HyperCard for the iPad

René Micout rene.micout at numericable.com
Thu May 20 08:50:07 EDT 2010

I agree and put my signature, but for iPad !

Le 20 mai 2010 à 14:34, David Bovill a écrit :

> This has been troubling me. Steve jobs is reputed to have said:
> “Something like HyperCard on the iPad? Yes, but someone would have to create
> it”
> at the Apple’s shareholder
> meeting<http://www.macworld.com/article/146739/2010/02/2010appleshareholdermtg.html>some
> time in early 2010. The closest source to this I can find is
> here<http://www.macworld.com/article/146739/2010/02/2010appleshareholdermtg.html>(the
> relevant section below is at the bottom of the article):
> As usual, there were also a number of off-beat comments and questions,
>> ranging from suggestions that Apple invest in Tesla Motors (Jobs: “We were
>> thinking of a toga party, actually”) to a request for a flagship Apple Store
>> in Cupertino (“I’ll pass that on to our retail team”), to a suggestion that
>> Apple partner with Nintendo (strategic alliances are hard, but possible if
>> it’s worth it), to a desire for a simple programming language on the iPad
>> (“Something like HyperCard on the iPad? Yes, but someone would have to
>> create it”). Jobs declined to comment on the possibility of a
>> Verizon-network iPhone.
> So it was a casual remark - not thought through maybe? I'd be tempted to be
> generous on this one - and figure that he meant what he said. If so it would
> be real interesting to ask on what legal and technical basis someone could
> do that. I don't think his answer would be along Rodeo lines - that is you'd
> have to create web app's.
> So perhaps it is worth asking along which lines a real HyperCard app could
> be made on the iPhone? How about a community drafted letter - one directed
> specifically at this question and to clarify his thinking on this? What
> would such a letter look like? Which is the best open platform out there to
> draft such a letter together and collect signatures?
> NB - I'd be tempted to think that one possible answer which would square the
> circle (with regard to Apples concerns with a middle layer lock in) - is if
> the HyperCard app on the iPhone was open source. Then there would be no
> lock-in against Apples interest as if they or any Apple developers wanted to
> improve and add platform specific features they would have the power to do
> that? That is surely part of the logic behind why JavaScript is OK.
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