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MacRuby Roundup: Ruby Apps Show Up in Mac AppStore, MacRuby in Lion, XCode 4 Support

by Werner Schuster on  Mar 31, 2011

The MacRuby team's busy working towards MacRuby 1.0, recently with the 0.10 release which adds XCode 4 support. Meanwhile, the first applications written using MacRuby have shown up in the Mac AppStore. Also: MacRuby seems to be part of the upcoming "Lion", Mac OS X 10.7.

Comparing Apple, Google and Microsoft

by Abel Avram on  Jan 14, 2011 3

A Gartner webinar (PDF) compares three major players in the software industry today - Apple, Google and Microsoft –, trying to see where they stand today, and how IT decisions will be affected by their competition with each other. TheOpenSourcery compared the same companies from a different perspective: agility and openness.

Amazon Launches the Appstore Developer Portal

by Abel Avram on  Jan 05, 2011

Amazon has announced the launch of the Appstore Developer Portal preparing the way for the upcoming Appstore for Android. The model used is different than Google’s Marketplace both regarding the review process and setting up the application price.

Updated: Oracle and Apple Announce OpenJDK Project for Mac OS X

by Charles Humble on  Nov 12, 2010 5

Apple have just announced that they will be working with Oracle on the OpenJDK project. As part of the deal Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for Java SE 7 on Mac OS X.

MacRuby Roundup: 0.7 Released, GCD-based Web Server, BridgeSupport

by Werner Schuster on  Oct 24, 2010

MacRuby 0.7 is out, with the usual performance and compatibility improvements, including Ruby 1.9.2 compatibility. To demonstrate MacRuby's tight integration with Snow Leopard's Grand Central Dispatch (GCD), the team has released ControlTower, a Rack-based web server. Also: with the new BridgeSupport, all native APIs can now be accessed and scripted.

Apple Deprecates Java

by Alex Blewitt on  Oct 21, 2010 51

As well as yesterday's back to the Mac presentation, Apple released a number of updates, including Java for 10.6 update 3, which brings the Java version to 1.6.0_22 and fixes numerous security holes. Significantly, though, in the release notes Apple signs its exit to the Java licensee space by making Java deprecated and hinting at its removal from 10.7 OSX Lion.

Apple Relaxes iPhone Development Tool and Data Sharing Restrictions

by Ron Bodkin on  Sep 09, 2010 6

Apple announced today that they "listened to our developers" and "we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code." They also announced that "for the first time we are publishing the App Store Review Guidelines to help developers understand how we review submitted apps."

Apple's "HTML 5 and Web Standards" Showcase Criticized for Not Being Standard At All

by Dio Synodinos on  Jun 06, 2010 6

Apple has created an HTML 5 Showcase that presents its vision for the next generation of the WWW. The fact that this page is only accessible using the Safari browser, while Apple advocates about web standards, has caused many to criticize the company’s lack of broader platform support.

MacRuby 0.6 With GCD and Threading Improvements, Fast Debugger, AOT

by Werner Schuster on  May 04, 2010

MacRuby 0.6 is available now, bringing debugging and vastly improved Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) support. A lot of the core functionality has been overhauled, such as a new String implementation and a new thread-safe Regex library which replaces Oniguruma. MacRuby's now considered stable for Cocoa development.

Microsoft Tips the Scale in Favor of HTML 5 and H.264

by Abel Avram on  Apr 30, 2010 1

Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager for Internet Explorer at Microsoft, has announced that IE9 will use only the H.264 standard to play HTML 5 video. Microsoft seems to have become very committed to HTML 5, while Flash loses even more ground. The announcement came the same day Steve Jobs detailed why Apple does not accept Flash on iPhone and iPad.

Reactions and Consequences of the iPhone Developer License Change

by Abel Avram on  Apr 12, 2010 9

There is a report saying that Apple has changed the iPhone Developer License to prohibit applications written in other languages than Objective-C, C or C++ or accessing the API “through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool”. Reactions abound and this change is likely to have rippling effects across the industry.

PhoneGap Brings Cross Platform Development Back to Mobile Platforms

by Werner Schuster on  Feb 22, 2010 1

PhoneGap allows to build cross platform mobile apps with HTML5 and Javascript; it has APIs for accessing camera, accelerometer, GPS, etc. The code is packaged into native apps which can be deployed via app stores. PhoneGap support includes iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Palm. InfoQ talked to one of the creators of PhoneGap, Brian LeRoux of Nitobi, about the current state of PhoneGap.

HTML5, H.264 and Flash roundup

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 05, 2010 1

Last week, InfoQ published a piece on YouTube offering HTML5 beta for its videos, in H.264 format. Shortly thereafter, Vimeo announced an HTML5 beta as well, also using H.264 as the video codec. However, Mozilla has come out against using H.264, whilst the recent iPad launch has focussed on the H.264 hardware decoding. Has Flash finally met its match?

MacRuby 0.5 Beta Brings JIT, AOT, GCD Support, Removes GIL

by Werner Schuster on  Oct 18, 2009

The first beta of MacRuby 0.5 is available, complete with a new VM, JIT and AOT - and without the GIL. InfoQ talked to the MacRuby core team about the state of MacRuby and whether there'll be a way to write Ruby apps for the iPhone using MacRuby.

Adobe Max Day One Wrap-Up

by Jon Rose on  Oct 06, 2009 1

On day one of Max, Adobe announced the upcoming availability of the Flash platform on a number of mobile devices. The availability of Flash on a wide range of devices is an important step forward for the Flash / Flex developer community.

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