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10 September 2010, 10:19

Rhomobile applauds Apple dropping App Store language restrictions

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RhoMobile, the company behind the open source mobile application development framework Rhodes, has said it's great news that Apple has dropped its restrictions on what development tools can be used to create iOS applications for the iPhone and iPad and appear in Apple's App Store.

The restrictions, which had come into effect in earlier this year, banned developers from writing applications for the iPhone in anything by Objective-C, C, C++ or JavaScript. The move was seen as an attempt to block Flash-based applications on the iPhone, but many other developers were potentially affected. For example, Rhomobile's Rhodes allows developers to write Ruby based applications for the iPhone and applications written with it could have potentially fallen foul of Apple's restrictions. Rhomobile say they saw no applications rejected but were pleased to get a phone call from Apple giving them news that the restrictions have been lifted.

Other well known developers joined in welcoming the changes in Apple's restrictions. Miguel De Icaza said he was "grateful to Apple and the Apple employees that helped make this happen". Novell's De Icaza leads the open source Mono project, a port of Microsoft's CLR and C# for non-Microsoft platforms, and leads the closed source commercial MonoTouch project which allows C# developers to write for the iPhone. Adobe have also restarted development of its closed source Flash packager for the iPhone.


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