[Openmcl-devel] Mac App store: will CCL apps fly?

Alexander Repenning ralex at cs.colorado.edu
Tue Oct 26 07:02:14 PDT 2010

On Oct 25, 2010, at 10:37 PM, peter wrote:

> Given how important CCL is to us (and will be to Apple once we can deliver our apps via their store), might Apple be able to pass judgement on CCL's purity/compliance now, hence leave us with our own walled garden inside CCL. Ie. within CCL we'd be safe knowing that we couldn't break any rules re. illegal instructions, if we only used CCL (meaning pure lisp as opposed to CCL environment or API). Hence one test of all of CCL rather than every app having to be tested in this regard and being subject to the whims of Apple testers. I can't see how it could be done, but a "Verified as pure CCL" sticker might actually help progress pass the guard hounds at the Apple door. So could Clozure ask apple to check CCL for quarantine clearance?

At least according to everything that Gary outlined I would think there is a pretty good chance for  CCL to pass the Apple Mac App verification. I have not read all the fine print. There may be some surprises but all in all it does sound as if Mac CCL would have a much better chance to pass the Mac App store verification than iOS CCL would have to pass the iOS app store. If CCL passes that does not imply that CCL-based apps would pass because it really depends on what you app does. Still, I think it would be really worthwhile for Clozure to submit CCL. One thing that the Mac App store is not accepting is pre release software. The upcoming 1.6 CCL release would be a perfect opportunity to explore the Mac App store idea. 


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