Adobe Exec Tells Apple Go Screw Yourself

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A leading Adobe evangelist has told Apple to “go screw themselves” following a decision by the maker of the iPad to ban Adobe-developed Flash technology from the devices.

Lee Brimelow an Adobe employee,  has told Apple to “go screw yourself,” after Apple released an updated SDK for the upcoming iPhone 4.0 OS, that forbids developers from accessing Apple’s APIs through any sort of intermediary layer that translates code not officially supported by the platform.This prevent developers from converting Flash scripts into native iPhone apps.

“Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited),” reads the new iPhone 4.0 SDK.

According to The Register in the UK, Brimelow said that he was positive that there are a large number of Apple employees that strongly disagree with this latest move. “Any real developer would not in good conscience be able to support this. The trouble is that we will never hear their discontent because Apple employees are forbidden from blogging, posting to social networks, or other things that we at companies with an open culture take for granted.”

Brimelow isn’t forbidden from doing so. But his words aren’t unrestricted. At the request of Adobe, he removed a sentence from his post that speculated on the motives behind the new language in Apple’s iPhone and iPad SDK. And though, for most of his original post, he seemed to be speaking in his official Adobe capacity, he later added a note to the top of the post that reads: “Adobe would like me to make it clear that the opinions below are not the official views of the company and are entirely my own.”

 

Then, in the last paragraph, he struck through the bit indicating he’d been speaking for Adobe:

“Now let me put aside my role as an official representative of Adobe for a moment. Speaking purely for myself, I would look to make it clear what is going through my mind at the moment. Go screw yourself Apple.”

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