Sat 02 Aug 2003
"It's stuff like this that makes us love OS X"
Category : Commentary/geeklove.txt
Nice words from the O'Reilly MacDevCenter. Thanks, whoever wrote that. Just as the slash-dotters were packing up and leaving us alone... It's an interesting phenomena this, watching the successive waves coming down and pounding on the server - first when Jon Udell wrote about Sendmail Enabler, then when Slash Dot picked up on it, and now this. It gives new meaning to the surfing metaphor.
But it's Cocoa that makes us love OS X. Just wrapped up our exploration of Cocoa using Java. We've got most of the interface elements covered - tables, data source, outline views, notification, sheets, drawers, and alerts. Plus the backend - access to MySQL and Oracle, and web services. Just one more - how do you interface with the Unix command line the way you can with AppleScript Studio? It'll be nice to load in a MySQL database on the fly, making it all work invisibly for the user.
We're not trying to be funny, using Java instead of Objective-C. After years of seeing the Mac thrown out of one database after another, we've now got JDBC on the Mac, and access to all the databases we've ever wanted. And you can use 80% of the code you've written for a web server application. Write once, deploy many, and re-write only the user interface. Objective-C may be nice but you don't get to use a Tomcat or J-Boss. And, it's a point that's often overlooked, you've got a better chance of avoiding getting thrown out by corporate IT departments (just because you use a Mac!) if you come in with the Java/Open Source stuff. It's hard stuff to swallow, but I believe it's worth it if it keeps the Mac relevant to businesses. Being marginalised is just one step away from the Death Spiral. Or have we forgotten that?
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