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Friday Q&A 2009-12-18: Highlights From a Year of Friday Q&A
by Mike Ash  

It's hard to believe that it's been a full year (minus a day) since my first Friday Q&A. It's become more successful than I thought possible, and many kind and obviously deluded people have said great things about it to me. Since I'm feeling lazy this week, I thought I'd pull up some highlights from the past year rather than write anything new.

The most popular article was Mac OS X Process Memory Statistics, probably because it was accessible and relevant enough to be of interest to the average user, plus Daring Fireball linked to it. That link drove a huge amount of traffic, and that article got well over 10,000 hits to it that weekend.

The most popular article among developers, as measured by the number of comments left on it, was my early introduction to blocks (written before I had the idea of giving each one a title), which racked up an impressive 42 comments (so far).

Blocks remained a popular topic, with Practical Blocks coming once blocks were mature enough to use them in real code.

Blocks are the natural ally of Grand Central Dispatch, which I covered in a four-part series, talking about Basics and Dispatch Queues, Multi-Core Performance, Dispatch Sources, Odds and Ends, and finally capping it all off with a Practicum.

I did more than just talk about blocks. I did a three-part series on the Objective-C runtime, built an absolutely insane message forwarding system with LLVM, and created a nutty blocks-based generator framework.

There are, of course, a lot more posts. I very nearly succeeded in doing one post each week for the whole year, only missing a few weeks here and there. Thanks to my recent addition of tags support to my blog, you can view the full list of Friday Q&A posts.

It's been a great year, and I'm looking forward to the next one. I'll be taking next week off, but I'll be back in two weeks with another one.

And of course, no post would be complete without the solicitation for ideas. Friday Q&A is reader-driven. If you have a topic that you would like to see here, send it in!

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Ben Ford at 2009-12-21 21:04:30:
Since I'm new to your blog, this was a great post for me to start on. Let the reading commence!!!

an0 at 2009-12-25 07:35:20:
Good job, man. Have a nice holiday!

Steven Degutis at 2009-12-28 19:33:48:
Thanks for being so dedicated to Friday Q&A and not letting it fade into nothing. They've taught me a lot so far and I'm sure they'll continue to if you keep posting them (not counting the ones you already have posted which I still need some time to understand)!

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