You may have heard that Apple will be easing their restrictions on programming languages permitted on iOS. According to their press release, which is short on details:
> ... we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code.
This seems to open the possibility that we'll be able to use Python and PyObjC to develop iOS apps, at least as far as policy requirements go.
Are there any projects in motion to get Python running on non-jailbroken iOS devices? I know Ronald has previously said he has no desire to work on iOS support for PyObjC or to include such changes to the SVN (now hg) because of the policy problems. Since Ronald is already overworked, I assume the first part of this won't change.
I've actually worked a bit on building a running Python interpreter on iOS suitable for use with ad-hoc distribution. My requirements are to be able to run a Python-based application in an iOS device without jailbreaking. This is possible, at least for the core of Python, as long as no dylibs are needed. Unfortunately, that means that C modules that are normally dynamically loaded on import must be statically built into the interpreter. For many libraries, that's easy enough, but most of the code I've seen to actually build relies on "magic" jailbroken ports of things like libffi that I have not been able to reliably build for non-jailbroken environments.
I'm happy to continue working on this project, but I'd rather not re-invent the wheel or duplicate efforts if others are already working in parallel.
James R. Eagan
LRI — Bâtiment 490
Université de Paris-Sud XI email: James.Eagan@...
91405 Orsay Cedex — France web: http://www.lri.fr/~eaganj
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