Posted by: Tharindu | December 14, 2008

Starting with iPhone App Development – Is it the right time?

I am working at hsenid software as an under graduate trainee, and have some great experience developing j2me applications,
J2ME IM client application

And I have got a chance to study and develop iPhone applications for iPhone and iPods. It has been great experience for me. There for I just thought of posting some of my experience here in my blog. I have started learning Objective-C, since it is the programming language used by Apple, and given to us to do the stuff in Mac, and apple iPhone/iPods. It was initially very tough for me to get the coding syntax and stuff, thought I would simply fail sometimes, but once I started to work wih X-code, I found it simply easier to get the idea, with the use of 2 seperate files to seperate interface from implementation and pragma marks, it is really easy to understand and code with objective-C, I have read iPhone OS programming Guide after reading Objective-C 2.0 reference, then also with the use of iPhone application developer ebook I have got familiar with the development process, getting familiar with Interface Builder was amazing. Really looking forward to develop great applications in near future, time will tell the progress. But I doubt, is it the right time to start learning a language like this, with T-Mobile Google Android phone just came up with the familiar jave development environment. But Google’s own Trends does tell that it is not a threat to iPhone yet.

iPhone – Android Google Trends

Now, I am studing XMPP protocol and plan to develop an iPhone client just to get my hands on iPhone application development. I found the code of an xmpp framework at Google code.  It is an objective-C code, But  I had to change some parts to make the framwork model running in the iPhone simulator. So I just have to write the controller and view to get the model used with my application.

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  1. Very nice. Do you have any reference where we can get the reading guidelines and tutorial stuff ?

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    • The iPhone Developers Cook Book is a great book to read to start coding, in addition to that other Apple iPhone Dev Center resources can be used. But for a start, it is difficult to start with Apple recommended iPhone OS Programming Guide. I think we should read this after getting a little experience on iPhone Application development

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