MacHack 2000: Session tracks announced
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MacHack 2000: Session tracks announced

MacHack 2000: Sessions tracks announced, early registration ending

MacHack: The Annual Conference for Leading Edge Developers

April 13, 2000-Dearborn, MI-The MacHack 2000 conference committee is
pleased to announce the preliminary program for the June 22-24 event.

The resurgence of interest in Macintosh programming has launched the
conference to the cutting edge of software design and has turned this
year's MacHack is one of the meatiest programs ever.

There are lots of reasons for active programmers to attend be they purely
Macintosh developers, engineers in a cross-platform environment or open
source programmers looking to enhance their repertoire of skills. The
annual program, which has always included a variety of cutting edge topics,
has expanded to five conference tracks:

Yoot (Youth) track: Eight "yoot"-oriented sessions are planned, ranging
from Cal Simone's famous "Programming for Kids" to sessions intended to
inform young people about the industry and how to prepare for a career in

Software design track: Four sessions on advanced C++ design issues will
anchor the track. These including coverage of the Standard Template Library
and standard Streams classes. User-interface design will also play a
central role, as it always does at Macintosh conferences, but here there is
a twist. The session will cover not just the usual questions of how to meet
the user's expectation, but also the important question of how to
effectively guide to user to meet design expectations.

Advanced techniques: This track will cover low-level debugging, defensive
programming, and reverse engineering, all hot topics.

Business track: Planned sessions cover business communications and human
interaction for software engineers, interaction with the press, and dealing
with the job market.

"Setting Started" track: This unique track deals with the unique problems
of working across environments and contains reprise of the popular "Rosetta
Stone" session from last year that deals with vocabulary differences among
various systems and environments.

Scripting track: Sessions include coverage of AppleEvents, AppleScript, and
the Apple Object Model.

Standards and Protocols: Sessions on PDF, and coverage of XML and SVG.

MacOS X track: This hot area will include sessions on with using GNU tools
under MacOS X and coverage of Cocoa development. Also, expect coverage of
the latest news from the MacOS X and open source communities to be added to
this track as the conference approaches.

Discounted registration of $475 is available until midnight April 15, a
savings of $50 of the regular registration rate. After that, registration
will rise to the regular rate of $525. Students can register for $50 which
includes all-access to the conference as well as a special meal package.
Total attendance is limited to 400. Student attendance is limited to 50.
More details are available on the conference website.

MacHack 2000 will take place June 22-24, 2000, in Dearborn, Michigan. More
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