macOS and scripting

Apple to Deprecate Scripting Languages in Future Versions of macOS - TidBITS (TidBITS)

Apple says future versions of macOS won’t include a number of open-source scripting languages. The impact of this change will vary depending on the audience, but it will affect more people than you might think.

My visceral reaction was “WTF!! What the bloody f**k”. When I calm down, I’ll hopefully post a more reasoned response. For now, I’ll include some links and some quotes from around the web. Before removing these scripting languages from macOS, Apple will need to address its own reliance on them. Xcode includes many libraries in…

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Bad UI: MacOS 10.14’s Software Update Release Notes

Bad UI: MacOS 10.14’s Software Update Release Notes (Daring Fireball)

It was a good idea to move system software updates out of the App Store app and (back1) into a System Prefs panel. System software updates aren’t from the App Store, and System Prefs is — duh — the correct place to manage the system. But everything about the presentation of release notes in this sheet is obviously bad. Macs have displays ranging from large to giant, but these release notes are displayed in a fixed-size pane that shows less text than an iPhone SE. Seriously. The rigidity and clear lack of thoughtfulness makes it feel like a dialog box from some other operating system, like an old version of Windows. If this sheet were part of a student’s assignment in an intro to Mac programming class, a good teacher would send it back and explain how to make a sheet resizable, how to make text selectable (and thus copy-able), and how to make URLs clickable.

Maybe John's complaint will get Apple to fix this.

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