Creating a simple app

Discussion in 'iPhone/iPad Programming' started by Big Shisha, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I would like to create a simple iphone app for my sports team, all it would need to include is:
    -twitter feed
    -youtube feed
    -rss news feed from the main site
    -schedule
    -map

    Am I right in thinking that the only software I need is xcode 4 and a developers license to get the app into the app store?

    I have some experience in coding, mainly HTML. From the screenshots of xcode 4, it looks similar to dreamweaver in that you can work in a GUI(add table by clicking on the table button) or by coding it.
    Is it that simple, or am I getting it wrong?

    Also, if I buy a developers license for a year, what happens after that year? Does the app stay in the store, but I cannot update it, or does it disappear from the app store?

    Apologies if these are stupid questions, I have looked for an answer, but have come up with nothing so far.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    robbieduncan

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    1) HTML is not coding. It's not close to it at all. You will need to learn to program.

    2) The GUI design tools are just that: layout tools only. You will have to write significant amounts of code to do what you want. You will need to be competent in Objective-C and learn your way around the CocoaTouch framworks

    3) If you don't pay after a year your application gets removed from the store.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah ok, I guess I was expecting some sort of Apple/iweb type software.
    Thanks for clearing it up for me.
     
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    balamw

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    You could certainly make an application that is mostly HTML5/Javascript, that was the way that Apple originally intended for the iPhone 1. For webapps hosted externally you don't even need Xcode or a Developer license, but you can wrap a webapp into a "regular" app and then you would.

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    KnightWRX

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    Why not just make a website ? What you describe sounds like it would be more appropriate as a good old website that is device agnostic than a native app anyhow.

    A lot of apps on the App Store right now are mostly things people could have just put up on the web.
     
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    If you want to make an app with html5 and then compile it down to a native iOS app you can use http://www.phonegap.com/ . I'm currently using it to develop an app and have a prototype using it on my iPad. Works pretty well so far.
     
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    balamw

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    Agreed, I had missed what the app was about. I don't see anything in the desired feature list that can't be implemented as a plain old mobile-optimized website. Basically all a native app would be doing anyway is retrieving that information from the web and displaying it in a webview.

    If you need a book to point you in the right direction, pick up Programming the Mobile Web. Apple also has some resources of their own here: http://www.apple.com/webapps/

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    chrono1081

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    Corona SDK could do it pretty easily. You'll want to watch tutorials from them at this site: http://www.learningCorona.com to make sure they cover what you want.
     
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    balamw

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    Why would one use a game engine that would add $200-$350/year to the cost of developing this app when it seems that the OP doesn't even want to spend the $99 for the Developer account?

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  10. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    I don't mind spending the $99 to get a developer license, I just didn't want to do it if I couldn't do what I needed to do.

    We already have a website/twitter/facebook, I just wanted to cover all bases and an app seemed like the next step.
     
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    balamw

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    You can still combine/publish those in a way that would make them most accessible to small screens including Android phones. With a webapp you can still get an icon on the iPhone/iPad screen and get your content where you need it.

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