Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 21:06 UTC
In the News "Kay says that some gadgets with superficial Dynabook-like qualities, such as the iPad, have not only failed to realize the Dynabook dream, but have in some senses betrayed it. That's one of the points he makes in this interview, conducted by computer historian David Greelish, proprietor of the Classic Computing Blog and organizer of this month's Vintage Computer Festival Southeast in Atlanta (the Festival will feature a pop-up Apple museum featuring Xerox's groundbreaking Alto workstation, which Kay worked on, as well as devices which deeply reflected his influence, including the Lisa, the original Macintosh and the Newton). Kay and Greelish also discuss Kay's experiences at some of the big outfits where he's worked, including Xerox's fabled PARC labs, Apple, Disney and HP. Today, Kay continues his research about children and technology at his own organization, the Viewpoints Research Institute." A great interview with this legendary man.
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RE[2]: Fully agree!
by henderson101 on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 13:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Fully agree!"
henderson101
Member since:
2006-05-30

No, you can't program on them...


Sure you can.

http://twolivesleft.com/Codea/
http://omz-software.com/pythonista/

With Codea, you can even create actual iPad apps (okay, you need to compile the app on a real computer to release it, but 100% of the development can be done on an iPad.) This was 100% written on an iPad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPWWDOjtO9s

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RE[3]: Fully agree!
by MOS6510 on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 20:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Fully agree!"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

There are a number of programming languages available to play around with. I have C, Cobol, Java, Python and Perl on my iPhone and there are a number more.

It's more of a mix between an emulator and a toy, but it does allow you to explore these languages and run them right on your iOS device.

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RE[4]: Fully agree!
by henderson101 on Fri 5th Apr 2013 08:37 in reply to "RE[3]: Fully agree!"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Lua is a scripting language, and is obviously interpreted, but if you look at Cargobot running on iOS it's extremely hard to see where that fact actually affects performance.

Codea is a very mature product and pretty fun to play about with. The 3D and physics they have recently added are getting pretty impressive now.

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