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[2]: Major reason for this...
by whartung on Fri 9th Apr 2010 00:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Major reason for this..."
whartung
Member since:
2005-07-06

Yea, long term I don't see this going well for them. It's a matter of how long they retain their 800lb Gorilla-ness.

Basically it's a Windows vs Unix war in the enterprise space. Windows is windows, Unix is Everything Else. MS wants to promote windows development as it ties folks to their platform. Windows is the platform for First Choice for most client applications.

So, you can write applications for the iPhone, or for Everything Else. But not both (with the same source base). As long as the iPhone is dominant (and this will help keep it dominant), it's a win for Apple. But once Everything Else becomes the platform of first choice for consumers and developers, Apple can simply remove the clause from the dev agreement and join the band wagon, having held their lead as long as possible.

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Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

But once Everything Else becomes the platform of first choice for consumers and developers, Apple can simply remove the clause from the dev agreement and join the band wagon, having held their lead as long as possible.


Unlikely. Suppose Apple pull this strategy, and nobody else does. Developers are then in the position where they can code once for iPhone, and once for anything else (supported by cross-compiling frameworks). If iPhone then slipped from being the #1 platform, you might wonder whether those frameworks would take the time to support it, given the precedent Apple have previously set.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Since when Unix is everything else?

There are many more OS out there than just Windows and Unix.

And for Unix lets also not forget that there are lots of OS specific APIs in each Unix out there. If you really want to take advantage of certain OS features you have to step outside the POSIX calls. Even with POSIX you might hit semantic differences among them.

This is nothing new, since the beginning of computing each vendor wanted everyone to use their own platform tools as a kind of lock in. IBM used to be very good at it.

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