Live, via satellite from around the world, it’s Developer Week in Review, with your correspondent, Buff Overflow.
Apple policies rile developers (again)
Developers certainly seem to be getting fed up with Apple’s dictatorial control of the App Store, and the new subscription and in-app purchase restrictions may push them over the edge. If Apple wants to avoid appearing to play favorites, they will need to apply the policy uniformly, which could put some very popular iPhone apps in jeopardy. For example, you can purchase and download audio books with Audible’s app, and I can’t see them agreeing to give up 30% of their gross income to Apple for the privilege. With companies big and small screaming for blood, and the FTC threatening to take a closer look, this may be one App Store policy that needs to be put back on the shelf.
Meanwhile, Google is rolling out their own subscription model, but it’s unclear who the intended audience would be. Android apps?
Oh yah, and there’s evidently an announcement about something called an iPad 2 happening next week …
Ubuntu: Distribution on the edge?
All eyes (well, some eyes … ok, my eyes) were turned this week toward Canonical, as some reports indicate that the formerly peace-loving Linux distro may be on a path toward more business-minded actions.
Agree or disagree with the premise of the article, but it’s a good jumping off point for a conversation about just where the future of Linux distributions lie. With Ubuntu and Red Hat the two most public symbols of Linux, has the “pure” roots of Linux (such as Debian) been lost? Is Linux just another commercial operating system now, with an open source development model?
Is obscenity ruining our developers?
Your twenty-something PHP developer sits alone at a terminal, reviewing git commits. Seems innocent enough, but do you really know what your programmer is looking at? The answers may shock and disturb you.
Here’s an interesting analysis of git commit messages (not comments in code, as Slashdot erroneously reported), looking at swear frequency by programming language.
That was the developer week that was. Please send tips or leads here.