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First App!

Rather than waiting for my book to come in, I eagerly searched the interwebz for something to help me create an app. In my search, I found iPhone Application Programming from Stanford on iTunes.

The meat of the lecture starts about halfway through, the first part is mostly irrelevant introduction junk. On the whole, I found the lecture helpful, and it was a fast and easy way to create a really basic first app. I do, however, have a complaint, the Spring 2009 lecture series does not use SDK 3, so some of the options have been moved. It took me a few tries to figure out how to set the settings that were being used in the lecture. Oddly enough, Evan, lecturer extraordinaire, couldn’t get his code to work… but I did! W00t!

About five minutes ago, I found that they posted a Winter 2010 session, I have not looked at it, yet, but it’s safe to assume they use the newer SDK.

And, do not forget, there is the Developer’s resource center through which you can access the Apple Developer Only section of iTunes providing you with about 30 videos on SDK and development basics.

Let’s see what fun apps tomorrow brings!


And so it begins…

According to a GetJar-commissioned study, the monetary value of the mobile app market boom will reach $17.5 billion by 2012. It is obvious where technology is heading, desktops are a bulky relic of the past; moreover, with the iPad coming out shortly and the ubiquity of multi-touch GUI mobile phones, everything is being made to fit in the palm of your hand.

Sounds like opportunity is calling!

I have had an aversion to learning any additional coding languages since my days in HTML, but that is all about to change. I’ve registered as an Apple Developer, downloaded the iPhone SDK and ordered a book. As it stands now, I feel like Helen Keller in a round room…

Let’s see where this goes, perhaps a miracle will happen.

An open letter to Apple, Inc.


Dear Apple,

What were you thinking? You have presented yet another failed Keynote speech. It is beyond me why you keep taking steps backwards. Listen to your consumers! Your chokehold on the market will, inevitably, slip if you do not smarten up.

Remember the first generation iPhone? That was a disaster. Over two years after the debut of the iPhone, arguably the world’s most sophisticated mobile phone, users are finally getting to use technology that became ubiquitous in 2002: MMS. This fact boggles my mind to this day. I needn’t mention the laundry list of basic functions that were omitted from the iPhone and were only achievable via third-party installers.

Now, on the ever-auspicious September 9, 2009, you release a new iPod Nano with a camera, when logically, and what shareholders/consumers wanted, this should have been an iPod Touch. Yet again, you dumbfound me with your complete and utter oblivious nature.

My hope is that Apple will rise again as a great and customer oriented company.