Sunday, March 09, 2008

It Seems Sun is intending to port Java to the iPhone!

This is gonna be interesting! I don't know if Apple have legal constraints for the
development of a Virtual Machine for the iPhone, considering that IMHO a VM isn't a application at all

Here are some comments concerning the article :

"Will there be an iPhone emulator for NetBeans, too? This is really great news, it means I can bring my entire portfolio of mobile content to the iPhone without having to dust off my crufty 1994 Objective-C manuals. Go JAVA"!

It reinforces my theory that Java programmers don't dig Objective-C. Obj-C kicks ass! Go OBJ-C!!!

"What a crock. Safari runs interpreted code. And you can argue that any half-decent game with AI logic and loadable levels runs interpreted code. Sounds like Apple just reserves the right to be jerks to products that undercut their distribution control, because you can bet that Java apps that can be downloaded over the net connection won't be sold through the App Store."

Everyone knows that Apple tends to have the SaaS approach when developing some of their products... they want to get a piece of the cake in therms of software. Control is needed when we are dealing with cell-phone content.
I don't see the fact concerning the "VM prohibition" as a threat for developing scripted game code. If you don't use a bloated scripting language it is totally possible. I think we can embed a Lua interpreter to any C-based program without big efforts..

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