I want to start up a Mac developer group in the DC Area that would bring together Mac programmers, focusing on Cocoa.
I figure that there must be several of us out there, but we just don’t know each other yet. The DC area is one of the top metropolitan regions in the country and is the fastest growing outside of the Sunbelt. So it is one of the key target markets of Apple and hosts a big population of Mac users.
There’s already three Apple retail stores in the area: Tysons Corner, Clarendon and Bethesda. There is a fourth under construction at Pentagon City Mall. Tysons Corner was actually the first Apple retail store to open back in 2001.
To put this in perspective, there are currently as many stores in the area as there is in the entire state of Oregon and after Pentagon City completes, as many as in all of Washington state. Of course, California still is the leader by far. Here’s a nice map that illustrates where all the Apple stores are.
So Apple knows that they have good customers in the DC area.
Hopefully there are some good Mac programmers in the DC area as well. Let me know who you are by sending me email at cocoa at luisdelarosa.com. Also, you can join the Cocoa DC group I set up at http://groups-beta.google.com/group/cocoa-dc.