As a boy, reading Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics was my first exposure to the idea of computer programming. Now, in light of Apple’s new Draconian subscription policies, monologist Mike Daisey points us to this post from Isaiah’s Weblog:
Apple’s Three Laws of Developers
- A developer may not injure Apple or, through inaction, allow Apple to come to harm.
- A developer must obey any orders given to it by Apple, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A developer must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
— I. Developer
Asimov inspired me to be a writer. And as I struggle with my own craft to finish the sequel to The Three Magi of Katrina, I can’t help but marvel at his body of work.