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More good news for Apple

With Apple's stock at an all time high, the iPod the hottest Christmas present once again, and now Apple's global developer community grows 2.5 times:

Apple has grown the size of its global developer community by 2.5 times over the past two years, with much of the credit going to the Unix-based Mac OS X, reports Australian IT. Apple’s entry into the open source community also helped spur developer interest, the article adds.

“That’s one place where we did a lot of work,” Ron Okamoto, Apple’s worldwide head of developer relations, told Australian IT, citing the Safari Web browser as an example. He added that the BSD-Unix base of Mac OS X has also made it attractive to Linux developers, while compatibility with Java is also attracting interest.

A platform is only as good as the developers that create cool software for it, and I think it is safe to say that small Mac developers are some of the best software people in the business.