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Wil Shipley Discusses the Lack of iPhone SDK

Apple could have simply said that they were working on a real SDK and that AJAX would be a good temporary fix

First, go read his blog post.

I think we'd all be able to stomach the lack of SDK if Apple gave us the impression that they were working on it. Instead of throwing the AJAX pacifier at us and saying "Sweet.", they could have simply said that they were working on a real SDK and that AJAX would be a good temporary fix. Everyone understands how difficult it is to make an SDK that is secure, stable, reliable, and won't cause programmer-introduced bugs to reflect poorly on Apple. They could have made it, as Wil suggests, that you could void the warranty on your phone in order to run third party code. This would be fine by me and I might actually go out and buy one of these things if I could get an SDK in exchange for no tech support.

I've done a lot of development in the past for various incarnations of Windows Mobile, including Windows CE, and Windows Mobile 3.0 all the way through to some experimenting with Windows Mobile 6.0. One of the huge selling points of this mobile OS to me was that I could run .NET code on it. Sure, the Compact Framework is smaller and has limitations that the full framework doesn't have, but it's still .NET and still C# - which means I get to re-use a huge majority of my existing knowledge if I want to write code for mobile devices, including smart phones and PDA phones.

Oh well, here's to hoping that the "Sweet" AJAX SDK will eventually be replaced by a "Real" SDK that uses a trimmed down version of Cocoa and Objective-C. Until then, my mobile development will remain firmly rooted in Windows Mobile - much to my chagrin considering the fact that the iPhone looks like a developer's dream...but this dream isn't currently coming true.

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Kevin Hoffman, editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's iPhone Developer's Journal, has been programming since he was 10 and has written everything from DOS shareware to n-tier, enterprise web applications in VB, C++, Delphi, and C. Hoffman is coauthor of Professional .NET Framework (Wrox Press) and co-author with Robert Foster of Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Development Unleashed. He authors The .NET Addict's Blog at .NET Developer's Journal.

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I think we'd all be able to stomach the lack of SDK if Apple gave us the impression that they were working on it. Instead of throwing the AJAX pacifier at us and saying 'Sweet.', they could have simply said that they were working on a real SDK and that AJAX would be a good temporary fix. Everyone understands how difficult it is to make an SDK that is secure, stable, reliable, and won't cause programmer-introduced bugs to reflect poorly on Apple. They could have made it, as Wil suggests, that you could void the warranty on your phone in order to run third party code. This would be fine by me and I might actually go out and buy one of these things if I could get an SDK in exchange for no tech support.

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