app development

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gonnabuyamac, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. gonnabuyamac macrumors 6502

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    not sure where to post this question. do you have to develop iphone apps on a mac, or are you able to do it on windows?

    ...this is for a friend. i don't own any windows computers. ;)
     
  2. italiano40 macrumors 65816

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    you need a mac because you need Xcode 3.1 to do it and so far app hasn't ported that to windows yet
     
  3. gonnabuyamac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, that's helpful. My friend will be sorely disappointed since he bought a Touch specifically for the purpose of developing some apps. Maybe I can finally convince him to get a Mac now.
     
  4. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    I'll be surprise your friend would know what he's doing if he buys a Touch before asking the question.
     
  5. gonnabuyamac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    He's actually a really good software developer for Windows... he just doesn't understand the Mac mindset... nor does he like it. :rolleyes:
     
  6. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Uh...good programmers wouldn't care about what language they are using.

    If he went out and purchased a Touch with intent to program it and not having done any research, I can't imagine him to be good at many things.
     
  7. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    For sales through the App Store, he needs a Mac Intel Duo, running Leopard.

    I think the original compiler tools for jailbroken phones allowed using even older Macs or PCs.
     
  8. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Hmm. Really?

    Good contract programmers don't care what language they're forced to use by the customer... but I'd say everyone else has a favorite language(s) for various reasons.

    For instance, I wouldn't say that Objective-C would be my first choice for rapid development of a mobile app. Unless, of course, forced into it as with Apple. :)

    It would be nice if Apple had more language choices, to bring in more programmers.
     
  9. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Of course there are favorites, but that's not the point I am trying to make. Computer science doesn't focus on any specific language, it's your employer that does. If OP's friend is a good programmer, he/she should not have any problem making the transition to Objective-C.
     
  10. firewood macrumors 604

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    Having developed mobile apps using at least 4 different language/IDE environments, I would say that the XCode/Obj-C/Cocoa experience ranks up there with the best for anything but fairly simple apps and ported apps.

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  11. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Yep, but it doesn't mean they have to care for doing so.

    I'm not too far from having a half century of computer programming and hardware design.

    Since my first hard/software design when I was 12 years old in 1965, I've lost count of the number of circuits and languages which I've used (or invented) and that are now obsolete. As much as I enjoy it, learning a new language's oddities wastes precious time.

    Thanks, that proves my point: each person has their own favored environments. For instance, I and my cronies often can work much faster with text-based tools than with graphical IDEs.

    Regards.
     

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