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From the Editor, June 2010

Volume Number: 26
Issue Number: 06
Column Tag: Editorial

From the Editor, June 2010

As this issue is going to press, MacTech just announced the very first MacTech Technical Conference. Set to take place November 3-5 in Los Angeles, California, this is going to be a special few days. We're just about to announce speakers and general line up, which should be done once you receive this issue in the mail. If you would like to share your knowledge and solutions with your peers, please submit a speaker application (http://www.mactech.com/conference/speakers-app). As a speaker or attendee, we hope you'll clear your calendar and join us for this amazing event.

The idea of the show is to present topics that will be new to you, challenge you and inspire you. There will be many opportunities to meet your peers and exchange ideas. The MacTech Conference will provide learning beyond the technology. Keep an eye on http://www.mactech.com/conference and @mactechconf on Twitter.

This month, our cover story features a new monthly column: CoreSec. All aspects of computer security are only becoming more relevant to all computer users, both professional and recreational. Mac OS X is not excluded from the many security issues that face us. Mike Hjörleifsson brings his expertise to guide us through the minefield of terms, options and exploits.

We all love the new shiny from Apple. However, what happens when, as a company, Apple does something you may not agree with? Of if it seems like Apple is "getting too big?" Bloggers have been accusing Apple of becoming like Microsoft, but Apple fans see it differently. Of course, the reality is somewhere in-between. Michael Swaine taps into this trend with, "Oh Noes! Apple is Turning into the Borg!"

José Cruz continues his article on writing a GUI front-end for the command-line git-config application for the Git version control program. Whether you use git-config or not, it's a great example of wrapping a command-line tool in a GUI that's a little easier to use.

This month's Mac in the Shell presents some very often-overlooked bash string operators. For those that use the built-in operators, calls to external tools can be dropped, and performance can increase for everyone on the system. Check out how in, "bash String Operations."

In MacEnterprise, Greg Neagle examines the viability of using the iPad as an Enterprise device. His analysis is in "iPad in the Enterprise." His findings may corroborate your day to day work as more and more Executives purchase iPads for their use.

José Cruz this month also brings us a tutorial on how to teach BBEdit syntax-aware editing for different languages. Support for C is built-in. What happens, though, when you need Python, Ruby or other language support?

Finally, this month's MacTech Spotlight highlights Boisy Pitre. Boisy is the owner of Tee Boy, located in Opelousas, Louisiana, and quite an interesting person. Check out his approach to Mac development in this month's MacTech Spotlight.

Ed Marczak,

Executive Editor

 
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