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How to be a Developer?

12-11-2008, 06:12 PM
#1
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Utah
Posts: 149
How to be a Developer?

I've been scouting, writing reviews, testing, and just enjoying the whole iPhone/iPod Touch app phenomenon but now its time for me to go to the other side.

How do I become a Developer?
What do I need to know?
What tools do I need to start?
And what books do you recommend or training?
Also any developers with how they got their start if they would share their stories as well as advice I'd be grateful.
12-11-2008, 06:38 PM
#2
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 8
I would begin by signing up for an Apple developer account and reading the documentation. You also might want to check out the iPhone development platforms:

www.unity3d.com
www.stonetrip.com
www.garagegames.com

Basically, get up to speed with Xcode and your Apple developer account and then begin doing a lot of reading. Whether you choose to use the standard SDK or a complete game engine you'll have to mess around with some prototype work to learn the ropes but these days it's pretty easy to get up and running. Good luck!

12-11-2008, 06:41 PM
#3
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Sweden
Posts: 1,535
Quote:
Originally Posted by MidnightS View Post
I would begin by signing up for an Apple developer account and reading the documentation. You also might want to check out the iPhone development platforms:

www.unity3d.com
www.stonetrip.com
www.garagegames.com

Basically, get up to speed with Xcode and your Apple developer account and then begin doing a lot of reading. Whether you choose to use the standard SDK or a complete game engine you'll have to mess around with some prototype work to learn the ropes but these days it's pretty easy to get up and running. Good luck!
That would be a good start, then you just make a crappy app, abuse price drops and promise updates that never come and soon you will be rich!
12-11-2008, 07:06 PM
#4
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Utah
Posts: 149
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chiller ONE View Post
That would be a good start, then you just make a crappy app, abuse price drops and promise updates that never come and soon you will be rich!
Ha ha I'll do my best to keep enough controversy for the Touch Arcade Forum
12-11-2008, 07:11 PM
#5
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 8
Oh, and don't get cynical ;P It will take a long time ...
12-12-2008, 06:44 PM
#6
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 784
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Lab View Post
I've been scouting, writing reviews, testing, and just enjoying the whole iPhone/iPod Touch app phenomenon but now its time for me to go to the other side.

How do I become a Developer?
What do I need to know?
What tools do I need to start?
And what books do you recommend or training?
Also any developers with how they got their start if they would share their stories as well as advice I'd be grateful.
Wait, do you have any programming experience? You'll need to understand Objective-C to create a *good* functioning application. The easiest way to learn that is to read "Become and X-Coder" (Free eBook)

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Last edited by BulletDev; 12-12-2008 at 06:59 PM.
12-12-2008, 07:58 PM
#7
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: PA, USA
Posts: 744
You read up and learn to code, I'll learn a 3d design program, and in a few years we can team up and create something incredible.


or not
12-13-2008, 12:43 PM
#8
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Alexandria, VA (USA)
Posts: 1,841
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Worth a look:

http://www.mynewtonblog.net/2008/12/...e-application/



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12-13-2008, 09:38 PM
#9
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 128
using something like unity you really dont need to even write any code.. the engine pretty much handles it for you.. then there are engines that give you more and more control over code, eg. oolong, and sio2
12-14-2008, 01:39 AM
#10
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Originally Posted by drunknbass View Post
using something like unity you really dont need to even write any code.. the engine pretty much handles it for you.
Apparently you've never used it. It's not remotely intended to be a coding-free game engine...you definitely have to write code with Unity, and you won't be able to make anything good if you don't have a decent grasp of coding. You don't have to write any of the low-level stuff, depending on what you're doing--if you want something the engine doesn't provide, you can write it. Certainly all the game logic has to be scripted or else you have nothing. It's all high-level scripting with memory management and so on (but it's AOT compiled so it's fast), so you're not stuck writing Objective-C and doing all the hard 3D math stuff, but it's still coding.

--Eric