Are there any benefits of making my iPhone app open source?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by pwaddles, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. pwaddles macrumors newbie

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    I've built an app for the iPhone, its in the app store now, its called TimeMe, its pretty basic, but I think because its so basic it could serve really well as a demo to people on how to do timers, play sounds and handle iPhone rotation in XCode.

    Heres a demo of it in use http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqZ-cyRIlDY its kinda cool, but also kinda useful/less.

    What do you think? Is it worth making the source to this available, or am I wasting my time?

    Cheers
     
  2. lordhamster macrumors 6502

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    I think that people will appreciate you releasing the source as kindof a tutorial for other developers. However, if you are doing this for the traditional "open source" movement, I'd save your effort. Because of the app store I think the usual software life cycle for open-source would not work well.
     
  3. maniacdev macrumors newbie

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    There's probably some people out there who would like to see this as an example. If you've got a site to post it on, and you just want to share it then you may as well.

    Working with timers, and handling rotation are a couple of common problems that beginners have and it would make for a nice example.

    Spending the time to put it on an open source repository etc. I think that would be a waste, I'd just zip it up, take a couple shots, write a small writeup and post it on a blog.

    I posted a tutorial from someone on my blog about creating gradient tableview backgrounds, it ended up going into the double digits in tweets, and from what I can tell there's been over four thousand views in about a month and a half of that one page for a very simple tutorial. I imagine he got some hits/search engine juice to his own site since I linked up the article to it.
     
  4. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    It's always good to upload your source to help new developers :)
     
  5. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    As someone who wrote their first iPhone application last Sunday, I'd be interested in seeing your code. :)

    As a matter of fact, I'll trade you my free OS X program with source for yours. :)
     
  6. firewood macrumors 604

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    Make sure whatever you publish as open source is of good quality. If you go into a technical field, the code can essentially forever become part of your professional resume to any potential employer who googles such.
     

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