An amazing rant-comment by “wast334” on The Verge’s post about Instapaper 4.2, which I hope he won’t mind me posting in its entirety:
While I don’t fully fault you for indulging in this kind of app, due to reasons, it’s good to hear that finally someone has recognized this issue, instead of blindly and dangerously praising these ‘developers’. The problem with iOS developers, and indeed all OS X developers, are that they all carry this sense of superiority and disregard of the efforts of those who program for other platforms. They claim on their high horse by bragging and flashing ‘design’ and eye-candy.
Contrast this with true developers writing for real life daily use platforms, who develop for functionality and the user, not trying to take control of the user.
Marco is actually a part of the Apple cult along with Gruber and the rest of them. These guys have no idea what actual software development is actually like. For this you truly need to look beyond the closed box that is Objective-C, Cocoa, and look out into the world of real languages. These guys won’t have the mindset to code natively in C/C++, for widely adopted frameworks such as .NET, utilizing modern languages like C#. They will not be able to write cross platform code using Java, and hence their inherent hate for Android (of course that is just a side reason for hating, we all know what the real reasons are).
Due to this lack of ability to comprehend development at a mature level they will onot be able to really do any web development using things such as PHP, Python, or fully understand and appreciate true RDBMS, as they stick to their Core Data hand-holding playground.
All these “delightful” frameworks, built upon a very questionable language, being forced to use and pay for official development tools and being mostly locked into these without any other free alternative. Indeed, look at any Mac OS X development program out there, they are all paid. All made by developers with the same close-minded goals and appreciations. Yet none of them can even appreciate the origin of their sugar coated painted kingdom.
Stolen open source projects rebranded by license exploitation by their one true ruler they all look up to. This is after all how the fruit flavored bunch operate, by stealing. Good riddance for companies like Google who saved WebKit from ruining the web world, otherwise we would have all these stupid -web-kit tags everywhere.
I could go on but I will just say that be careful about these evangelists. Their only reason for existence or high profile is this. Nothing else. You all need to start reading accounts of true innovators, such as Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman. These are all people who do not give a crap about making a fame in the world, they are there to help the world. And finally, you are better off using Windows anyway.,
Thanks again for finally seeing this problem.
Hi, I’m Marco, Apple-cult member and Instapaper author.
I have no idea what actual software development is like, although I’ve worked full-time as a software engineer for the last 8 years since graduating from college with a computer science degree. I’ve only been working full-time in the closed box of Objective C for the last year and a half — before that, I coded full-time in real languages.
I’ve never visited the Core Data hand-holding playground, but it sounds fun. Instead, the Instapaper app’s database layer is written directly against SQLite’s C API. The server-side code is all in PHP, and before moving to the sugar coated painted kingdom, I spent 4 years writing the PHP back-end code to a little site to handle thousands of dynamic requests per second. Before that, I wrote enterprise search software in C.
Nice to meet you. I’m sorry our cult makes you so upset. I hope you can find happiness.