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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language? 316

Posted by timothy
from the two-roads-diverge-but-do-they-loop dept.
macs4all (973270) writes "I am an experienced C and Assembler Embedded Developer who is contemplating for the first time beginning an iOS App Project. Although I am well-versed in C, I have thus-far avoided C++, C# and Java, and have only briefly dabbled in Obj-C. Now that there are two possibilities for doing iOS Development, which would you suggest that I learn, at least at first? And is Swift even far-enough along to use as the basis for an entire app's development? My goal is the fastest and easiest way to market for this project; not to start a career as a mobile developer. Another thing that might influence the decision: If/when I decide to port my iOS App to Android (and/or Windows Phone), would either of the above be an easier port; or are, for example, Dalvick and the Android APIs different enough from Swift/Obj-C and CocoaTouch that any 'port' is essentially a re-write?"

Comment: Re:Wrong way to go about it? (Score 1) 250

by dynamo (#44250547) Attached to: DEF CON Advises Feds Not To Attend Conference

No. We are better than the NSA (low standard to rise to, but still). I know that was a joke but.. it's possible that non-feds might be caught up in this and it would really suck to be kicked out of defcon on the slightest suspicion. There needs to be some kind of test - something a fed would never do but a regular attendee would be glad to.. there are options.

Comment: Re:Where should we start? (Score 3, Insightful) 786

by dynamo (#43004577) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

Anti-Trust is a joke in this country, and a sad one at that.
Actually, I should say Anti-Trust was a joke back when we had it.
Now we have Too Big To Fail.

With the incentives in place now, we are well on our way to having One Big Company, invulnerable to laws it doesn't bother to follow even though it wrote them all, and paid for all the votes.

Comment: Re:Can any one help... (Score 1) 786

by dynamo (#43004453) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

"A bit of a Palestinian"??

Seriously, Anonymous Coward, that doesn't help clarify things at all. It's going to mean vastly different things to different people. Personally I find your analogy's implications offensive, but I won't go into detail because that would be following that distracting path further out into the woods.

Second, you have a typo missing a pretty important word - it should be "Linus does NOT want to do this in ideological grounds".

Also it's not so simple as it being an ideological objection. Linus argues that a major kernel addition that only runs binaries specifically and individually approved by a commercial entity with a history of actively trying to destroy linux, is perhaps a bad idea. He even uses the phrase "requires a lot more thought". Sure, later on he gets more angry and forceful in his arguments, but I agree with his decision here.

Trust and past behavior matter in human and corporate behavior - especially in the installation of a new system to manage trust at the very lowest core level of the operating system. Microsoft is has not proven to be, in my experience, technically competent or worthy of trust.

Comment: Re:If you can work remotely... (Score 1) 455

by dynamo (#42998359) Attached to: Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

Yeah but there's no reliable search engine for reliable people who can do the work from the other side of the planet, and there tend to be issues involved with international hires, including paperwork, time differences, and language/accent interpretations.

Besides what has an office got that isn't available on the other side of the planet too? They do have offices there.

Comment: Re:Noisy annoying environment (Score 4, Insightful) 455

by dynamo (#42998331) Attached to: Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

Damn right. I spent a decade in various cube farm environments, they are horrible, productivity-killing and soul-killing places. Never Again.
Cubes are just a half assed attempt to pretend people have privacy when they don't. give them tables, give them offices, or admit you don't have enough space.

Comment: Re:Legal and you know it, Ortiz doesn't (Score 2) 175

by dynamo (#42716625) Attached to: Aaron Swartz Case: Deja Vu All Over Again For MIT

No it wouldn't have been ok, not even might. I only know from hearing the stories of others, to be fair, but if I had gone to prison for 6 months on trumped up charges because of something I did to try to increase the amount of freedom in the world without profiting from it, I would not find that acceptable, fair, ok, worth living for, etc.

It is sad to realize/say this, but Swartz probably did the best thing he could have done to draw attention to his cause and try to get it fixed. I hope it makes a difference.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser