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- Category: Mobile Development
- Published on Friday, 05 March 2010 09:08
When you get a chance, take a look at a recent article from InfoWorld: Where Android beats the iPhone. The author writes about his experience with the Google Nexus One and the Android platform from a developer's standpoint. What's interesting is his very accurate and honest comparison of Android development against Apple iPhone development - especially targeted at the Enterprise.
I have an article I haven't published that talks about why the iPhone platform is like it is and I hope to publish it soon (just need to give it another read and clean it up a bit) but what's clear is that decisions that Apple has made are getting ready to bite them in the ass. The InfoWorld article is just one of many that compares the iPhone with how easy it is to do very useful things on other devices. It's not that the iPhone can't do them - it's that Apple just won't let you do them. Here you have an amazing, sexy, capable device and so many of the smart and useful things that consumer and enterprise developers want or need to do on their iPhones are just not allowed.
I've been spending a lot of time lately working with companies and vendors who are building consumer and enterprise applications for the iPhone and other platforms. It's amazing to hear how many times these efforts have been thwarted merely by Apple's refusal to allow common behavior that is possible (I don't like to say allowed but that's basically the issue here) on every other smartphone platform on the market today. Developers are starting to revolt (look at what the developer of the Facebook application for the iPhone did a few months ago: here) and the market is going to turn away from the iPhone platform. This is going to happen only because of Apple's policies and in spite of the fact that it's a very cool, sexy and capable device.
The breadth of things you can do with the iPhone are being limited by the vendor, not by any limitations of the device. That's definitely going to hurt Apple in the market.
- Category: Mobile
- Published on Monday, 01 March 2010 21:35
I was at a meeting before Christmas and someone from Apple was presenting on the application development capabilities of the iPhone platform. What was interesting from the session was that Apple was touting all of these developer-related features that really didn't differ from the capabilities of the other major mobile platforms. For everything that he mentioned (with one exception) I could point to the exact same capability being available on the BlackBerry and other platforms. I'm not sure what was going on here - I guess he assumed he wasn't talking to a Developer audience (he really wasn't) and could get away with it.
The one exception? Background applications. Yep, most other platforms do it (heck, the Palm platform finally does) but the iPhone doesn't. I finally figured out why Apple doesn't allow background applications on the iPhone - I hope I get time to write about it soon. No, it's not for the reasons they say. I was really, really surprised that the guy could explain away the prohibition against background applications with a straight face, but he did. I guess he earned his pay that day.
Anyway, back to the purpose for this post. Apple really doesn't care about the mobile network. As you'll see in a post I'm writing for posting (hopefully) tomorrow, it's in Apple's best interest to have the most compelling application platform (they do). What they want is everyone developing for the iPhone and being upset because the same applications (I'm talking about the web here) just don't work well on other platforms (they don't). They want to be the leaders in the mobile application space (they are) and really don't care how they do it.
So, during this session with Apple, they explained that there's this cool new application you can download from the App Store that allows you to stream video from one iPhone to another. WHAT??? They're promoting device to device streaming video? Imagine being at your kid's school play and streaming the show to your spouse who couldn't make it? Wow, that's cool - but think about the network! The iPhone is already killing AT&T's network and now they're deploying an application that allows even more saturation of the network? Yep, that's it - they really don't care about the network. Someone in the audience raised his hand and asked about the impact this would have on an already saturated network and the guy from Apple rolled his eyes, placed his hands behind his back and refused to answer. He just stood there for a little while until someone asked another question. Is that amazing or what?
Implementing any features that makes better (read 'reduced') use of the network would reduce performance for the user and therefore impact the user's overall experience with the platform. Users would get snappier applications, increased battery life and would ultimately be able to do more with their devices, but that's not 'cool' or market leading. Carriers would get less complaints about the network and more users would be able to get more done at the same time, but it only affects one Wireless Carrier in the US so how bad could that be?
The best thing that could happen to AT&T and iPhone users would be for other US Wireless Carriers to get the iPhone as well. When all Wireless Carriers and users are being affected by this disregard for the network I bet we'd see the market force some changes on Apple to make the iPhone (and soon the iPad) play nice with others.
Disclaimer: Recognizing that I work for AT&T, the content in this article is my personal opinion only and does not reflect the opinion or public voice of AT&T.
- Category: Miscellaneous
- Published on Wednesday, 24 February 2010 11:48
- Category: Miscellaneous
- Published on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 22:02
- Category: Miscellaneous
- Published on Friday, 12 February 2010 06:00
There's something up with the site, it's not rendering correctly.The home page seems OK, but when you drill into any of the categories it's broken. Ouch!
I tried to install a FeedBurner module yesterday and now everything's hokey. I'll see what I can do to fix this.
Update: I've been poking and prodding at this and I just can't figure it out. It's not only this site that's broken, but all of my Joomla sites being hosted on fatcow.com. I asked FatCow for help and what I got in response was this:
In Joomla Configuration settings, we have disabled and enabled 'Search Engine Friendly URLs', 'Use Apache mod_rewrite' ,'Add suffix to URLs' and set .htaccess file, still the website links loads with broken themes. It appears that you had installed any new joomla modules or plugins. Please disable those plugins and check the website functionality from your end.
Which is effectively telling me nothing. Yes, I have added extensions, but when I opened the ticket I told them I disabled everything and it didn't change anything.
The admin functions are working great and the home page renders correctly. It's just when you open any other of the site that isn't working correctly. The content appears, but none of the templating is applied. I'll continue to troubleshoot this, but I'm moving this week, so my time is limited (sorry). I'll also keep begging FatCow to help me figure this out. They mentioned they changed directory permissions all of a sudden SugarCRM is working but my Joomla and vBulletin sites aren't.
- Category: IBM Lotus Domino
- Published on Tuesday, 09 February 2010 17:31
A lot of people have asked me to post the slide deck from my Lotusphere 2010 Beyond the Browser: Building Rich Client Applications for Domino (AD114) session. I wasn't sure whether I was allowed to post it, but I received the following confirmation from the track manager:
"Attendees can download whole tracks from Lotusphere online so please direct them there if for some reason they are not aware. For non-attendees, you can post the slides on your site."
So, that being said, the presentation is attached to the end of this article
The session was a lot of fun although the Demo Gods rained trouble on me. I was prepared for that and had finished demos ready, so nobody left without seeing how it worked. That didn't stop people from complaining about it in their session evaluations though. Oh well, sometimes you just can't win. I'm making some progress on the Android sample application I showed a part of in the session. I should have that done in a few weeks (need to finish my move to North Carolina first). Stay tuned.
- What Were They Thinking #5
- I Love it When Bob Cringely Gets Mad
- Android Development Trials/Woes
- AT&T Public Policy Blog
- Lotusphere 2010 Files Posted
- Android Application Demo for Lotusphere
- Android Emulator Access to LocalHost
- Battery Bit
- Quick Book Sale at Lotusphere
- My Book is on sale at Lotusphere 2010