I really don’t understand if Apple and iPhone is all about being trendy and trashing your money (for the customer) and becoming popular and rich with iBeer and iFart (for the developer), or actually doing something useful (well, there must be something useful that gets you rich ;-) )

Anyway, it turned out that if you can’t write in Objective-C (and here please allow me to be a bad boy: if you really can’t, i would suggest you go doing something different than a programmer), you may now write iPhone Apps with HTML and Javascript, for a mere $99 using this NimbleKit by VolnaTech.

The whole story feels like it doesn’t fit at all to me! :(
Having just noticed that you may write DHTML fully featured apps using OpenLaszlo or some DHTML libraries/toolkits, it just p*ss me off to see that if you want to make money, you must buy this $99 tookit (seems to me a kind of a bluff).

Hey, I mean no offense to the VolnaTech guys: they’ve been very smart and very hard programmers to make this possible. And I see nothing wrong in making money from your hard working, especially if we’re talking about the iPhone App Store (you can make thousands from iBeer!).

But please, let me explain these simple facts:

  • iPhone does not support Flash (among the thousand other missing features), and this is ok, cause Flash may be so nasty with CPU, battery and users, that it’s not a very bad idea. But this make one think: why that? Something to do with the fact that you will buy Apps?
  • to develop something for the iPhone you must pass thru a Mac, thru a $100 fee and thru the Apple approval (yes, we’re good guys and do not want to jailbreak). Seen the above doubt?
  • iPhone Safari has a native support for DHTML

Now, the only really missing thing for making a DHTML app on iPhone is the offline mode (with the local data storage): otherwise one may just make a 320×240 web page with almost anything possible in it and the result will be exactly the same app as a real one.
Well, given that i don’t know if a DHTML Safari app can handle multi-touch (sure there is a way), of course I don’t know a way to interface the GPS and the Webcam with a web-page (but who knows… maybe there’s a way)

Well, I do not have a Mac (so don’t have XCode and the iPhone SDK), but my idea is: make a simple iPhone App FOR FREE (and even if it’s not for free, jesus, not for $99, but $7.99!).
Make this App in this way:

  • a builtin webpage server
  • one Safari frame
  • a virtual XML storage
  • something like a JavaScript API for interfacing iPhone hardware

This will make it possible to:

  • write a DHTML application
  • add an XML file for keeping data of that (read-writes will be done on the local storage someway)
  • wrap it in a special XML/ZIP/manifest/wathever
  • deliver it to our DiPhone (DHTML-iPhone) App for offline execution and local storage

Easy eh? ;-) …and almost free too!

Now i guess Steve is not paying me for this… (well, maybe he read my previous idea)

P.S.
Ok, for the moment you might just try to make an online DHTML app (without GPS, webcam and local storage) and I belive it will work great :-D

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DreamHost guys started this nice API developers’ contest with crazy cash prizes.
The goal is to develope an App that uses the DreamHost Panel APIs.
I decided to create a Google Gadget that retreives your Private Servers stats and charts the data.
It’s not the best chart that i’ve ever seen, but it’s quite sleek and functional.

Here’s an example


If you would like to add it to your page, you may use the direct XML here:
http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/111847852952011179828/dhchartplugin.xml

Or use the Google Gadgets page: Add to my iGoogle

And I hope I can place in the top 5 :-D

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