Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 23:25 UTC, submitted by Chicken Blood
Apple The beauty of the internet is such that every opinion has become worthless; this goes doubly so for those with publish buttons on (relatively, we're humble) major websites. For every opinion, there's a matching counter-opinion, and that's great. Yesterday, we linked to an article by Mark Pilgrim about tinkerers and the iPad, and of course, someone was bound to disagree with that one.
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Bill Atkinson wrote HyperCard
by Richard Dale on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 04:24 UTC
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This article is accusing Bill Atkinson who not only wrote MacPaint, but HyperCard a fews years later of not trusting end users to create stuff? I don't know how much more wrong you can be really.

Do you know what HyperCard was? It was one of the most powerful easy to use and powerful visual programming environments there has ever been. People who weren't professional programmers were empowered to create HyperCard stacks.

With Mac OS X you get the entire XCode/Cocoa development environment bundle with the OS at no charge. If you want to develop iPhone or iPad apps it costs all of $90 a year, which is less than I paid for MacPascal back in 1985.

Personally I don't particular want an iPad at the moment because indeed locked and even as a registered developer (which I am) you can't install software on it without using your digit certificate that only Apple will give you. But Apple aren't forcing you to buy an iPad as your only computing device, and they aren't forcing you not to create things. This "Apple believes that users cannot be trusted" stuff is just complete nonsense.

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