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Fri 22 Jul 2011
OS X Lion's 3000 new APIs
Category : Technology
If you get to see Apple's Developer pages, you will see this page about the 3000 new APIs in Lion :
But the other side of the story, about the APIs that are lost or being pruned away (being deprecated in developer-speak) - that is not so well known.
Among those being deprecated are two specific API calls that I've used to build all these server setup apps. They're the calls that allow my system configuration tools to acquire admin privileges from the user so that they can move files into protected directories like /Library and /System/Library and /etc. These calls are going away and they don't look like being replaced. So if I don't find a way to get around this, I won't be able to build any more server setup apps going forward.
I would leave the conspiracy theories to others, like Apple wants to own everything (well, I'm not even allowed into the App Store with these apps - Apple specifically forbids apps that require escalation to admin privileges).
But I think I can build pretty good server administration tools, if at least only for my own use. So I will need to find another way. And soon.