Taking over WWDC Notes & Envisioning its Future
Evolving the Open-Source Project: Join the Community effort and shape the Future of how we discover and learn from WWDC Sessions effectively!
Just 10 days ago, Federico Zanetello, the initiator and maintainer of WWDC Notes contacted me and asked me if I’d want to help keep the project alive. After some messaging and a video call, it turned out that he couldn’t work on the project anymore at all and I agreed to take it over from him. The bad news is (as you might guess) that the video call was just 2 weeks before Dub Dub. 😱
But the good news is that Federico automated the site in pretty much all aspects, so it “just works” for the most part. Kudos to him for designing things in a way that makes keeping the project healthy as easy as possible. 💯👏 Also, thankfully he used Swift for basically everything, including publishing the website, or even for helper tools like sending automated tweets for new summaries on Twitter. For a Swift enthusiast like me, who even runs a newsletter about Swift Evolution, this was a huge relief. It looks like that for this year, all I need to do is 2 things:
First: Dump the basic information about each session (like the links to the video or Apple’s session description) into the project after the Platforms State of the Union (also known as the “Developer Keynote”) has taken place. Because that’s when Apple announces the session details for the rest of the week.
Second: Merge PRs that members of the community created for the sessions listed here which don’t have a summary yet. In fact, you could actually visit the list now and will find ~120 sessions for just the year 2022 nobody contributed notes for yet, compared to ~60 sessions that do have session notes for 2022.
While it’s my main job for this year to do these 2 things due to the restricted time to prepare anything else, I have more things planned for the future of the project. And because this is a community project, I want to share my plans with you.