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Comment: Re:I hope the article is right (Score 1) 315

by sporkmonger (#27120853) Attached to: Apple's iPhone Developer Crisis

GNUStep runs on Windows, and it's about 90% compatible with the Cocoa API. I think there is a demand for Apple stuff, not a demand for their unusual API.

As someone who's developed for Windows, Linux, and OS X, I think it's reasonably safe for me to say that this is true. There are a few people out there who genuinely do like the Cocoa API, but they are a very small minority, composed almost exclusively of Apple fanboys.

I should probably qualify that a little bit, though. Cocoa isn't terrible, and neither is Objective-C. I would much rather write GUI code with Cocoa/Obj-C than with C/C++. However, both Java (either SWT or Swing) and C# are (slightly) more pleasant to write code for. That said, you can't write iPhone apps in Java or C#, and neither Java GUI toolkit gives you a sufficiently native feel on OS X unless your app is extremely simple.

If given the option, I would happily switch to another language/toolkit if it gave me full equivalency to everything I've got in Cocoa, but without the pain of manual memory management and the arcane syntax of Obj-C.

Comment: Tell Obama that we want Carl (Score 1) 111

by sporkmonger (#27090799) Attached to: NY Bill Proposes Tax Credit for Open Source Developers

(a) the guy with the idea behind this bill was "open government", "open access to court records", "open source", "open everything" activist Carl Malamud, who was most recently in the news when Congressmen and Senators started picking up his thread about making PACER -- i.e. court records -- free (as in beer); and

Also, it should probably be noted that Carl Malamud is informally campaigning to be nominated as Public Printer of the United States.

Comment: Re:Cisco vs. Wash DC? (Score 1) 284

by sporkmonger (#26529009) Attached to: US CTO Choice Down To a Two-Horse Race
The government of D.C. may suck, but I'm pretty sure Vivek Kundra doesn't. He'd be my pick, without a shadow of a doubt. He's a pragmatist, and he doesn't get bogged down in the whole out-of-control requirements document stuff. That said... he's probably the closest thing you can get to a shill for Google, without actually being a shill for Google.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.