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This tweet resonated with me so much. 😀 The most successful things I've done never started as "the big idea". This newsletter, for example! 📰
The try! Swift conference in New York this week hosted an announcement from the Swift Server work group about their plans, and here's Ted Kremenek with a quick summary. It's also worth checking out the Recommended Server Libraries section of the server page on Swift.org for a description of what this group is aiming for.
Considering how little we saw about the HomePod at WWDC and in the following months, I'm not surprised to see this delay. However, from a developer perspective, this doesn't have a huge impact as the development potential of the platform is still quite limited. I'm glad Apple is willing to delay the release of products not ready for the mass market – I wish they were more willing to do this with software releases as well.
The Verge takes an in-depth look at Paper, the sketching and note taking app released this week by the people behind the cancelled Microsoft Courier project. It is great to see the ideas from Courier making it in to a real app.
I really liked this article from Graham Lee. When I worked as a product manager, I always took the approach that the next sprint should be fully planned, the next couple should be loosely planned but that after that the backlog is very fluid. However, the important point is that even though the backlog may be vague, the overall product direction should always be clear.
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The dust is settling on this 2FA change that I mentioned last week. So, now that everything is a little clearer here's a quick summary of what you need to be aware of:
I've had 2FA on my personal iCloud account for years now but I just went through and enabled it for my developer accounts (Yes, more than one and yes, it's a long and dull story 😂). I followed these instructions from Apple and they worked perfectly. The only thing I did differently was that instead of signing out of my main iCloud account on my phone, I used a new local user account on my Mac to do the initial 2FA set up on my developer accounts.
Finally, if there truly is some genuine reason you are unable to switch this on for your Team Agent account, there is a section titled "What if I can’t enable two-factor authentication for some other reason?" at the bottom of this article. I don't have any information about this at all, and I'd expect a tough conversation to get it done, but it sounds Apple may be able to relax the restriction on an account by account basis.
The new rule kicks in next Wednesday so make sure you're ready. 👍
Great stories at this year's NeXTEVNT.