I made another attempt to start working on a web application in Swift with Vapor. It didn’t get very far.

Apple introduces things like Property Wrappers, and the Vapor project responds by rewriting the entire framework, leaving behind work only partially done for serious web application components like JSON API, and the authors of those projects can’t keep up or lose interest.

Looks like it’s back to reliable and feature-complete Python and Flask.

Apple needs to release to the development community whatever IDE they are using internally, because there is no way they can write an operating system or other applications with the joke IDE Xcode.

Or, maybe they are using Xcode internally, and that explains why their software sucks so badly of late. 👿

Here is a list of the things I’m trying to work on, programming-wise:

Fantasy Grounds

  • Extension for storing spell types and custom spell setups when using magic in Genesys
  • Extension that supports journey mechanics and logging (in the vein of Adventures in Middle-Earth) for D&D 5e, Pathfinder, Genesys, and The One Ring

Mac Applications

  • A document manager application for tagging and organizing documents on the computer
  • A homeschool management application

Xcode has become more and more bloated. The download package is 11GB now, so it takes forever to download and install. The installation fails repeatedly from the Mac App Store app, and then starts over from the beginning of the download when you try again (ever heard of caching, Apple?). And after all these years, it’s still not even a good IDE.

It’s very sad to see the way that your company is behaving in this fight with Epic Games. To be clear, it’s just that: a schoolyard dust-up between a couple of immature boys.

But it’s more than that.

While your company still makes some great products, it’s becoming more apparent that the company is not made up of great people. The actions of your Developer Relations organization have been spiteful and vindictive, as well as capricious and hypocritical.

You keep your platform closed, hiding behind the banner of “user privacy”, but I’m certain that there’s more to it. The scrappy start-ups, like Apple of yesteryear, aren’t afraid of the competition. It’s the behemoths who hoard their wealth, who stomp on anything that comes close, who become territorial and possessive, who stifle any competition, for fear of losing those precious dollars for which they’ve worked so hard. That’s what Apple has become.

You claim to respect user privacy, but it appears that you respect nothing else, save perhaps the Almighty Dollar. You’re the most valuable company in the world right now, and you still act like you need to squeeze every last penny from everything around you.

You’ve become a bully.

While you may or may not be doing anything illegal, it’s certainly unethical, and lacks any sort of decent moral compass.

Your words to Congress recently were duplicitous and danced around the real issue, which you fully understood, and you took advantage of the ignorance of the politicians questioning you. I thought you were better than that.

While I will probably continue to use my Mac and iOS devices, it is with regret. You no longer have my loyalty, because it’s clear that you don’t really care.

Sincerely,

Paul Schifferer

If you’re a user of Initiative!, my iOS initiative tracker app, then you should know that all in-app purchase prices have been set to $0 USD. So that means that game systems and customizations are now free in the app.