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This is great and all, especially in light of the antics that take place on Google Maps. But this isn't the problem. The problem is that practically nothing is in the database (it can't find any store within 2km of me).   And that database is closed. At least Google has Places.   This was a golden opportunity for Apple to make a single, open, free POI system that everyone used.
Maybe you should google me up. Land reshaping typically costs maybe $0.10 per Watt on large installs. The big on in Sarnia was less than that. You'll spend more on wire.
 That sounds fishy. Right now industrial-scale solar farms are going in for about $1.80 a watt, all-in. 17.5 x 1.80 = $31.5. Even with the trackers they like to use, this still sounds like its more than it should be.
Yeah, but that's the forum software doing it, not the iOS stuff. That's going to work on one system and not another. I want it *everywhere*. Especially the Wiki.
So Apple used to have something called WebScript, which, contrary to anything you might divine from the name, was an Obj-C interpreter. It was also almost useless, because it didn't have pointers, so your "real" Obj-C code didn't run properly (at least not in general). Why do I mention this? Because there are two missing pieces of the development puzzle on Cocoa, and Swift solves one of them. As noted in the demos, Swift can run immediately, right there. This leaves the...
Swift eliminates pointers, and appears to do so at a fundamental level - they're not just hiding the *'s. So while I fully expect you'll be able to USE C code in a Swift application, I doubt the mapping will be as invisible as it is in Obj-C. But so far, I can't find out how to do it *at all*.
Technically, there's no difference. Indeed, it appears that this system works on file exchange, and therefore would not work with web forms. But think about how much you type into web forms these days. Like this one.
Big deal. The question is whether they also send over the content of edit fields, like the one I'm typing into now. My major workflow issue is starting a response on a web page on my iPhone, and then deciding I'd like to move to the desktop because it's going to be long. If they solve that problem, I'll buy another iPhone.
I would much prefer a different next step, which they kinda sorta have with those interactive debuggers - I'd like to directly link the GUI builder to the code, similar to but better than .net/VB. Ideally I'd like the ease of HyperCard in terms of moving from the GUI to the code that runs it. I think that is a much greater barrier to easy development and THEN you'd be ready for the jump to iOS. I mean, can you imagine storyboards on a iPad? *shudder*.
It could also increase program size and complexity. Optionality also implies nullability, which means that you can use a simple scalar type to box to an object, but have to include flags as well. Personally I don't know if this is a real issue or not, but its the one that leaves bits of crud like this in a number of languages.
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