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An Update on iPhone Development

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UPDATED.

I have managed to get a sample  iPhone app compiled and running in the iPhone simulator that they provide. The app is an African thumb piano. It is a very imaginative use of the iPhone. It would be much nicer running on my iPhone rather than a simulator!

There are some really neat and creative sample programs in the iPhone SDK now, some of them besides being good sampls to look at as far as their code are concerned are apps that I’d actually like to have on my iPhone for my own use! I like the idea of the program that turns your iPhone into a level you can use to make sure that your pictures are straight! Cool.

I’ve spent a bit of time looking over the African Finger Thumb Piano code. I’m still trying to follow where the “start” of the code is. To be honest though, I’ve not spent allot of time looking into this lately.

My Status for Being Included the iPhone SDK Beta

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I received the following email:

In addition to the rich set of resources currently available to you in the iPhone Dev Center, we’ve just added new resources to power your development as you create world-class mobile applications with the iPhone SDK.

Thank you again for applying to the iPhone Developer Program. We’re thrilled with the tremendous response we’ve received. We have many more requests than we can serve during this initial beta period, so we must limit the Program at this time. We plan to expand it during the beta period, and we will contact you regarding your enrollment status at the appropriate time. We appreciate your patience.

I’m not in yet, but at least I’m not out either.

Crawling a Little Closer on the iPhone SDK

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My id for logging in to Apple’s developer web site is different than the id I normally log in to my MacBook with. I was wondering if this was the reason that I could not download the items I subscribed to in the Help program in XCode.

So, I created a user on my MacBook with the same user name and signed in as that and fired up XCode. Next, I brought up the Help, subscribed to the items  that I wanted, and, bingo! Those items loaded!

When I tried to compile to the actual iPhone device (as opposed to the simulator), I still get an error… though it is a different error  now.

Rats! I went to try it again and I get yet another error: “No Device is Connected” This is in spite of the fact that I can bring up iTunes and it shows that it is connected!

Oh, and in the Organizer, it shows my iPhone. Go figure! It is all too clear that I am still missing some of the pieces of the puzzle.

Apple Developer Site Back Up

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Actually, its been up for a while now. And, after about 4 attempts, I was able to download the iPhone SDK!

There is allot here to digest. I’ve never programmed in Objective-C before. It is a bit overwhelming.

Note: I submitted a request for the $99 license key. Looks like I’ll have to wait for a response from Apple. Based on the load their site received from would-be iPhone developers, I might be waiting for awhile!

Well, well, well! The iPhone SDK is finally here!

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I kept refreshing this page on iLounge.com to get the latest updates on what was being said at the Town Hall meeting Apple was giving on the iPhone SDK. It sounds pretty good! To get it, you need to go to http://developer.apple.com/

The funny thing is, that after I read about this and went to that site, the web server was grinding to a halt. It seems as if every developer and their brother is trying to get in and download the thing!

Note that if you want to actually use any new spiffy app you write on your iPhone (or any other iPhone for that matter) you have to pay a $99 charge to Apple. This will get you a unique license id will be embedded in your apps. This way, if any apps cause problems, they know who to look for, and they can turn downloading off for that license. I think I’ll try the Apple developer site later after the dust settles!

Keep a Weather Eye Out for the iPhone SDK!

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What month and year is it? Duh! It’s February 2008 of course! And what be that you scurvy dogs? Arrrrr! It is the month when the new iPhone SDK is supposed to come out!

In the high seas of mobile development this is a much anticipated event. I’ve been Googling allot lately looking for news. I keep asking, “When?”

More buzz is stirring up on the net lately.

Consider this story: iPhone SDK Release Around the Corner. It’s getting close. American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu wonders if it will increase sales of the iPhone. I think so. Killer apps are what sells hardware. An SDK will dramatically increase the chances of excited developers out there creating a killer app for the iPhone.

Unstrung is asking “Where is it?” I think Apple is smart here… Secrecy, waiting til the last possible moment. It is both annoying and clever at the same time. Everyone’s talking about it, guessing about it, their brains are reaching out for any scrap of information. Apple has our attention (us developers least-ways).

Could the much coveted SDK be coming out next Tuesday? Chris Finn of MacFormat thinks so. You can see his thought processes on TechRadar.com.

Whenever Apple decides to release that durned SDK won’t be too soon!

MacWorld and iPhone Updates

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I watched most of the keynote at MacWorld given by Steve Jobs. One of the first things I wanted to do after watching was get the latest update for my iPhone installed (which they released that day).

There were several updates that needed installing when I got to my MacBook yesterday. So I ran them all. It took awhile! And of course I downloaded the latest update to my iPhone.

I tried the locator button in maps. It Rocks! What a great way to help you get unlost! And, what a great geeky thing to show others how cool the iPhone is!

After I installed this though, Kyte.tv’s player seems to be acting squirrelly. I even did a cold boot on my MacBook last night and it still seemed weird. Works ok on my PC but my MacBook has the webcam that I like to use on Kyte.tv.

So what is not working?

  • I post a message in the comments… It doesn’t show up. But if I close the browser and come back, the messages are now there.
  • Posting a video does the same thing.
  • I posted a long video (19 minutes)… no error msg, seemed to happen too fast… I completely lost the video… it never actually got posted (poo)!
  • Caused Safari to close down on it’s own once.

So this is the annoying world of software updates. We all want to cool features, but there is always the risk that something will now be broken (in spite of lots of regression testing).

I’m probably insane, but I hope today when I get home from work, that since my MacBook has been off all day that things will “straighten themselves out.” Probably not. Though if other kyte.tv users with macs experience the same thing, I’m sure Kyte will find out about it and hopefully resolve the issue.

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