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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Words fail me
by Praxis on Thu 8th Apr 2010 23:06 UTC
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This is just ridiculous, this is perhaps the best example of apple control freakism I have ever seen.

I can see apples motivation behind this, the last thing they want is too make it easier for developers to support other platforms. If you want to write for the iphone it must be for the iphone alone, none of this write once run anywhere crap. This is something that purely effect developers though I doubt this gets much press. Even thought this is clearly a shot at Adobe, lots of devs are going to get hit in the crossfire. That sucks.

At least we still have the internet, web apps are something that Apple can't wall off just yet.

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RE: Words fail me
by ggeldenhuys on Fri 9th Apr 2010 20:36 in reply to "Words fail me"
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This is just ridiculous, this is perhaps the best example of apple control freakism I have ever seen.

Apple is absolutely ridiculous! It shouldn't be about the programming language, but how well the application interacts with the device.

The developers of the Free Pascal Compiler worked damn hard to get iPhone support and translate the API's - now Apple wants to ban such a compiler even though you can write perfectly good iPhone applications with it.

Apple, you are f**ken nuts! I hope developers leave the iPhone market in droves. Developers should move to something more open - and where developers are treated with respect. After all, it's the developers writing the apps that make a device more popular.

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