Regarding the Use of Java for iPhone App Development

Robert Scoble suspects Steve Jobs of “sandbagging” with regarding to allowing third-party software developers to write apps for the iPhone. Scoble writes:

I think Steve is trying to get a better deal from Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems. After all, Java already is running on a billion phones.

Jobs may well be spinning with his statements regarding third-party iPhone apps in general (and I hope he is), but his disdain for Java is completely straightforward. Java is no more relevant to iPhone app development than it is to Mac app development. iPhone apps are written in Cocoa and are designed specifically for the iPhone user interface. Cross-platform crippity-crap Java apps would stick out just as sorely on the iPhone as they do on the Mac.

Thursday, 18 January 2007