If you’re anything like me you probably spend a lot of time thinking about awesome iPhone applications and ways to cash in on all the crazy app users out there. It’s a big pool, and someone has got to be willing to pay $0.99 for my game changing ideas, right?
But, here’s the problem. It’s not the coding that’s holding me back, I’m no coder, but I can get around when I need to, instead it’s XCode. Every single time I open up XCode I get a little bit anxious. Pro applications tend to do that to me, I’m not sure why, but it takes a lot of mental strength for me to push myself. My first step to overcoming it is usually acquiring some kind of guide book or tutorial that takes me through the things I want to do.
iPhone Application Development, does just that. It doesn’t walk you through coding tutorials and Objective C examples. It has absolutely nothing to do with coding, and instead highlights the entire app creation process. It takes you from creating downloading the SDK to publishing the application on the AppStore. It explain Xcode quite nicely, and breaks down what the heck all those windows mean when you open it for the first time.
It’s a great place to get started, and it’s even a great reminder tool for people who’ve been using the SDK for a while, it also highlights features of the SDK, gives some tips on UI design, and it’s all pretty handy stuff.
Think of it as an algorithm assistant for your application. It gives you things to think about before you hop into coding, and it could potentially save you a bunch of time by preventing oversights.
Again, it’s not a programming tutorial book, but it will help you get your thoughts together for your application. It’s a great place to start.
It has helped me mind map some ideas and break down my applications into smaller chunks. I don’t feel so overwhelmed by Xcode, or creating an iPhone application any more. I highly recommend checking the book out.