Most IT conferences are organized by event managers who want to make a living off the attendance fees – pure community and fan-driven events are rare. The C4 event was one of these, focusing on innovative development tools for the Apple Mac OS.
Unfortunately, the organizer has been extremely unhappy with the app store. Apple’s decision to ban Flash now seems to have driven him over the top. His final statement reads as following:
Apple is crazy-innovative in terms of hardware and software design, but I can count the total number of software engineering advances they’ve made on one hand.
Section 3.3.1 makes developers wholly reliant on Apple for software engineering innovation.
By itself Section 3.3.1 wasn’t enough to cause me to quit C4. I’ve weathered Apple lying to me and their never-ending series of autocratic App Store shenanigans.
But unlike previous issues such as the senseless iPhone SDK NDA, the majority of the community isn’t riled by 3.3.1. On this issue, Apple apologists have the loudest voice. They offer soothing, distracting yet fundamentally irrelevant counterpoints to Apple’s naked power-grab.
With resistance to Section 3.3.1 so scattershot and meek, it’s become clear that I haven’t made the impact I wanted with C4. It’s also clear my interests and the Apple programming community’s interests are farther apart than I had hoped.
I give my heartfelt gratitude to the C4 volunteers, speakers and attendees. The best thing I can say about C4 is that I know it changed many lives for the better, including mine.
As of now, Apple has not reacted…