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Developer-hostile platform

“Paul Kafasis writes”:http://www.rogueamoeba.com/utm/2008/09/24/further-app-store-links/ on the Rogue Amoeba blog:

“I certainly feel like I’ve been talking about the iPhone a lot, particularly for a company that doesn’t currently have any iPhone software available. There are many reasons for that, but perhaps most important is that we believe the iPhone is a fantastically promising platform, and we don’t want to see that promise squandered.”

In some ways it feels like nothing has changed since March when I “posted here about the iPhone NDA”:http://www.manton.org/2008/03/iphone_sdk_and_ndas.html. I guess I’m disappointed that there hasn’t been more public conversation about building iPhone apps until now, but there’s definitely an attitude change just in the last few weeks — one in which fear of Apple’s lawyers is replaced with something closer to rebellion: posting sample code, blogging extensively, and abusing ad-hoc distribution. It’s right and healthy for developers to become as distrustful toward Apple as Apple has been hostile to developers.