TweetFollow Us on Twitter

The MacTech Spotlight: Andy Lee

Volume Number: 24 (2008)
Issue Number: 08
Column Tag: MacTech Spotlight

The MacTech Spotlight: Andy Lee

http://notesfromandy.com


What do you do?

I'm a Java programmer for Pando Networks in New York City. Pando is a peer-to-peer platform for commercial video streaming. We also have a consumer app for easy file sharing. You might guess that I work on our Mac application, but actually I don't; I work on back-end business logic and some database stuff. I do Cocoa programming in my spare time, often at a coffee shop or restaurant while waiting for my laundry.

How long have you been doing what you do?

I've been a programmer since 1978, when my uncle got me my first job, as a summer hire at Exxon R&D in New Jersey. I was a junior in high school. They challenged me to find a way to manipulate a cursor in two dimensions on the screen of an Apple II. I managed to write a primitive diagram editor, using two game paddles to move crosshairs. I wasn't smart enough to invent scrolling; I used the keyboard to paginate. And at the time I didn't understand what a file was, so I had no way to save documents.

What was your first computer:

My first computer was a Compaq portable, back when they had 9-inch monochrome screens and 5 1/4" floppies, and weighed thirty pounds. I think my first Mac was a Mac Plus, or maybe one of the 512 models. My first Cocoa development machine was a NeXT cube.

What is the advice you'd give to someone trying to get into this line of work today?

Assuming you've already got a technical background, I'd say read everything you can find by Joel Spolsky. Then read everything he tells you to read.

What's the coolest tech thing you've done using OS X?

That would be AppKiDo. Not because there's any rocket science in it. In fact, frankly, there's some dumb stuff in there. One thing I'm proud of is that it was the first app of its kind that was designed to navigate the APIs conceptually - for example, with a class browser, and with "quicklists" of logically related classes - instead of merely following the directory structure of the documentation. The most gratifying thing is when someone tells me my app helped them learn Cocoa, because I had beginners as well as experts squarely in mind when I designed it.

As proud as I am, I know the app is overdue for some improvements. I'm working on it.

Where can we see a sample of your work?

The binary and source for AppKiDo are at http://homepage.mac.com/aglee/downloads/appkido.html.

The next way I'm going to impact IT/OS X/the Mac universe is:

First I have to add the iPhone docs to AppKiDo. There's a whole new generation of beginners to help! Beyond that, my contributions to the Mac universe will come in the form of scratching my personal itches. I have ideas for the Mac equivalent of the Great American Novel, and a couple of Great American Short Stories. I haven't blogged about Cocoa per se, but there are a couple of topics I'd like to offer my take on, like retain-based memory management and the way it is typically explained. I'd like to be more helpful to the NYC CocoaHeads group; I always feel personally responsible when it takes us forever to figure out where we're going for burgers and beer.

I'd like to thank Hoshi Takanori for writing Cocoa Browser, which was tremendously useful to me in the early days, and I'd like to say that the Apple documentation team does a ton of great work that is often underappreciated.


If you or someone you know belongs in the MacTech Spotlight, let us know! Send details to editorial@mactech.com

