Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Apr 2010 16:59 UTC
Editorial Holier-than-thou, an adjective, meaning "marked by an air of superior piety or morality". Everybody has moments in their life where they get into a "holier-than-thou" attitude, and I think Steve Jobs' open letter regarding Adobe, and Flash in particular, really fits the bill. There are three specific points I want to address to illustrate just how holier-than-thou, hypocritical, and misleading this letter really is.
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Hogwash
by Adam S on Thu 29th Apr 2010 20:33 UTC
Adam S
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I am generally pretty in tune with Thom on things, but this is one we just do not see eye to eye.

I don't see anything wrong with what Steve Jobs said. I agree largely that Flash performance blows on OS X, cross platform tools will lead to lowest common denominator apps of *what the IDE supports*. I don't know why anyone would think Flash is necessary but not Java or other runtimes. And I don't know why anyone would think that Apple is required - or even should - to permit non-natively compiled apps that don't provide a seamless experience when there are so many that do.

The whole concept that Apple is somehow hypocritical for suggesting an open web is preferable even atop an closed underlying OS perplexes me. That's akin to saying "Since Windows is closed source, you should dump HTML and CSS." It's not all-or-nothing.

And this iTunes thing is nonsense: iTunes has always worked seamlessly on OS X, Creative Suite, on the other hand, had many benefits awaiting its transition to Cocoa. It's just silly to compare the two.

Count me as a firm "disgree" here.

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