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C++ on the iPhone - Journal of Omnifarious

Aug. 22nd, 2009

05:11 am - C++ on the iPhone

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While I do not recommend that anybody develop anything for the iPhone, I was recently investigating something about it.

I would like to repeat that I do not recommend that anybody develop anything because Apple's policies make it questionable as to whether or not your app will ever make it to the app store at all. They have no compunctions about refusing apps for the most bizarre of reasons, and even worse, refusing apps because either Apple or AT&T perceives them as somehow competing.

If you want to develop for a mobile phone platform, go for the Android. That is a clear and open market.

That being said, I did have reason to investigate C++ on the iPhone recently, and I came across these 3 well-written articles by someone who's tried to develop C++ on several different mobile phone environments. I would like to point to them here because other people looking for this information should be able to find it easily, and so I can find it easily.

So yes, it appears the iPhone does C++ just fine. That guy was promising to write more on how Objective-(C/C++) and C++ mixed. But I don't think he ever got around to it.

Current Mood: [mood icon] curious
Current Music: Flatlands - Delerium

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From:mysticalforest
Date:August 22nd, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Bizarre? Looks like someone hasn't read Apple's response to the FCC.

You're overreacting, methinks.
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From:omnifarious
Date:August 22nd, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)

Well, there is this too

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Apple Response To The FCC About Google Voice Is "A Total Lie"

Of course, none of that matters to me. I was of that exact opinion well before this whole thing. I knew something like that would happen because when a company exercises that much control over a platform, the temptation to do so at the expense of their customers becomes overwhelming.

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From:mysticalforest
Date:August 22nd, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Well, there is this too

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I don't quite understand—if it doesn't matter why'd you bring it up?
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From:omnifarious
Date:August 23rd, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)

Re: Well, there is this too

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I didn't directly. You inferred it from my statement.

I will admit that's the only instance I know of an app being refused because it competes with AT&T, but it isn't the first time I've heard of an app being refused because it competes with Apple. Why is there no other music player for the iPhone than iTunes? I'm sure it's not because nobody has made any. And I know someone made an alternative mail application that was denied because "it duplicates significant existing functionality" i.e. it competes. So my statement wss in general and not really about that specific instance.

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From:omnifarious
Date:August 23rd, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)

A better and more detailed set of comments about Apple's response

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The Truth: What’s Really Going On With Apple, Google, AT&T And The FCC

So, perhaps AT&T didn't play a role. *shrug* From an app developers standpoint does it really matter exactly who is reponsible for getting your app rejected?

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