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MasterHowl
Feb 27, 2011, 05:16 AM
I can see I'm going to get flamed a bit for asking this... but I'm genuinely curious. I'm new to all this!

What are developers and what do they do?



Hellhammer
Feb 27, 2011, 05:20 AM
They are programmers, i.e. they develop software. You have to pay 99$ to get into the developer program, I think.

Cromulent
Feb 27, 2011, 05:21 AM
What are developers and what do they do?

They control the matrix.

stridemat
Feb 27, 2011, 05:27 AM
They control the matrix.

Is that not the Architect?;)

MattInOz
Feb 27, 2011, 05:29 AM
Is that not the Architect?;)

The Architect always answers to the Developer they have the money after all.

Saladinos
Feb 27, 2011, 06:10 AM
I can see I'm going to get flamed a bit for asking this... but I'm genuinely curious. I'm new to all this!

What are developers and what do they do?

Software developers. There are loads of new features in Lion (new UI, versions, auto save, all that stuff) and general changes/bugfixes that could break apps. You want everything to work on day one, and to take advantage of the new features in Lion, right? That's why developers get early access to OS releases, so they can prepare their apps to work on day one (or even before then!)

Apple's developer system has two tiers: free and paid ($99). Developers with free accounts get access to all the dev tools and documentation, but can't submit apps to the AppStore (on OSX, they can still make and distribute apps themselves, on iOS the app is limited to an iPhone/iPad simulator on a computer).

Paid members are allowed to submit apps to the store, get tech support from apple, and get early access to OS releases

maflynn
Feb 27, 2011, 07:15 AM
They are programmers, i.e. they develop software. You have to pay 99$ to get into the developer program, I think.

You can join the developer's program for free but you only have access to the SDK and compiler. The 99 fee to join provides benefits, like access to betas and support should you run into issues developing a program.