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Steve Jobs Weighs In On iPhone Programming Language Mandate

mythz Re:They want devs to choose (711 comments)


So we just need someone government body to declare that they are a monopoly then everyone will be against this practice?
This is the thought process that is happening in developers right now, today, at this very second - developers aren't waiting before a label in order to make the decision on which mobile platform they should target.

The only difference now is that they will be forced to take longer and develop it with a language mandated by Apple which is over 20 years old rather than a modern programming language that they are comfortable with if they choose.
This effectively increases the cost of supporting the 'second choice platforms' which now fewer developers will choose to do - giving Apple a strengthened monopoly based on their anti-competitive actions.

Which is fucking evil if you asked me.

more than 4 years ago

Steve Jobs Weighs In On iPhone Programming Language Mandate

mythz Re:They want devs to choose (711 comments)

Wow, you must be clueless as they come.

The iPhone economy is the largest in the world where over 4 billion apps have been downloaded.
If you are mobile developer wanting to make the *most money* developing commercial applications, to make efficient use for your resources *you have no choice* but to develop for the iPhone/iPad.

Every other platform is a second-class economy that you only support if you have the time/resources.

The mandatory language requirement is an artificial limitation placed by a monopolist in commercial mobile applications market creating an a legal lock-in by forcing developers to only target the iPhone. This limitation is in no way technical or based on merit.

I respect quality hardware products with good usability so most of my hardware has an apple logo on it.
But I will never condone this behaviour and will never buy another apple product until this rule stands. This is a personal attack on my free time and is detrimental for developers, competitors and customers - in the evil-est of ways the only beneficiary is Apple.

Honestly the RDF force is a lot stronger than what I think it is, as it makes me sick that he still has customers supporting this behaviour (he really can do no wrong) - This really is thinking different.

more than 4 years ago

Australian Senate Hears Open Source Is Too Expensive

mythz Re:It could be legitimate (365 comments)

Personally I think Mono Develop has a long way to go before it can match the productivity of VS.NET + R#.
The Mono Develop IDE itself is a speed demon in comparison, but the developer becomes the bottleneck and generally has to write a lot more code, manage imports, etc - its not as good as having R# write most of the code itself.

more than 4 years ago

Is Programming a Lucrative Profession?

mythz More available than lucrative (844 comments)

In my experience there is always a job for good programmers.

The salary may not be as lucrative as a doctor, dentist, senior accountant, economist, etc.
But its always easy to find work (well in UK and Australia anyways), I've been a contractor for the last 8 years and haven't spent more than a week without a contract.

more than 4 years ago

The State of Ruby VMs — Ruby Renaissance

mythz Re:Ruby Javascript (89 comments)

Sounds like the start of a Ruby fanboi crowd right here on /.

Javascript is a powerful functional protyped-based language that is just as powerful as any other dynamic language. Libraries like jQuery show just how powerful and expressive the language can be while applications like google maps, gmail, etc show how capable the language is.

It gets most of its negative sentiment from devs who don't understand it fully to appreciate its strengths. I would suggest using the resources on to learn some advanced techniques.

For anyone who's interested I have a Class.js as described on my blog that simplifies using OOP in Javascript.

more than 4 years ago

FreeBSD 8.0 vs. Ubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks

mythz Re:FreeBSD is still in debugging mode (268 comments)

Since the article didn't mention anything about disabling all the debugging options, I'll consider this an invalid benchmark until shown otherwise.

Every operating system can be further optimized. What's being tested here are the 'Default Settings' as proposed by the installer directly off the Installation Disk.
'The Defaults' also tend to have the characteristic of being the most widely used.

more than 4 years ago

Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable

mythz Nothings new (1251 comments)

You are generally unemployable coming out of any University. A University teaches you the theory of the subject matter and how to learn. Its up to you to take those learning skills and master its practical application in the real world.

It's only them do you become employable/useful in a commercial environment. Otherwise you don't stand a chance of getting a job over other students who do (unless of course you took a minor in bull-sh*ting).

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Pre-Orders Top Vista's In Just 8 Hours

mythz Re:Can't say I'm surprised.... (279 comments)

I agree, I'm finally happy to settle with win7 for my desktop and deploy on a mix of win2008+.NET / linux+mono for server deployment.

I spent too much time over the last few years trying out a plethora of desktop OS's over the years because I was not happy with any Desktop which is why I'm still left with a mix of OSX's, Linux and now have switched my windows laptop & desktop to win7 at home.

