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Steve Jobs Weighs In On iPhone Programming Language Mandate 711

Dotnaught writes "Greg Slepak, founder of software company Tao Effect, wrote Apple CEO Steve Jobs to complain about Apple's mandate that iPhone applications be originally written in C/C++/Objective-C. Job's response was to endorse a post by John Gruber on the Daring Fireball blog. Jobs called it 'very insightful,' suggesting Gruber's prediction that third-party iPhone development tools are out might be right. Jobs sent a second reply that also doesn't bode well for third-party iPhone development tools: 'We've been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform.'"
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Steve Jobs Weighs In On iPhone Programming Language Mandate

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  • by Yvan256 ( 722131 ) on Sunday April 11, 2010 @08:53AM (#31807146) Homepage Journal

    Don't Blink. Blink and you're dead. Don't turn your back. Don't look away. And don't Blink. Good Luck.

  • iPhone developers are up in arms at Apple requiring them to use only Apple toolkits, sacrifice a Windows developer at their local Apple Shop every Sunday and maintain an altar to Steve Jobs in their homes. And eat a bug [].

    Apple is famous for its rigid control over its devices, in its quest to maintain user quality. Developers have worked under increasing restrictions in their attempts to provide quality applications for the iPhone such as I Am Rich, Magic 8 Ball and iFart.

    "Not a big deal," said Mr Jobs in a personal email. "Cross-platform development leads to a worse user experience every time. Also, the video of you eating the bug has to be H.264 QuickTime or your app is out. Extra points for cockroaches."

    "This clause shows a fundamental lack of understanding of the creative freedom developers need," said iPhone developer Greg Slepak. "Software is an infinitely malleable creation of pure thought. Toolkits, languages and frameworks are only a way to develop something people will want. It's like telling Rembrandt what brand of brushes he's allowed to use."

    He paused to chow down on a palmetto bug for his MacBook's camera. "I'll tell you, a lot of iPhone developers are seriously considering Android, just as soon as Google develops a suitably exploitable stream of mindless thralls that will generate us a gushing torrent of money."

    "Thanks for the video, Greg," said Mr Jobs, "but we've just added section 3.3.1.a: 'In particular, when Greg Slepak submits an application, the bucket of cockroaches in the video have to be Apple-branded and genetically assembled in Cupertino.' So we've rejected your application, cancelled your membership and zeroed your account.

    "Of course, you're free to apply again. Or not, if you don't want a goddamn dumptruck full of money backed up to your house. It's a free country."

  • by Cryacin ( 657549 ) on Sunday April 11, 2010 @09:04AM (#31807228)

    they already have a mechanism to deal with it -- the app store review process.

    Magic 8 balls need a holiday every now and again too you know.

  • by Grax ( 529699 ) on Sunday April 11, 2010 @09:39AM (#31807424) Homepage
    I don't understand why they keep sticking those damn intermediate layers in there. Real programmers write write in assembly language. If you want real performance that is what you need to be doing instead of using foofy object-oriented programming tools and junk like that. In my experience those other things just add more bugs and no real value. If you want information an old-fashioned text-only display can provide it. Remove all the layers please.
  • by N!k0N ( 883435 ) <dan.djph@net> on Sunday April 11, 2010 @10:33AM (#31807758)

    Real programmers write write in assembly language.

    nah, Real programmers use butterflies. []

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 11, 2010 @11:04AM (#31807964)

    Do you not remember just how long it took for Wine to become even remotely functional (for anything other than freecell solitaire)?

    Are you from the future?

  • by jo_ham ( 604554 ) <> on Sunday April 11, 2010 @01:23PM (#31809100)

    Yes, I don't need Cider.

    But I really should have it!

    Apps inside Cider wrappers were so awesome!

    *please note sarcasm, and please someone go outside and find whoever thought Cider was acceptable performance on OS X and beat them with a sock full of oranges.

Would you people stop playing these stupid games?!?!?!!!!