MacHack PR: MacHack Keynote Announced: Ken Arnold

MacHack: The Annual Conference for Leading Edge Developers

Contact: Carol Lynn
c/o Expotech
1264 Bedford Road
Grosse Point Park, MI 48230

October 1, 2003-Dearborn, MI-With the coming of Mac OS X, the Macintosh platform has come into alignment with the mainstream UNIX community. With the expansion of the Macintosh ecosystem, the population of Mac Hackers has grown to include converts from other platforms. MacHack: The Annual Conference for Leading Edge Developers continues to embrace the changes already made and extend them into new areas of interest to the developer community.

The keynote speaker for MacHack 18 exemplifies this commitment to industry leading change and commitment to open standards and sharing of ideas. Ken Arnold, Chief Architect of EventMonitor, Inc., will kick off the 72-hour marathon conference, bringing his unique perspective and expertise to the conference.

As one of the orignal architects of the Jini platform, an open software architecture that enables developers to create network-centric services that are highly adaptive to change, Arnold spearheaded Sun Microsystems' community source effort. He was also the lead engineer on Sun's JavaSpaces product. With James Gosling, Arnold is the co-author of "The Java(tm) Programming Language," published by Addison Wesley. A leading expert in object-oriented design and implementation, Arnold has written extensively on C and C++ topics for UNIX Review. He has worked on numerous other books as well, including "A C User's Guide to ANSI C," which he co-authored with John Peyton.

Prior to his involvement in private industry, Arnold was part of the BSD team at U.C. Berkeley. His involvement there resulted in, among other things, the curses library package for terminal-independent programs. Also to his credit is the computer game "rogue" on which he collaborated with Mike Toy and Glen Wichman. Arnold was also part of the original Hewlett-Packard architectural team designing CORBA. He worked at Apollo Computer on several user interface and UNIX projects and also modeled molecular graphics at U.C. San Francisco.

Ken Arnold's keynote will begin at 12:01 AM on June 19, 2003. This session is sure to provide insight both into the historical influences of the various BSD environments and the future of platforms, including Java development, and community and open source efforts. Additionally, Arnold will focus on quality product and project design, with an eye toward "real-world" applications.

Conference registration costs $450 (a significant discount off the $550 regular price valid until 2/28/02) and includes access to all conference events, three meals and the conference banquet. Of course, attendance of the legendary Hack Show is mandatory. Secure registration and more information are available at the conference website. MacHack 18 will take place June 19-21, 2003, in Dearborn, Michigan. More information and secure registration is available on the Web from

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