Last week, Joel wrote about Mac software developers:
“There are very few conditions under which it is actually the right business decision to develop software for the Macintosh. Developing for the Mac is not a whole lot different than creating a web site that only works on Netscape.”
Of course he gets some things wrong and misses the point on others. Luckily the comments in his discussion forum provided a good balance to his argument. Even Dave Winer jumped into the game this morning, bringing his perspective as a long-time Apple developer who embraced Windows development while Apple was suffering from vision and profitability problems in the 90s.
And then there’s Brent Simmons: “Why I develop for Mac OS X.” There’s also some good stuff in the comments below the essay. The essence of his argument is simple: Windows programming is boring.