Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Oct 2010 21:42 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Steve Jobs' rant against Android, RIM, and 7" tablets couldn't go by unnoticed, of course. We already had the rather dry response from Google's Andy Rubin, but Mountain View isn't the only one who responded. TweetDeck's CEO wasn't particularly pleased by Jobs distorting TweetDeck's story on developing for Android, and now we have RIM's co-CEO Jim Balsillie who slammed Cupertino pretty hard.
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Ummm, who's misquoting whom here?
by mrhasbean on Wed 20th Oct 2010 01:02 UTC
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"Twitter client TwitterDeck [sic] recently launched their Android app, and had to contend with 100 different versions of software on 244 different handsets," Jobs said, "That's a daunting challenge."

"Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn't."

And neither did Jobs. "Daunting challenge" is hardly calling it a "nightmare". And Jobs is right, it is something that's daunting when you first look at the project, and then want to make sure the thing works across all of those variations. How can they even be sure it will without specifically testing it on every variation? Personally I probably would have called that prospect a "nightmare", but that's not what Jobs said. Misquoting him in order to appeal to geekdom is nothing but grandstanding.

Similarly with the comments by Mr RIM. Using the classic approach of diverting attention from their own weaknesses by attacking things that are perceptions created in the minds of those who have no ability to understand something is just schoolyard bullying tactics, something I'd expect from a 12 year old. Other than making baseless claims about distorted sales figures did he in any way refute the main point Jobs was making? Instead he chose to use rhetoric to attack something that clearly RIM, like many manufacturers as well as some who frequent this forum, don't have the logic and reasoning abilities to comprehend.

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Alex Forster Member since:

Great point. Even if it's not hard to write an app that runs stably across the hundred software/hardware combinations, you still can't be sure the app doesn't crash unless you've tested it on on every single one of them. That's the daunting part.

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organgtool Member since:

You're right. As someone who has developed desktop software, I always made sure to buy every possible combination of computer hardware and test my software on those boxes so that I can be sure that I knew it worked.

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molnarcs Member since:

Are you a clone of Piot?

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Janglin_Jack Member since:

If diferent hardware/OS version is bad for programmers, how the hell is everyone still doing apps for windows?

Do you think one has to try every combination of hard/soft before deploing? because that would be just insane....

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StephenBeDoper Member since:

And neither did Jobs. "Daunting challenge" is hardly calling it a "nightmare".

"This is pedantry up with which I will not put." -Winston Churchill, after being criticized for ending a sentence with a preposition

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