is the annual gathering of Mac developers, coordinated by developers, that descends each year on Dearborn, Mi. It’s a round-the-click geekfest that runs for three days in June. The event’s coordinators have unveiled this year’s planned list technical sessions and papers.
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This list isn’t complete, according to MacHack’s coordinators — more will be added as June draws near. Openings for speakers are still available, too, so if you want to be a part of this, make sure to visit the MacHack Web site for details.
Technical sessions planned for MacHack 2003 include:
Birds of a Feather: Contracting
Birds of a Feather: Selling Shareware
BSD Security on Mac OS X
C++ for Yoots!
Do’s and Don’ts of Shareware
Everything You Wanted To Know About PDF, But Were Afraid To Ask
Hacking the Press
Patching with Unsanity Application Enhancer
ROBOLAB: LEGO Mindstorms for Schools (and Macs!)
Sherlock 3 Channels
Using GPGME.framework to add public key cryptography features to your application
The MacHack Papers Competition encourages developers to submit academic-style papers for presentation at the event. MacHack’s coordinators say that the competition’s roots are lost in antiquity, although it can be apparently be tracked back to MacHack’s origins as a University of Michigan-associated event. These papers made this year’s cut:
Hacking PalmOS 5 by Jesse Donaldson
How to Hack Mac OS X by Jonathan ‘Wolf’ Rentzsch
Integrating a Virtual File System with Mac OS X by Andrew S. Downs
LAMP (LAMP Ain’t Mac POSIX) by Joshua Juran
Risks in Using Commercial Wireless Networks by Dennis Luxen
Signing Executables in Mac OS X by Miro Jurisic
Systematic Error Handling and Exception Safety in Mixed C++/Objective-C by Mac Murrett and Andrew Pontious
Competitive papers are to be presented as part of the conference program, and attendees vote on the best of the presentations. The winner gets the coveted MacHack 2003 Papers Prize Package.
Conference registration costs $500 — a $50 discount until mid-April. That gets you access to all events, three meals and the conference banquet. More details are available at the MacHack Web site.