OS X was a breath of fresh air but as a development environment I find myself a lot more productive with .NET/Java/Python development on win7 with its better keyboard shortcuts and VS.NET+ReSharper (which in my mind is the only killer app booting into windows at all).

I still prefer using OS X as my media centre, general web browsing and of course iPhone development, although I'm now happily settled on Win7 as my primary development platform.

The only real lacking feature I miss is a good command line interface, however Cygwin + vmware helps a bit in this area.

So I'm finally happy to spend the next few years on win7 instead of hunting down the perfect desktop OS - although as a power Ajax developer I am really looking forward to Google Chrome OS and hopes it shakes up OS Development again.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Pre-Orders Top Vista's In Just 8 Hours

mythz Re:Every other OS stinks (279 comments)

XP sp2++

Everything else:

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Readies a Rival To Spotify

mythz Re:Why not last fm (216 comments)

We'll my friend the bottleneck is either with you or your computer.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Readies a Rival To Spotify

mythz Re:Silverlight & Moonlight are not ineroperabl (216 comments)

OMG, Can anyone here post without a clue??

Silverlight is the runtime (think: JVM) of course you can't have a windows JVM and install it on Linux. That's stupid.

It's not the Silverlight runtime thats cross platform, it's whatever apps you build for that platform that makes it portable.
Let me break it down for you:

Silverlight Runtime ~= JRE
Silverlight Runtime ~= Moonlight runtime

These runtimes only runs on the platform it was built for, i.e. you can't run a windows JRE, on OS X, an OS X jre on Linux, etc, etc.

Silverlight .xap ~= Java applet .jar
Silverlight .xap ~= Flash .swf

The exact same .xap will run *NOW* on Silverlight+Windows/IE/FF/Chrome or Silverlight+OSX/Safari/FF

That my friend is what we call cross-platform, the same .xap I developed with VS.NET (or eclipse: will run unmodified now on OSX and is likely to run on Moonlight+Linux.

Once Moonlight is feature complete and all tests pass, the exact same .xap will run on Moonlight+whatever platform moonlight supports.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Readies a Rival To Spotify

mythz Re:Why not last fm (216 comments)

Save your phone money.

You should probably try it before you make any calls.

Here I'll write the test script out for you:

1. Enter a search-term in the search box.
2. Start your timer then press the enter key.
3. Double click in the middle of the search results page on a track.
4. Stop timer when you start hearing sound.

Timer should read 1s, Check.
What did you get?

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Readies a Rival To Spotify

mythz Re:My prediction... (216 comments)

This is because its Microsoft right? and Microsoft is incapable cross-platform software right?

So its just co-incidence that it also runs in OS X right?

I wish there was a filter to remove these baseless un-informed comments.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Readies a Rival To Spotify

mythz Re:My prediction... (216 comments)

Microsoft itself supports silverlight on OSX (with safari/FF), so it will guaranteed to run there.

Any other platform/browser variant will probably need to be supported by moonlight to run (

Moonlight compatibility is actually pretty advanced, as far as I understand there is a support contract between MS and Novell (Mono) that gives Novell access to all their Silverlight test suites, which is actually a big step in true-compatibility as if all the tests pass there is a very good chance that your silverlight app will work under linux as well.

Although even if Silverlight works it wont be able provide the User Experience that Spotify does, which is a very well-written truly native application with a primary focus on speed.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Readies a Rival To Spotify

mythz Re:Why not last fm (216 comments)

Well everyone at work uses it, so the best way I use it to discover music is to actually listen to each other's playlists.
To share a playlist just right-click on the playlist click 'Copy HTTP Link' and IM the link to a friend.

Other than that I just basically search for genre, i.e. 'acoustic', order by popularity and let it play.

They also have Artist radio (which I don't use very much), which basically looks like listening to a random set of tracks from similar artists.

I've actually discovered a lot more music I like on Spotify than any other service for a long time.

It's actually that good a service that I'm probably one of the few people paying the monthly £9.99 p/m to listen to music without interruption, as I think the service is actually worth paying for.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Readies a Rival To Spotify

mythz Re:Why not last fm (216 comments)

So why should i use this instead of lastfm which features no adverts per half hour of music

Because it's the fastest music player with the smallest footprint available that lets you listen to *any song* you want.
You can search and play a song in milliseconds.

There is no equal, period.

more than 5 years ago

Mono Outpaces Java In Linux Desktop Development

mythz Re:No mention of X-platform (598 comments)

My biggest reason for C#/.Net instead of Java? Visual Studio

+ ReSharper.

more than 5 years ago


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