The rules are designed to try to prevent embezzlement
So...the rules designed to prevent spending more money than necessary that would end up in the pockets of people who'd have no business getting their hands on it in a sane world...cause more money than necessary being spent and ending in the pockets of other people who'd have no business getting their hands on it in a sane world? *double facepalm*
Objective-C and Cocoa continue to be great, and produces far better quality apps than on exist on Android.
Engineers produce applications, not languages. I'd argue that engineers provide quality apps for iOS despite Objective-C, and not because of it.
But the "oh there's something new coming along so the old thing must be crap" game is juvenile.
Except the "old thing" is practically from the 1980s. And even back then, there were even better languages than the chimeric mixture of C and Smalltalk. This is not some "juvenile game", e.g., Google is abandoning C++ for basically the same reasons why Objective-C is crap. The compilers are never going to be fast as long as every file #includes tens of thousands of lines of code dozens of time. The code that will have to extract knowledge from the files instead of from reasonably formatted separately-compiled module metadata (a thing solved back in the 1970's, for gods' sake!) to assist the editors and the ancillary tools like code analyzers will have the same problems. I hate to say it, but even Microsoft's
Not on school networks it's not.
And the devices don't work anywhere else, of course...
The topic is schools. Not computer science/software engineering at university.
Yes, because people not even being ever confronted with programming before enrolling into a university course is the optimal approach to STEM promotion.
Compared to the technical capabilities of iOS and OSX, Android and Chrome are the crapfest of the century.
Apple hasn't been able to provide programmers with a decent consistent and modern language for over a decade. That alone means that the Apple stuff doesn't set a bar of any significant height to leap over.
Porn is viewable in the browser these days. No hacker tools is a major crippling factor in iOS in any educational settings. No in-process compilation => no JIT-equipped programming learning environments, no LuaJIT, no hosted Oberon or any similar environment, no nothing. Programming tools only for iOS? Only on an expensive Mac. How do you run your own apps on your device? You pay $99/year on every device you want to run them on?
Compared to the technical capabilities of Android and Chrome OS, iOS is the crapfest of the century.
How are they better than an iPad with a proper hardware keyboard?
For one thing, Google doesn't limit you with what you can technically do on the machine to the extent that Apple does.
Can the students even install and use a proper compiler
Most certainly, once someone takes his time to build one.
or something like AutoCAD? Photoshop?
You'd have to ask Autodesk or Adobe about that, respectively.
"laptop" that no one can do anything except be forced to Google cloudservices to even login
You really think your ignorance of the range of possible Chrome OS configurations is bliss?
Or, it could be because GDocs isn't a real word processor
Don't worry, It should be perfectly possible to compile TeX for Chrome OS.
The students can't install much on those machines, and in fact I think they can be locked down so that no apps can be installed at all.
Unlike the Apple iOS devices where whole classes of applications were banned outright by Apple even before it got into the admins' hands, not matter who buys them...