Mac development info (membership required?)

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Xylian, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

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    Sep 28, 2009
    #1
    Hi,
    I have a question about Mac development: is it necessary to become a developer
    (i.e. pay an annual fee) in order to be able to build and distribute your own
    applications to other Mac users? It souldn't be necessary, but for iPhone
    development you need to become an "official" developer (about 90$per year?) in
    order to receive the certificates that let you install your own application
    even onto your USB-attached iPhone.. so, I prefer to ask you experienced users
    ;-)

    PS: I'm going to buy my first Mac (an MBP) and I hope I will have time to
    develop something in the future, so I'm trying to get some information :) In
    the meanwhile I'm reading Objective-C/Cocoa/Concurrent Programmin Guides, along
    with the OSX Snow Leopard Bible which seems to be quite interesting.
     
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    robbieduncan

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    London
    #2
    No. You can become a free ADC member, download the tools and distribute from your own website.
     
  3. macrumors G4

    wrldwzrd89

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    Location:
    Solon, OH
    #3
    You should become an ADC Online (free) member anyway, just so you can download the latest Xcode releases and stuff like that, useful to developers.

    As the poster above me said, though - a paid membership is by no means required for Mac development.
     
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    balamw

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    Location:
    New England
    #4
    You can even mess around with iPhone development for free, the $90 only comes in if and when you want to submit an app to the iPhone App Store. And is essentially the fee to get you a certificate to sign your app with so they know it's from you.

    B
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    Sep 28, 2009
    #5
    Thank you for your answers! I'll keep on studying! ;-)
     

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