Literature on the App process

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by jcraggs, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. jcraggs macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2012
    I am new on the scene of app development. I have little background in coding but have ideas that I would like to pursue. Would it be in my best interest to pick up coding or am I better off finding someone to pay to develop? Where would I find the best outsourcing? What would a ball park figure be on investment for an application. I have a long way to go but I have the time to put towards this project for several years.

    What are good books about the process?
  2. Ides macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2012
    Hi, welcome to the forums.

    If you're wanting to personally develop an iPhone app, then you need to learn the objective c programming language. You'll also need to buy into the 99$ developer account that apple has to offer so that you can put your app on the store.

    As to your question about whether or not to hire a developer team for your app, my answer is this: first at least try to learn how to develop your own app, without hiring anyone. If you simply can't get anywhere, then you can start thinking about hiring developers. But be warned, some of these teams (not all though), can be quite expensive. Also, just because a professional team created an app for you, does not guarantee that the app will be a success. There are many, many apps that were created by a professional development team and completely flopped. On the other hand, there are also quite a few apps created by one person with basically no budget, and do decently (ever hear of iShoot?).

    As for how much an app would cost, it depends on if you're going solo or not. If you hire a team, it could cost thousands of dollars. If do it alone, then you could do it with virtually no budget, aside from the 99$ to get the account. Another great option if you have some money to spend is to just hire a single artist to create some artwork for your app. It costs much less than hiring a whole team but the resulting app could be just as good. I've never done this but I bet there are people on this forum who have.

    That's my two cents, best of luck :)
  3. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Here's a thread on some typical app development costs:

    It can take a non-programmer somewhere on the order of a year or two to become proficient in iOS development, and 30% to 60% of all people are reported to essentially flunk their intro to programming course, so it will be longer or never for those.

    Also note that only a tiny percentage of great sounding ideas produce a financially successful app.

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