Saturday, September 20, 2014

Recent Article About Swift Confirms Apple's Position

I really do hate being right sometimes.  I believe that's enough said on the subject, don't you?  All I know now is that action must be taken.   The era of closed source languages is over and has been for some time.

Monday, September 15, 2014

ToDo for GNUstep

My personal todo list on GNUstep at the moment in no particular order:

  1. XIB v5 support, currently working on this.
  2. Complete XIB/NIB creation via Gorm
  3. NSMetadata classes
    1. Involves looking into GWorkspace to see how metadata is extracted for files and to separate this functionality out.
  4. Printing on Windows. Integration with PrintDlg and GDI Printing API on Windows.
  5. Fix issues in buildtool/xcodebuild clone.
  6. WebKit implementation/Browser using CEF+elements of SWK
  7. Class Parser bugs fixed for ProjectCenter.

Friday, June 06, 2014

GNUstep's position on Swift

I wanted to make this post to make it clear to the community regarding GNUstep's position on the new Swift language.    If the language is released as open source then GNUstep will fully support it.  If it is, however, not released as open source then we will either take steps to create an implementation ourselves or provide any assistance needed to a group of people other than ourselves who are willing to take that on.

I believe that the language itself is a good one and that it represents an opportunity for more people to take part in the OSX, iOS and GNUstep communities if it's properly done.

My previous post was to illustrate the dangers of lock-in if that is, indeed, Apple's intention.  Those warnings should not be construed as any condemnation of the language itself.  This post is not backpedaling, only a clarification of my previous position (see the comments in the previous post).

Wednesday, June 04, 2014


Swift is a new programming language developed by Apple as a replacement for Objective-C.   I've had some time to review the language by reading the iBook which Apple made available on it for free.   It seems to me that the language is very javascript  like in it's design and is a clear concession to those who don't like Objective-C's syntax.   The real purpose behind this language, however, is a little darker.  I believe that it's ultimate purpose is lock-in.   The more developers start using Swift the less they are going to be able to move to other platforms (such as Android).   

Please be cautious when using it and make sure that the only platform you wish to release on is iOS because that is very likely the decision you ARE making if you choose swift.

The language itself is a very nice language, the implications of it are what concern me.  Anything which impacts user/developer freedoms makes me concerned.

Friday, November 01, 2013

GNUstep Ohloh Stats

Here are the latest stats from Ohloh. :)

30 Day SummaryOct 2 2013 — Nov 1 2013

12 Month SummaryNov 1 2012 — Nov 1 2013

  • 1195 CommitsUp +159 (15%) from previous 12 months
  • 17 ContributorsDown -2 (10%) from previous 12 months

Monday, August 12, 2013

GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign

I started a GNUstep Kickstarter campaign, here:

Please go and take a look and contribute if you can.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Dangers Of Walled Gardens

Apple's current status with their development site illustrates just one of the many issues with walled gardens.   The most significant of which is the compromise if user freedoms.   The one illustrated by last weeks incident shows us just how much developers for the iPhone and Mac app stores are at Apple's mercy.   While this was inherently obvious it has never been more obvious than right now just how fragile this relationship always was.

The real evil of Apple's app store is not the app store itself, but the code signing technology that is tied to it.   Since Apple is the only entity which can approve binaries to run on iOS devices or to go into the iOS or Mac app stores it represents a single point of failure.   This is the true evil of it.  What happens if Apple goes away?   We're left with devices which can't be used since the mothership is now gone.  Is this right?

I only hope that this incident gives people who are enamored with this concept time to reflect on what it's weaknesses really are.  

Google has managed to implement an appstore without much of the evil that is inherent in Apple's implementation and, even though Google may have done some evil with the NSA, at least it didn't do quite as much evil as Apple did in this particular instance.