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I'm not disagreeing with you, but on the other hand, lately computing has become about building products and applications, particularly business products. It has become less about computing, that is exploring new ways of thinking and developing new languages and environments in which to express that thinking. I'd like to see a trend in the industry that makes computing about computing again. Apple's new approach should be a step in this direction.
ALGOL... the first and best systems programming language. Beats C hands down, and is still used for Burroughs systems programming on Unisys equipment (the machines which don't need assembler or structured assemblers such as C). C is now old and outdated and should be taken out and shot.
Is Jobs still on a $1 salary? You can't characterize any company that way. In Apple's case, they genuinely are interested in good design of both hardware and software. So your comment is silly. Making lots of money is a just reward for good products, not the other way around.
Competition is also a bad thing in software development. Enlightened and agile software development says to break down the barriers. That is, you don't have analysts and designers vs programmers, with the analysts disappearing after paper documents are thrown over the wall to the programmers. No agile says there should be a continuation of process that people should take responsibility for the whole project, thus feel motivated. In this case, contrary to what I said...
Well, the ultimate goal of competition is to kill the competition right. So there is no competition. So the pro-competition people just vanished in a puff of their own logic!
No, anonymouse has stated the truth very succinctly. It is naive to believe that competition is just good. Competition leads to clashes over resources in which the resource itself is often diminished leading to further clashes. Wastage is maximized. Cooperation (often maligned as socialism or communism) means that a resource is shared with wastage minimized. Competition is good in so far as it motivates the competitors to do better and thus satisfy more customers....
Most people aren't content creators. And even those of us who are content creators are content consumers most of the time. Content consumers can publish small snippets of information, hence sites like Facebook and Twitter. However, you may as well get used to the fact that tablet devices are more about content consumption than creation. That seems to be the market analysis behind this, and I think it's right. Maybe detractors are right that so much content uses Flash (as...
iTunes 9.1.1 - this must have been an emergency update in the US!
So, why is most of the code written in C? With reference to previous comment, C is certainly not 'modern', but it is not a resource hog because it does not do mandatory checks to save us from things like viruses, etc. This is because C came out of a low-level telecommunications mindset, rather than a 'modern' high-level programming mindset. Oh well.
Agreed. Like Burroughs before it (well Alan Kay was a student of Bob Barton), Apple looks at the interplay of software with hardware to make something that is useful. The geeks simply never get it - but their arguments have thus far been very persuasive in a naive market. The market is not so computer naive anymore so is wising up to these idiots.
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