Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WSJ on Sandboxing

Jessica E. Vascellaro (via Jason Snell):

Mac developer Mark Munz, of Vancouver, Wash., says to comply with Apple’s new rules, he has to remove key features of his text-reformatting app TextSoap that integrate with other programs.

As a workaround, he’s working on a “helper app” that Mac App Store users could download separately to restore the extra functionality. “It sort of defeats the purpose of what sandboxing is about,” says Mr. Munz, who is president of Unmarked Software LLC.

Unfortunately, that approach isn’t an option if API bugs or omissions prevent core features of the application from working in the sandbox.

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