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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RE: How would they tell?
by whartung on Fri 9th Apr 2010 21:31 UTC in reply to "How would they tell?"
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How can they even tell?

Time for these cross-compilers to use randomization and obfuscation.... how would Apple be able to tell?

Right, because, you know, actually abiding by their limitations that you agreed to when you signed up to be a developer, that doesn't mean anything. Just your virtual "name" on a "piece of paper". Obviously, that's not worth much.

There's certainly no expectation by Apple that the developers actually, you know, follow through on what they've agreed to in order to join the program.

But any cross platform process, with any reasonably wide distribution, will have identifiable markers in the resulting code. That's a feature of their design, the regularity of it, the abstractions they provide. They may have issues detecting a one-off, in-house framework, but anything else will be obvious.

And what you don't seem to appreciate is that by stipulating this, there simply won't BE any frameworks made for the iPhone OS. There's not profit in it for the makers, and the customer simply won't risk investing in them.

The price of being "caught", using whatever mechanism, is simply too high -- the Apple ban hammer of not just this app, but potentially all of your apps from the App store.

This clause kills existing frameworks dead, and stops development on any potential tool sets. Anyone serious about the platform simply won't use them.

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