I recently downloaded the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) and I’m really loving it. I’m a developer for the Mac and I’ve found iPhone development an easy transition because the iPhone tools are the same as the tools you use on the Mac.
When I code for the Mac I tend to use Applescript Studio (part of Xcode). Once I installed the SDK I dived straight into Xcode to see how it had changed. The UI seemed the same – except for the intro screen which now included iPhone info.
After looking through the online documentation I discovered that it costs $99 to become a registered iPhone developer. You need to be registered to have Apple put your apps in the store. Although Blue Pyjama is growing we aren’t actually getting any money through our doors so that $99 enterance fee put my dreams of being an App Store developer a bit further out of reach.
Then I remembered webapps! Applications based on the Internet that, although they are simple, can be quite powerful. These don’t require paying Apple money because they’re just fancy web pages.
I’ve made 2 Webapps that I’m very proud of. But they didn’t come without their difficulties. Before I could tame the lion, I had to learn how. I think that anyone can make great things for this amazing platform – if they have the patience to learn. Do you?