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Apologies that this issue is a little late! I spent most of this week at the iOS Dev UK conference, and my week got compressed.

I wouldn’t change anything about this week, though. Being back at an in-person conference for the first time since the pandemic began was wonderful. I will admit that It felt a little odd being around so many people again at first, but it was so good to see old friends and meet plenty of new ones in beautiful (if a little rainy) west Wales. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Unfortunately, that's not the only conference news this week, with the sad announcement that this year’s 360 iDev would be the last. I never managed to attend a 360 iDev event, but I know they were well-loved by many. It’s also a tragedy that it left the organisers with a huge bill to pay. 😞

It’s also unbelievable that 360 iDev was the last community-run Swift conference in North America. The community thrives in many ways, but in-person events like conferences and local meetups are struggling. Organising a conference was challenging before the pandemic started, and it’s even harder now.

That said, it’s tough to recommend that everyone attend a conference right now. I decided that attending iOS Dev UK was worth the risk of getting ill, but everyone feels differently, and only you can make that choice.

It would be a tragedy to lose more conferences, though. So, if you feel comfortable being around people, I’d encourage you to check out upcoming Apple-platform conferences and consider a trip before the end of this year. I know the organisers will thank you.

The next one I’ll be attending is the Server-Side Swift Conference in December. Maybe I’ll see you there?

Dave Verwer

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