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Parallels Desktop 13.3.0 - Run Windows a...
Parallels allows you to run Windows and Mac applications side by side. Choose your view to make Windows invisible while still using its applications, or keep the familiar Windows background and... Read more
Bookends 13.0.6 - Reference management a...
Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals. Bookends uses the cloud to sync reference libraries on all the Macs you use.... Read more
macOS 10.13.3 Supplemental Update 1.0 -...
macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. Version 1.0: Update fixes an issue where using certain character... Read more
Chromium 64.0.3282.167 - Fast and stable...
Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. Version 64.0.3282.167: [806388] High CVE-2018-6056:... Read more
Chromium 64.0.3282.167 - Fast and stable...
Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. Version 64.0.3282.167: [806388] High CVE-2018-6056:... Read more
Parallels Desktop 13.3.0 - Run Windows a...
Parallels allows you to run Windows and Mac applications side by side. Choose your view to make Windows invisible while still using its applications, or keep the familiar Windows background and... Read more
Bookends 13.0.6 - Reference management a...
Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals. Bookends uses the cloud to sync reference libraries on all the Macs you use.... Read more
macOS 10.13.3 Supplemental Update 1.0 -...
macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. Version 1.0: Update fixes an issue where using certain character... Read more
ffWorks 1.0.6 - Convert multimedia files...
ffWorks (was iFFmpeg), focused on simplicity, brings a fresh approach to the use of FFmpeg, allowing you to create ultra-high-quality movies without the need to write a single line of code on the... Read more
Adobe Acrobat 18.011.20035 - Powerful PD...
Acrobat DC is available only as a part of Adobe Creative Cloud, and can only be installed and/or updated through Adobe's Creative Cloud app. Adobe Acrobat DC with Adobe Document Cloud services is... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Alto's Odyssey (Games)
Alto's Odyssey 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: Just beyond the horizon sits a majestic desert, vast and unexplored. Join Alto and his friends and set off on an endless... | Read more »
Check out these 5 games that are a lot l...
So you're in love with Minecraft, but you're looking for something else to play as well? You've come to the right place then, because this list is all about games that are a bit like Minecraft. Some of them, more than others. [Read more] | Read more »
Our top 5 characters from casual RPG Cre...
Creature Quest definitely lives up to its name with a host of collectible creatures based on fantasy tales and world mythologies. To celebrate Creature Quest’s first birthday, we’re going to lay out what we think are the five best characters in the... | Read more »
Around the Empire: What have you missed...
Did you know that Steel Media has a whole swathe of other sites dedicated to all aspects of mobile gaming? Sure you'll get the very best iPhone news, reviews, and opinions right here at 148Apps, but we don't want you missing out on a single piece... | Read more »
All the best games on sale for iPhone an...
Oh hi there, and welcome to our round-up of the best games that are currently on sale for iPhone and iPad. You thought I didn't see you there, did you, skulking behind the bushes? Trust me though, the bushes aren't where the best deals are. The... | Read more »
The Battle of Polytopia Guide - How to H...
A new update just released for The Battle of Polytopia (formerly Super Tribes), which introduces online multiplayer. For all the fans of Midjiwan’s lite take on Civilization, this is certainly welcome news, but playing online isn’t as easy and... | Read more »
Here are the very best mobile games to p...
It's Valentine's Day! Did you get loads of cards and chocolates and other tacky, simple expressions of human affection? Did you send out tat because you find it almost impossible to express emotion unless there's a section dedicated to it at your... | Read more »
Florence (Games)
Florence 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Florence is an interactive storybook from the award-winning lead designer of Monument Valley about the heart-racing highs and... | Read more »
Purrfect Date (Games)
Purrfect Date 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Cats are a lil’ like marmite. Either you absolutely head-over-heels love’ em, or… nahhh, who are we kidding?! Everyone... | Read more »
More monsters to collect and evolve in C...
A laid-back mix of RPG and TCG, Creature Quest is all about building your deck, evolving your creatures and winning in battle. It’s the creation of VC Mobile, set up by Might and Magic producer Jon Van Caneghem. There are elements of that classic... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Apple refurbished Mac minis in stock again st...
Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished Mac minis starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: – 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP – 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
Tuesday MacBook Deals: $250 off 15″ 2.9GHz Ma...
Adorama has the Silver 15″ 2.9GHz Apple MacBook Pro on sale today for $250 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax for residents in NY & NJ only: – 15″ 2.9GHz Silver MacBook Pro... Read more
Save up to $350 with these Apple Certified Re...
Apple has a full line of Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $350 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are available: – 27... Read more
B&H offers $200 discount on Silver 15″ Ma...
B&H Photo has Silver 15″ Apple MacBook Pros on sale for $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 15″ 2.8GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro Silver (... Read more
12″ Apple iPad Pro Sale of the Year! Models u...
B&H Photo has 12″ #iPad Pros on sale for up to $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 12″ 64GB WiFi iPad Pro: $719 $80 off MSRP – 12″ 256GB WiFi... Read more
Deals on 32GB 9″ iPads: Up to $50 off MSRP, s...
B&H Photo has 2017 9.7″ 32GB iPads on sale for $299 including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. Their price is $30 off MSRP, and it’s currently the lowest price available for these... Read more
15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro available for o...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1699. That’s $300 off MSRP for this model, and it’s the lowest price available for a 15″ MacBook Pro currently offered by... Read more
13″ 3.1GHz/256GB Silver Touch Bar MacBook Pro...
Amazon has the Silver 13″ 3.1GHz/256GB Touch Bar MacBook Pro (MPXX2LL/A) on sale for $1649.99 including free shipping. Their price is $150 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a new 13″... Read more
Saturday Sale: Amazon offers 13″ 1.8GHz/256GB...
Amazon has the 13″ 1.8GHz/256B Apple MacBook Air on sale today for $250 off MSRP including free shipping: – 13″ 1.8GHz/256GB MacBook Air (MQD42LL/A): $949.99, $250 off MSRP Their price is the lowest... Read more
Roundup of Apple Certified Refurbished 12″ Ma...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 12″ Retina MacBooks available for $200-$240 off the cost of new models. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Strategist, *Apple* Media Products, Content...
# Strategist, Apple Media Products, Content and Marketing Job Number: 113399632 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: 20-Feb-2018 Weekly Hours: 40.00 Read more
*Apple* Store Leader - Retail District Manag...
Job Description:Job SummaryAs more and more people discover Apple , they visit our retail stores seeking ways to incorporate our products into their lives. It's your Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description:SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.