The South Pacific Mac Developers’ Conference, sponsored by Apple reseller Renaissance, at the Albany Events Centre on August 24-25 is expecting up to 60 developers, more than double the 24 who went last year, according to a
Computerworld New Zealand
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Co-organizers Phillip Smith and Andrew Lindesay say part of the interest is people looking for alternatives to Microsoft and Unix. Conference speakers include Americans Travis Brown and Alan Samuel of Apple’s development research centre. Brown will speak on printing and Mac OS X, while Samuel will speak on Java and Mac OS X.
Smith, who owns an AppleScript development company called Applied Evolution that works mainly with prepress houses, will speak on AppleScript and RealBasic. Lindesay, of Lindesay Electric, who is a developer in Java and web development, will speak on Webobjects and Cocoa. Marcus Radich of Auckland-based AppleScript developers Digital Arena will speak on Mac OS X as a Unix-based web development platform.
Smith says Apple is gaining market share for the first time in years, according to Computerworld New Zealand. Apple division general manager Paul Johnston won’t reveal actual sales figures but says IDC puts its New Zealand market share at 4 percent and growing in the first quarter of 2002, the article notes. Apple notebooks took 7 percent of their market, Johnston told Computerworld New Zealand.