Yeah interesting. They really fly through the product. The use of angles and animations makes it so that you don't even try to spend time trying to read what's on the screen. You just flow through everything really quick and get a holistic sense for what's possible.
Mentor whiplash gets the founders all frothy that they need to do X, Y, and Z _immediately_ or their company will fall apart. Unfortunately, it changes to A, B, and C a week later after meetings with another 30 people. These founders aren't bad people. They just have no idea what they're doing. They got shoved into this crazy new accelerator experience, and they're being told by their heroes that they need to XYZ and ABC immediately, and they freak out and they make decisions too quickly.
Founders joining accelerators, do yourself a favor: the minute you think you NEED to hire one of those first employees, wait a week. Wait 2. Chat with some people informally. Don't setup a coffee meeting and ambush them with your whole team. Just breathe and take your time. Building your team is the most important thing you are ever going to do. This is not cliche. The process of building one, especially that initial core team, should be respected. Talk to some people. Do some contracts with them. Take it slow.
guybrushT, this sucks for you more than most given that you (and your wife!) were moving from another country. The founders should have been more careful. If you still wanna move to the states, I'd more than happy to introduce you to a bunch of startups in Boulder. We're always looking for developers here. Shoot me an email: ryan at ramen dot is.
I don't think that's the case. AppleScript is the equivalent of shell scripting for GUI appls.
You don't write applications in AppleScript; you use AppleScript to control other applications in an automated way.
You can write AppleScripts with simple dialog boxes and such, just as you can write interactive bash scripts. And while you could theoretically implement an application entirely as a shell script or batch file or AppleScript, it'd be a bit like mowing your lawn with a pair of scissors.
While never particularly popular, both Apple (AppleScript Studio and subsequent AppleScript Xcode templates) and third parties (FaceSpan) have provided full IDEs for developing applications with AppleScript.
Incidentally, I'd still mostly agree with your comment, as the underlying script runtime isn't really designed with application development in mind. For example, I'm pretty sure Xcode debugging support for AppleScript doesn't even include breakpoints or related features like single-stepping (Apple's Script Editor certainly doesn't), and that Script Debugger had to pretty much implement its own AppleScript runtime to support these features.
It's totally up to you. Some hackathons are themed, so a lot of times you'll want to hear presentations from various API sponsors first and then decide how to integrate. Conversely, in the case of http://ramen.is, we had planned out the idea for quite a while before going into the LAUNCH hackathon last November.