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Apple’s Dictatorship over Developers

Apple, as of their iPhoneOS 4.0, does not allow any applications to be developed in any language but the four they have chosen: Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript.

This means no Flash, no Java, no Silverlight (or any other Microsoft-derived infrastructure), Moonlight (or any other Novell-derived infrastructure, including MonoTouch).

What the #**#!, you say?  …as well, you should.  You don’t believe me?  Here is the relevant section from their agreement:

3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).

Thank you, Miguel de Icaza, for pointing this out.