Links for 2009-11-23
"Twitter’s lists are a fascinating new feature, and people are using them in a bewildering variety of ways. I think one of the most unexpected effects they’ve had, though, has been the exposure of yet another problem with Apple’s App Store approval process: it’s just not agile enough.
Say I was selling a Twitter client on the App Store. In an ideal world (read: the web), the primary bottleneck to delivering a new version of the product is the development time – Twitter releases lists, I burn the midnight oil a bit to incorporate them into my app, and I’m done.
When you’re developing for the iPhone, however, the main bottleneck isn’t the development time, but the approval process."
"With Apple now using some kind of static analysis tool to analyse applications submitted for App Store review, it’s had me thinking: why not let us test with it prior to submission - or have iTunes Connect immediately analyse upon uploading a binary? With it widely commented that the first 8 days of any review are to encourage developer self-moderation and bug discovery, the notion that developers have to wait 8 days for an automated process to run is - quite frankly - ridiculous."