#!
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Sep 2, 2009, 08:02 PM
 
Awesome article. I would pay to read his stuff.

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Sep 2, 2009, 08:46 PM
 
I've read every single one since DP2 and they never disappoint.

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Sep 3, 2009, 10:40 AM
 
For me, the best part of Apple coming out with a new OS version is when I get to read these in-depth reviews

Bertrand Serlet's 'State of the OS' - sessions at WWDC come in a close second, usually.
     
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Sep 3, 2009, 11:51 AM
 
Originally Posted by - - e r i k - - View Post
I've read every single one since DP2 and they never disappoint.
Same here.

Didn't they used to have a pop-up menu to jump back and forth between the sections, though? I can't seem to find it.
     
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Sep 3, 2009, 11:54 AM
 
I really enjoyed the article. Especially the discussion of GCD.
     
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Sep 3, 2009, 01:33 PM
 
Unless you are a developer, skip to page 16. Everything before that relates primarily to underlying technologies and how they are good for developers. Well written, yes. But way too technical for the layperson.
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Sep 3, 2009, 01:42 PM
 
Originally Posted by Mrjinglesusa View Post
Unless you are a developer, skip to page 16. Everything before that relates primarily to underlying technologies and how they are good for developers. Well written, yes. But way too technical for the layperson.
I disagree. I'm not a developer, but I found it very interesting nonetheless.

Most of the stuff he talked about, I could follow. Not the details, but still, enough to make me appreciate the wonderful OS architecture that Apple has created.

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Originally Posted by Mrjinglesusa View Post
Unless you are a developer, skip to page 16. Everything before that relates primarily to underlying technologies and how they are good for developers. Well written, yes. But way too technical for the layperson.
Speak for yourself.
     
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Sep 3, 2009, 03:27 PM
 
I'm not a developer but it was all interesting...even the stuff that was over my head.

Another Siracusa opus!
     
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Sep 3, 2009, 04:57 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
Speak for yourself.
Actually, I was. That post was just a mental note to myself.
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Sep 3, 2009, 05:09 PM
 
Yeah, beyond my rudimentary knowledge of Basic and Fortran77, I couldn't code to save my life but I actually enjoyed that section. I actually got the basic jist of blocks and what a powerful tool they are in different areas. The GCD section was cool.

That article rocked hard.
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Originally Posted by Mrjinglesusa View Post
Actually, I was. That post was just a mental note to myself.
Hah!
     
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Sep 3, 2009, 06:30 PM
 
It was a little technical for the non-programmer. He could have geared it more towards that audience. But, it was a fun read anyway, and even if you're not a programmer, if you're willing it read it through there's enough there to get the gist of what he's describing and appreciate what Apple has done "under the hood" at some level.

I love most of his articles, and this was an essential read for me.
     
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Sep 3, 2009, 06:36 PM
 
Not sure if everyone noticed, but at the end of the article, he posts links to all his previous reviews of each OS X version, including the DPs. Pretty cool to look back and see how far OS X has come. Reminded me of how awful OS X Public Beta was! Pinstripes? Really? LOL
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Sep 3, 2009, 06:42 PM
 
Originally Posted by Mrjinglesusa View Post
Reminded me of how awful OS X Public Beta was! Pinstripes? Really? LOL
But it looked sooooo cuuuuuute on my Rev A iMac.
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Sep 4, 2009, 01:37 AM
 
Good article, but I remember previous Siracusa articles being more approachable for the non-programmer. A lot was over my head this time.
     
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Sep 4, 2009, 07:43 AM
 
Originally Posted by Mrjinglesusa View Post
Not sure if everyone noticed, but at the end of the article, he posts links to all his previous reviews of each OS X version, including the DPs. Pretty cool to look back and see how far OS X has come. Reminded me of how awful OS X Public Beta was! Pinstripes? Really? LOL
Actually, it looked really great on the hardware of the day - the B&W smurfMac G3 and the G3 iMacs, along with the huge b&w CRT studio displays. All of these machines had pinstripes, and the OS looked gorgeous on them IMHO.

This hindsight, however, is exactly why Apple keeps (and keeps) subtly changing the interface.
     
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Sep 4, 2009, 08:21 AM
 
I finally understand what Grand Central does (page 12).

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Sep 4, 2009, 11:44 AM
 
It's surprising to me that this review had no section dedicated to metadata. Perhaps Siracusa is satisfied with it at this point.

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