With Apple's latest terms of service for the iPhone 4 OS, a lot of uncertainty has arisen around supporting development tools for app development such as Appcelerator. As a user of Appcelerators Titanium Developer tool, I was concerned about the future of the application. I spoke with Scott Schwarzhoff about the questions that were on my mind.
DZone: Could you explain the new Apple Terms of Service to people who haven't heard about it?
DZone: And were you shocked when you heard about Apple's new TOS?
Scott: It was certainly concerning for many of our users. We have since had all of our applications accepted, so we're feeling quite confident that Appcelerator Titanium users will be ok.
DZone: It's comforting, as an Appcelerator user, that you reached out to your community straight away. Was the feedback from users very supportive?
Scott: We received literally hundreds of emails expressing support. You can see our latest blog post and a sample of the support we have received here: http://developer.appcelerator.com/blog/2010/04/update-on-apple-sdk-4-0-and-tos.html
DZone: So, are you able to let us know if the Appcelerator platform can be used with Apple's iPhone OS4?
Scott: It’s our belief that we are fully in compliance with iPhone OS 4.0 ToS as we interpret them. Moreover, applications are being accepted every day under the new terms.
DZone: What makes your approach different to allow this?
DZone: Can you give us some background into how Appcelerator works?
DZone: You've started providing iPad support, and can already do Android. Are there any other platforms in your plans?
Scott: Yes, we will be announcing
support for Blackberry shortly. (Editors note: shortly after the interview the announcement of the BlackBerry beta program was made. Check here for further details.)
DZone: Can you give us some examples of interesting Titanium based apps, on Android or iPhone?
Scott: Most recently, Grub.it and Scoutmob are two great examples of native applications released to the App Store.
DZone: Have you any tips for people wishing to get started with Appcelerator?
Scott: Sure, signup for access via www.appcelerator.com. The welcome mail contains 3 videos that step you through the install process and on to your first project.
DZone: Are there any books on using the Titanium APIs on the way?
Scott: We will be adding quite a bit of documentation and training resources over the next few weeks.