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iPhone’s Safari Is This Generation’s Internet Explorer 6

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Peter-Paul Koch has won international renown with his browser compatibility research and is the man with opinions about mobile web. Here is one of his opinions: mobile Safari is this generation’s Internet Explorer 6, and will be hated by future webdevs.

No matter how much better the iPhone/iPad/iPod might be as a mobile browsing experience, developing content that only works on those devices, ignores everything else, is a backward step.

The iPhone has become an obsession. If we don’t pay attention, we’ll have a mobile web that only works on the iPhone. And then we’ll have the real mobile web that wasn’t made by us and doesn’t give a shit about web standards and best practices. Worse, it seems web developers are happy with this state of affairs.

Mentioning Nokia is the mark of the rude boor. The man of discernment mentions the iPhone. And mentions it and mentions it and mentions it. And then mentions the iPad, to show he is open to non-iPhone devices. The bigger the better.

Peter-Paul notes that too many webdevs are concentrating on optimizing for MobileSafari , even though there are a lot more platforms out there, that they can work with. The same thing happened back in 2000, when Internet Explorer 6 was the most popular browser, but today webdevs from all around the world are trying to get rid of it once and for all.
[via CoM]

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Microsoft Offers Bing SDK to iPhone Developers

August 28, 2009 Leave a comment

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Microsoft has posted the Bing iPhone and Mac OS X SDK for developers to utilize, according to a post on the Bing Community Blog.

The Bing iPhone and Mac SDK is available for download on CodePlex, open source under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL).

The SDK provides:
* The ability to easily query Bing from within your Cocoa or Cocoa Touch application.
* Perform both synchronous and asynchronous queries.
* Search Bing for Web, Image, Video, News, and Phonebook results.

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Microsoft tries to get iPhone developers to port their apps to windows mobile

August 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Redmond has put together a case study on porting an iPhone App to Windows and are showing it off to other application developers in the hopes of attracting the legions of programmers who have flocked to the iPhone and its development environment.
The application in question is called Amplitude (iTunes link) and is described as:

Amplitude is a fun application that enables users to amplify sound from their surroundings. With real-time graphical representation of sound picked up by the microphone, Amplitude users can adjust the volume/gain on their microphones to amplify sounds, such as animal heartbeats, environmental sounds, distant bird calls, tiny sounds from mechanical devices, and a host of other sounds that might otherwise go unnoticed.

So this App takes sound in from the mic port and puts it though to the headphones with an equalizer. We’re not professional programmers but that doesn’t sound like rocket science, more like something that would take a professional programmer a few hours to build from scratch. Porting using this complex process would probably take longer…and since it is so simple (and doesn’t use advanced OpenGL graphics) it sounds like a bad example to follow on more complex apps.
[via 9To5 Mac]

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