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RevMobile, even the Hypercard-style tool is not usable for developing for iPhone OS

In April of this year, Apple modified one of the clauses of the iPhone Developer Program license agreement (the program dedicated to developers) preventing programmers from using third-party development software (other than Apple), requiring that applications are written exclusively in Objective-C, C ++ or JavaScript.

There has been a lot of talk about the clash between Apple and Adobe and the impediment imposed by Cupertino on the compiler that allowed to bring Flash applications to the iPhone but it should not be forgotten that the famous clause 3.3.1 of the license agreement for the iPhone Os development kit also affects other software houses and not just Adobe. Kevin Miller, CEO of RunRev, a company that develops a cross platform development tool very similar to Apple's old Hypercard, published the situation in the company blog in light of the new clause and made it known that, despite being proposed to Apple a system that would have created 100% Cocoa applications (usable in multitaskng and without affecting battery life, indistinguishable from native applications), the development system was not accepted. Miller does not seem disappointed but obviously has a bad taste in his mouth and points out that Jobs himself, to a response from a shareholder during a meeting, said it would be a good idea if someone had made available a development tool for the iPad in Hypercard style.

Miller is bitter because some interesting ideas can no longer be completed: Euro Talk Interactive, one of the software house customers, is for example developing a project for the use of educational applications that could potentially have brought thousands of iPads to schools in Malawi . This type of application does not make much sense to develop them in Objective-C or JavaScript and it is likely that the company will now try to develop alternative tablet software.

If the RunRev application actually generates 100% Cocoa code, the software house could continue to commercialize the development tool, even without the agreement of Apple, but Miller claims that it would still violate the disputed clause since in the latter clearly indicated that the original development tools usable by programmers must be among those approved by Apple. Miller concludes that the company will focus in the future on development tools for platforms alternative to the iPhone OS, such as Android.RevMobile, we remember it, already now a cross-platfrom tool that allows you to develop applications not only for iPhone but also for Maemo (Nokia smartphones) and Windows Mobile.

(By Mauro Notarianni)