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JL235
Created : 12 April 2010
 

Apple bans programming languages

All except C++, Objective-C and JavaScript

https://www.engadget.com/2010/04/08/apples-iphone-lockdown-apps-must-be-written-in-one-of-three-la/
In their latest anti-Flash move Apple has banned the use of all languages for the iPhone except C++, JavaScript and Objective-C. This hurts Adobe because they were building a Flash to iPhone compiler, allowing ActionScript to build iPhone apps.

I personally think this is a really bad thing for developers.

 

Comments


Monday, 12 April 2010, 08:19
Jayenkai
Agreed. Guess Mark won't be adding iPhing to BlitzMax any time soon.

Sucks..
Monday, 12 April 2010, 08:21
mole
What is the motivation behind this? I can't see much point to alienating a developer base...
Monday, 12 April 2010, 09:31
Jayenkai
To make people buy a Mac.
Monday, 12 April 2010, 09:36
mole
Oh..
Monday, 12 April 2010, 09:47
JL235
I think it's about lockin. Not so much locking in developers to their tools, but locking their products to the iPhone.

It's too much for Apple to force developers to be exclusive, so by this way if your going to use iPhone tools then you'll probably end up building an iPhone exclusive app.
Monday, 12 April 2010, 13:29
Stealth
Apple has already expressed why they are doing this. It's because applications written in other languages don't work as well as those in native Objective-C. They are demanding quality of applications.

This is a lot like clients demanding websites be coded by hand instead of a webpage generator. The sites those things create are never as clean and as good as the handwritten ones.

When it's all said and done, it's Apple's platform. Let them be picky as hell about it. They have a lot to lose if it fails.
Monday, 12 April 2010, 13:42
JL235
Stealth Apple has already expressed why they are doing this. It's because applications written in other languages don't work as well as those in native Objective-C. They are demanding quality of applications.

Then they should judge the applications quality based on the quality of the application; not based on the language used.