Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Perils of Helping Others

Kind of a sad blog post by Brandon of iCodeBlog.com, a site with many iPhone coding tutorials. When you share information in tutorials the way Brandon does, you have to expect people to use that information. But you expect them to use that information to learn and improve their skills so they can go out there and do cool things. It's a gift of knowledge intended for people who want to learn. You don't expect them to take your work and publish it as their own, however.

This kind of asshattery is the work of a truly sad person.

You probably weren't tempted to buy iTennis, but if you were, please don't.

via KRapps



8 comments:

brandon said...

Jeff,

Thanks for the blog post. I wasn't too mad about the whole thing but you are right, it is pretty sad... Thanks for your blog man, I love the OpenGL ES tutorials.

Scott Squires said...

This is the sad state of many iPhone apps. Look at the number of apps that just changed graphics on Apple's example code and published it (for a price) on the Apple store. Most of the bubble levels, metronomes and jigsaw puzzles used Apple's code with minimal changes.

These are people who are too lazy to learn to program and don't have any moral issues with essentially selling work that is not their own.

burnsoftltd said...

there was also Brandon's todo list app on the store aswell, I can't find it anymore, so it may have come down already. It even had the same default todo's (do homework ;-) ). (I seem to remember the company name as something like AppGenius)

ShogoDoddo said...

This sucks cock BIG time and leaves me cold not wanting to code for iPhone. I have twittered about this (giving props to this blog Jeff) too.

(myTwitter=shogododo) btw. It just sucks ...

Uncaged Brains said...

Apple appears to have pulled it. Good.

We live in troubled times if people can't see craft in their work anymore. So concerned about making a buck, bigger, faster, more...

Wasn't that what happened to our economy recently. Well, the solace is that folks who can't generally don't later on. It will catch up, and hopefully they too then decide to make a contribution.

Your book was awesome, and your Blog's valued. Thanks Man :)

Claire Harrison said...

I've been working on an iPhone app that uses the openGL template and code from your blog. The application ideas and implementation (and bugs) are my own but I'm using your templates and libraries. Is this ok?

btw: I bought your book and am looking forward to the next one!

ScottYelich said...

A while back (mid 2008), I made a few video tutorials and I found the code was used to submit apps -- the only thing that changed was the title. Sadly, those were the last video tutorials I ever did -- and they have since been taken down. What gets me are these people who make (I use make lightly, "steal" ... whatever) -- one type of code, and then they try to duplicate it many many times. For example, find an RSS reader -- find an RSS feed, put up an icon, upload to the store and sell for $4.99! I hope, after a while, thing will get better -- not worse.

h4ns said...

What youre saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I also love the images you put in here. They fit so well with what youre trying to say. Im sure youll reach so many people with what youve got to say.

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