From Youssef Sarhan, introducing HyperCube, which aims to make web apps run as well as native (link):

We have grown comfortable with depending upon iOS. In 2010, Jobs wrote an open letter entitled, “Thoughts on Flash”. He explained why proprietary platforms put developers at risk of trickle-down stagnation.

If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. STEVE JOBS, 2010

When you consider iOS 7’s biggest change to be strictly aesthetic, you start to see why Jobs was right. iOS, like any proprietary platform, is not precluded from the same risks of technological stagnation as Adobe’s Flash.

Strange how quickly things come full circle once the disruption becomes the status quo.

On a side note: Best of luck on the project. The sooner we move away from native the better.


If Steve Ballmer Ran Apple


Ben Thompson:

It turns out that all of Ballmer’s good qualities, especially when it came to maximizing revenue and profits, were also his worst qualities, especially as the consumer market came to dominate computing. And, to Microsoft’s short-term benefit but long-term detriment, the incentives Microsoft gave its employees to achieve Ballmer’s aims choked out the sensitivity to truly understand what’s next.

A really good, succinct way to put it, I think. From a pure bottom-line perspective, Ballmer was not only not a bad CEO, he was a great one. But bottom-line thinking and managing over-emphasizes the short-term to the detriment of the long-term. And it sure seems like only now is Microsoft starting to realize the potentially catastrophic effects of this. 

A pretty good perspective on what went wrong during Ballmer’s reign, without discounting what went well. Also, an object lesson on why you never listen to investors or bankers when your company needs to innovate.

Source: parislemon
So true, so true

So true, so true