…these are two very different platforms, with very different use types, very different hardware, very different software, and very different users, honestly.
And its important that you leave yourself the freedom with your expectations, your customers’ expectations, and your development philosophy to do things on a platform even if other platforms can’t do it.
He’s speaking about mobile development, specifically about iOS vs Android, and my thoughts parrot his. You build to the strengths of a platform, because doing it any other way means that at some point, you are appealing to the lowest common denominator. You will be abusing or outright avoiding conventions set throughout the rest of the OS in order to maintain some line of “consistency” between two versions of the same app.
If a platform doesn’t have strengths that appeal to you, or you aren’t willing to spend time with the platform to discover what strengths it may even have, you should really reconsider developing for said platform, rather than delivering a sub-standard product for the sake of shipping.
That’s not what [the patent system] is for.
The system is not [there] to protect us.
It’s a system for big companies to fight with each other…
…and for a bunch of ridiculous lawyers to make way too much money leeching off of [software developers’] creativity.
The entire segment he did on Patent Law was probably the most succinct and well articulated vocalized summary of the situation for indie developers I’ve heard.
It basically boils down to this (this is me, not Marco):
Even if Apple’s growth soon slows, Apple already reaps a massive share of the industry’s profits. And if Apple’s growth doesn’t slow in the next year or two, look out. All of Apple’s competitors in the phone industry, save Samsung, are now starving for profit. They’re dying, all of them — HTC is breaking even and the rest are deep in the red.
The iPad is growing faster than the iPhone. The Mac already owns the $999-and-over market (where the margins are), and the iPad owns the tablet market (where the growth is). The PC market is quickly heading to where the phone market already is.
Microsoft Surface is not fundamentally about Microsoft needing to control the entire integrated product in order to compete with the iPad on design. It’s about Microsoft needing to sell the whole thing
Its sad (and a little scary) to me that they just concluded Season 5 of The Big Bang Theory. I consider it the new Friends and one of the most consistently funny shows I’ve ever seen. I’m hoping we get another five years. Its pretty awesome knowing that we have at least another two.
Barack Obama (via newsweek)
Should this really surprise anyone? That said; I’m glad its on the official record now. Now if his civil rights and privacy polices would just move back into something of a liberal direction…