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MacBytes
Sep 25, 2008, 05:16 PM
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rijiMacDij
Sep 25, 2008, 05:29 PM
I've never developed anything so slap me down if I'm out of line here.....

If I'd just spent months and thousands building a new app only to have it rejected I would be very unhappy. I think Apple should be more instructive about the reasons your app may be rejected, but as this is al new and evolving I suppose it's a bit too hard.

I also believe Apple will scare off a lot of great developers with their recent behaviour. They can be vague with their terms and conditions, then reject your killer app based on some previously unused reason, only to "acquire" your idea and build it themselves.

From my observations over the years Apple seems to have cherry-picked the 3rd party developers better ideas and built them onto OS X.

jstanier
Sep 25, 2008, 05:44 PM
As a developer I never read anywhere about possible rejection of apps that competed with Apple's own, but then again I probably didn't comb the T&C's finely enough.

I still don't really understand the NDA - the SDK can be downloaded freely to allow anyone to poke around in the documentation and the classes, so I don't understand why talking about it is such a sin. Developers being able to talk to other developers on forums usually (well, sometimes) helps with the quality of the applications being made, and help to be given in places where the documentation falls short.

I've certainly spent a lot of time reading parts of the documentation that didn't really make sense, and finding nothing on Google about that particular API function call. Finding little pointers and guides when programming in Java is really easy, most of the time (http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/uiswing/).

When the NDA is lifted, perhaps everyone will be filled in on exactly why it's there. Currently, I don't really know.

mkrishnan
Sep 25, 2008, 05:53 PM
I'll shill my usual suggestion for a Jailbreak Marketplace system to allow developers to sell apps installed through Cydia, Installer, or the like. Makes everyone more or less happy.

SuperMacMan
Sep 25, 2008, 07:24 PM
As the support guy for Podcaster, the now-famous rejected app, I feel real angry with Apple.
First, they rejected the App, with no REAL, DECENT explanation.
Second, they've blocked the developer from issuing any more new Ad-Hoc spaces. Therefore rendering the dev's idea of selling the app useless.
Now the developer is FOCED to recompile and launch this app for Cydia, and the Jailbreak community, to enjoy. Is that what they REALLY want, EVERYONE Jailbreaking their devices?!

I for one have never Jailbroken. Will be now, as I have to to be able to support the users who will be using the jailbroken version... Grrr....

SuperMacMan