CocoaHeads March 20: Intro to Instruments

Michael Jurewitz, Apple's Developer Tools Evangelist, will talk about Instruments at CocoaHeads Silicon Valley this Thursday, March 20 in Garage 1 at Apple. Instruments is Apple's brand-new performance measuring tool for Leopard.


The first part of the talk will introduce the basics of Instruments itself as well some of the data collectors that can be used. We'll also learn a bit about DTrace, which is the basis for many of the collectors. Finally, we'll see Instruments used on some live apps to figure out how to put the concepts into practice.

Instruments is also the tool used for performance measuring in iPhone applications (as seen in this video), but Thursday's talk will focus strictly on optimizing Mac applications. That said, if you're not currently writing Mac software but are thinking about either Mac or iPhone development, you'll want to see this talk in order to get familiar with how the tool works in general.

Map to 1 Infinite Loop

Thursday, March 20 at 7:30pm
"Garage 1" Conference Room, Apple Building 4

There's no fee or pre-registration required. You can just show up. If you enter the campus from the main De Anza driveway, turn left and follow the road all the way around until you see the gigantic 4 on the sidewalk. Garage 1 is up one flight of stairs.

Fluid with Dock icons

In a special two-for-one deal, we've also managed to get Todd Ditchendorf to come demo Fluid for us, which allows web apps to integrate with the Mac OS X desktop environment — recently mentioned at 37signals, Daring Fireball, and here.

Our room may exceed capacity. We're looking at getting more space, but only Garage 1 is reserved right now. You might want to get there early this time — we'll probably let people in as early as 7pm.

See you there.
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CocoaHeads March 20: Intro to Instruments
Posted Mar 17, 2008 — 8 comments below


Peter Hosey — Mar 17, 08 5657

I think the address for Building 4 is actually 4 Infinite Loop. At least, that's the way I understand the signs, and Google Maps does recognize that address.

Scott Stevenson — Mar 17, 08 5658 Scotty the Leopard

@Peter Hosey: I think the address for Building 4 is actually 4 Infinite Loop

I know. It's just easier this way because people aren't looking for the wrong building (as counter-intuitive as that may sound). The link to the photo of building 4 is good, though. Thanks for posting it.

Chris Ryland — Mar 17, 08 5659

Is someone going to be (kindly) recording this for posterity?

If so, and you could get him to close-up on the screen when the screen is relevant, that'd be great.

Thanks for all the great work!

Jonathan Dann — Mar 17, 08 5660

Hi Scott.

That core animation video was really great, I'd really like to see this one if its possible!


mj — Mar 17, 08 5661

I agree about posting a video of this CocoaHeads meeting for those of us who would love to attend, but don't live anywhere close to Cupertino, (or California, for that matter).

Keep up the excellent work and posts!

j o a r — Mar 17, 08 5662

Yes, we plan to record this presentation and post it to the web as usual.

Scott Stevenson — Mar 17, 08 5663 Scotty the Leopard

We actually won't be able to do video this time, but not because of any technical limitations. Sorry about that.

Lucas Gladding — Mar 23, 08 5684

That's too bad about the lack of video for that meeting. Instruments and performance testing in general is something I would really love to hear more about.


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