Codetown ::: a software developer's community
Is Objective-C a step backwards in terms of memory management? Why does Apple use it despite advances in the language realm? I heard the other day that Java would give people some sort of unfair abilities in the App store. Not sure. But, people I know (Kevin Neelands, for one - check out his best selling Periodic Table of the Elements - free!) tell me Objective-C is agony in terms of pointer arithmetic. Thoughts?
I recently downloaded Scan, a QR-code decoder and Square, a credit card processing app from the App store. These apps are the best of the 21st century, IMHO. What are yours? Scan lets you scan a QR code (above) and it takes you directly to the embedded URL (or whatever - phone number, text, etc...) Square revolutionizes cellphone use for payment processing at less cost than PayPal. GasBuddy is a map based mashup. You'll see variations on these ideas in many apps to come.
I've used an Android phone and didn't like the GUI. Maps are clunky and maps are my favorite iPhone app. Many people tell me that, because I organize JUGs, I should be on an Android phone. I like the best available, so I go with iPhone. Even though I pay nearly $150/mo for my contract (includes one traditional phone at 800 min/mo ea).