Monday, April 12, 2010

The Flash Blog » Apple Slaps Developers In The Face

The Flash Blog » Apple Slaps Developers In The Face
[Sentence regarding Apple's intentions redacted at request from Adobe]. This has nothing to do whatsoever with bringing the Flash player to Apple’s devices. That is a separate discussion entirely. 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. This does not just affect Adobe but also other technologies like Unity3D.

I am positive that there are a large number of Apple employees that strongly disagree with this latest move. Any real developer would not in good conscience be able to support this. The trouble is that we will never hear their discontent because Apple employees are forbidden from blogging, posting to social networks, or other things that we at companies with an open culture take for granted.

Bit of irony there.

Like Microsoft did to IBM, Apple is quite willing to screw over those companies most interested in partnering with them.

Ultimately this resulted in an attitude regarding Microsoft that they couldn't be trusted, ever, under any conditions. To this day, no company "gladly" does business with Microsoft, but fearfully, afraid they will co-opt your ideas, or block them, on a whim whether self serving or just vindictive.

Is Jobs really interested in following this lead? Who is Darth Vader here, or Luke, or the Emperor?

Just think how nicely Open Source could put an end to these silly plot lines.

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