[Openmcl-devel] CCL and the Mac App Store

Andrew Shalit ashalit at learningtouch.com
Wed Dec 21 21:02:01 UTC 2011


Last I heard there were no plans for Apple to grandfather anything.  I haven't checked the discussion boards for a few weeks, but when I last looked there was a lot of concern being expressed by developers whose apps were going to be made less convenient to use or downright impossible under the sandboxing rules.

You can see the discussions at https://developer.apple.com/devforums/ .  You have to be a registered developer to see them and participate, but if you plan on releasing software for the Mac you should be a registered developer in any case.  I'd encourage people to participate and let Apple know their concerns.



On Dec 21, 2011, at 3:46 PM, Alexander Repenning wrote:

> Any guesses if Apple may grandfather current App Store Apps once they implement their sandbox? I mean, what would they do with the 500,000 apps when the requirement becomes mandatory? They probably could not just throw existing Apps out. I guess they could, but what would they be left with?
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> Alex
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> On Dec 21, 2011, at 8:35 AM, Andrew Shalit wrote:
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>> They did not make us jump through any special hoops.  We did what the documentation says to do in terms of code signing, submitted, and got approved.
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>> By "we" I mean Matt, of course.
>> 
>> Note that we don't know what will happen when Apple starts enforcing its sandboxing rules.  That's part of why we want CCL in the store: so that we ask concrete questions about sandbox in reference to our existing app.  But the potential sandboxing issues aren't related to the fact that CCL is written in Lisp; they're related to the fact that CCL is a development tool and so it wants to be able to do things like have read-write access to multiple files on disk, and know where its home directory is so it can load an init.lisp file.
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