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By mitchp
Published: Apr 09 2010 / 22:30

What they are saying is that they won’t allow applications onto their marketplace solely because of what language was originally used to create them. This is a frightening move that has no rational defense other than wanting tyrannical control over developers and more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe.
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polterguy replied ago:

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Yes, and he speaks about unfair competition and how open Adobe is when it comes to developers.
Of course they keep features of the Flash Player for themselves, probably not many of you know that with the Flash Player, Adobe and it's selective list of companies can deploy software on user's system with just a single click, without special confirmation or anything else. (it is a special feature of the Express Install).

For example, there is no API in the Flash Player that allows desktop capture and re-feeding this to a FMS/Red5 server, BUT, of course Acrobat Connect can do this through means known only by Adobe, thus creating highly UNFAIR COMPETITION between Adobe and the flash developers in the wild.

- As a developer I don't like what Apple did, but everything there is their's and they have the right to do it, and on top of this, i am absolutely sure that neither one of the developers from Apple liked this, it is just a business decision.
- The same happens with Adobe and their hidden gems.

Both get me sick ...,

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tonyweston replied ago:

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I think one of the reasons that hasn't been mentioned elsewhere, is that apple wants a large programmer base, that can code using cocoa/objective C. this way, there will be more apps not just for the iPhone/iPad, but also for the mac also. Adobe, by creating a .swf to iPhone converter, means that potentialy 1000's of devs might not choose to go through the learning curve, as they can continue to use their existing flash skills...however, this will hurt the apple eco system, as there will be less native mac software because of this.

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polterguy replied ago:

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Insightful. Though I think a lot the actual results will be that a lot of people will start creating web apps ... ;)

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rv49649 replied ago:

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I applaud innovation and definitely believe and want to promote the core of free enterprise - which is the ability for people and business to reap reward from their innovation. Hence I have been a long time admirer of Apple - going all the way back to 1985 when I purchased a Macintosh and became a Mac developer in the late '80s.

These days I'm still an Apple customer. My family has been through numerous ipod purchases. We have several Mac OS X computers, and I really enjoy my AppleTV hooked up with iTunes for content.

With this latest anti-Flash/anti-Adobe tactic of Apple's being revealed, though, I'm really struggling with my feelings. I've earned my crust of bread in the realm of software development for ~ 25 years. This very notion that a company would come to infringe on this creative process in such a brazen, irrational, iron-fisted manner just disturbs me to the very core. (It is irrational because we all know that number of computer languages could be created to have compilers that generate the iphone/itouch/ipad binary format and API bindings. So there is no technical/logical reason to restrict the "original" language to a subset dictated by Apple.)

I'm leaning in the same direction as Lee Brimelow. My individual actions wouldn't mean anything to Apple's business. Yet I can't be a party to what Apple is becoming...something that is not very pleasant at all. I can buy a Roku and get my content from Amazon and Netflix. I can wait and buy an HP Slate or Android or Chrome OS tablet computer instead of an iPad. Both B&N and Amazon will be sources for buying ebooks for digital content - they will be sure to have their ereader software ported to the platforms of these other tablets. I can buy an Android phone to eventually replace my Blackberry when I'm ready to get a true smartphone with lots of apps. I can buy Win7 laptops for my kids heading to college instead of Apple laptops. Heck I could even buy a Zune to replace my ipod when I eventually wear it out. The latest models are actually rather decent.

Fortunately there are choices (and will soon be more choices) to buy the technology I desire (like any other consumer) and yet doesn't come from Apple.

As a long time software developer, Apple has just gone way too far in it's reach to dictate and control/manipulate my profession. As an individual, at least, I can resist.

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