The MetaSieve Blog

January 4, 2010

Software Development on the iPhone? Almost there

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Björn Wilmsmann @ 10:36 pm

Last week I also touched on the subject of software development on mobile devices.

Well, it seems like we’re almost there. There is this video that sports a hacked iPhone which is operated with a Magic Mouse and a keyboard projected onto a table surface.

Combine that with the Mili Pro Video Projector and basically you’ve got everything you need to get started with writing code on the iPhone.

Sure, this is still not generally available and it’ll take some time until it is but I doubt Apple – being renowned for their revolutionary I/O devices – will miss this opportunity.

So, we can almost certainly expect an iPhone that incorporates these features in the not-so-distant future.

However, as both the iPhone doesn’t yet feature sufficient memory and CPU performance for a full-blown development environment and Apple most likely won’t admit any languages apart from Objective-C any time soon, we would have to find different ways to code on such an iPhone.

The most obvious solution in my opinion is a version control client app that directly commits changes to a Git or SVN server and displays the results in a browser window.

This is going to be very exciting and indeed could change the way we develop software.

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