Still, there are bright signs. The response time for submitted apps is now measured in days or even hours, not the weeks that dominated last year when everyone who wanted a yacht was writing iPhone code. The App Store now collects some crash reports about the stack location where trouble began, and it even shares some of these with developers. It offers more options for developers to connect with the customers in whatever limited form that might be. There is more and better documentation for most of the cases except for mine. All of this makes life a bit easier to live inside the concertina wire.
But there still are moments when the automation inadvertently speaks the truth about Apple's chosen role for developers in this universe: When I started a project and pushed the button to create some new templates, XCode kindly added two new lines to the comments at the top of these new files. The first began, "Created by Peter Wayner" and the second said, "Copyright Apple Inc 2010." The notice just applies to the template code -- I think -- but the symbolism is unmistakable.
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This article, "Inside the iPad SDK: Bigger screens, continued frustrations," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest news in mobile computing and software development at InfoWorld.com.