It’s been kind of sneaking up on me, but we’ll be leaving for San Francisco in one week. It’ll be a fun trip - the first time that the whole family will be travelling to SF, and we’re planning some actual tourist time as part of the trip. While it’ll be about my seventh trip to San Francisco in the last few years, it’ll be the first time that I’ll actually get to spend some time not in conference mode. And of course a couple of days will be busy with wedding fun.
And of course, after all that fun, there’s the business reason for attending: GDC Mobile. This year’s conference should be interesting - as you can tell from a quick glance at the schedule of sessions, it’ll be an iPhonerrific couple of days. Given the pervading sense of doom and gloom that hung over the conference in the last couple of years, it isn’t surprising that mobile developers are latching onto any possible way of getting out from under the mobile operators’ thumbs. As Dale’s recent post highlights, dealing with Apple isn’t necessarily all sunshine and puppy dogs, so it’ll be interesting to see if there are any critical voices in the audience. (But this reminds me of the old joke about running away from a bear: you don’t have to be faster than the bear, just faster than the other people running away from the bear.)
I’m guessing that outside of a few attendees, Flash Lite will get little to no visibility this year. At last year’s event, there was nary a mention of FL in the sessions, except in the preso from Dave Collier at Pikkle. A recent email from Adobe about upcoming events listed the GDC, but only made reference to Director, and no mention of Flash Lite (or even Flash).
In any event, if you’re in or around SF between March 19th and 24th, drop me a note! Would be good to organize a little get-together of Flash mobile folks (assuming I’m not the only one wandering around Moscone :)