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Interface Builder: Curse or Convenience?

Florian Kugler (via Romain Briche):

After working on a fairly complex iPad app for the last six months together with Chris Eidhof, my personal bottom line for Interface Builder doesn’t look too positive with regard to these tasks. In fact, I’m willing to try out abandoning Interface Builder alltogether for the next project. This may sound pretty radical, but let me walk you through my thought process.

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I stopped reading as soon as I reached 'We decided to give Auto Layout a try', since it's already well established that these days DevTools' left hand has absolutely no clue what its right hand is doing and vice-versa.

Honestly, if I was inclined to attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by stupidity I'd suspect Apple was actively trying to kill off IB just by intentionally making it look really bad. [1] [2]

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[1] Ditto for various other current and past Apple tech like OS X Server (never was brilliant, but they didn't even try to make it what it could've/should've been), AppleScript/Apple event IPC (no comment), Hypercard (dysfunctional early-90s Apple culture helped sink that one, but it was the Steve who ultimately let it rot on the tree), Python/Ruby/MacRuby (once hailed, then dumped in the cold when it became apparent that driving their uptake might require some actual - y'know - effort to promote) and no doubt a bunch of others which I can't be bothered to think of right now...

[2] Hum, on second thoughts...

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