Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Apr 2010 22:38 UTC
Apple John Gruber has found out that cross-compilers are no longer allowed in iPhone OS 4.0. "My reading of this new language is that cross-compilers, such as the Flash-to-iPhone compiler in Adobe's upcoming Flash Professional CS5 release, are prohibited. This also bans apps compiled using MonoTouch - a tool that compiles C# and .NET apps to the iPhone. It's unclear what this means for tools like Titanium and PhoneGap, which let developers write JavaScript code that runs in WebKit inside a native iPhone app wrapper. They might be OK."
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Major reason for this...
by whartung on Thu 8th Apr 2010 23:13 UTC
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The primary reason behind this is to fragment the developer space.

It will simply not be practical to create an application, from a single source base, that can be run on the iPhones C runtime, Adroids Java runtime, and Windows 7 Silverlight runtime.

Consider this another shot of the platform wars.

With scarce mobile developer resources, companies will have to choose where to put their dollars. And right now, the iPhone still has the mobile mindshare if you're targeting the mobile market.

Now, a company can write something for the iPhone, perfect any server technology, etc. and then release a new client for the other platforms leveraging their "done it once" expertise from the initial iPhone project. But what that ends up being is having a product on the iPhone first, with other platforms later.

Obviously not all shops will follow this course, but since the iPhone is the "800lb" gorilla right now, MANY will, and all of these efforts, incrementally, push the iPhone system as the premiere mobile platform.

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