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Create an iphone app

Discussion in 'General Programming Chat' started by loclhero, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. loclhero

    loclhero Supreme Member

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    I have zero knowledge with anything involved with how to create an app but I have an idea. If you werre in my spot, would you hire someone to create the app, use an indian service to create it or maybe something like hxxp://w3w.createiphonesapp.net?

    Does anyone have any experience with costs and obviously potential profits.
     
  2. intence

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    also interested. anyone'?
     
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    xcubic Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    GIve me a mac and I'll code it for you :D
     
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    sdtopensied Regular Member

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    Check out

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    hxxp://www.iphonecodetutorials.com
     
  5. zerofill

    zerofill Newbie

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    find a MAC programmer...most of them know that objective C...

    But I would hire a programmer not one of those sites where you submit an idea and split profits with them...I can't imagine many of them being all that honest.
     
  6. madblacker

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    Here's a link about iphone programming language, there is no such thing as a "mac programmer" exactly as its written in a standard programming language but there are some things that are special to the iphone so you want someone with some experience with this, its not easy to hire and manage programmers unless you know what you're doing so you would probably want to go with a company, odesk.com may be an ok place to find a company with experience, make them show you examples of past apps they have done first

    http://www.overclock.net/application-programming/458901-what-language-iphone-apps-written.html
     
  7. zerofill

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    Yeah I guess I shouldn't have said "MAC programmer" more...find someone that builds applications for MACs and you probably are going to find someone that knows Objective C. It isn't tremendously different than C++ other than syntax seems to be slighltly different. At least from examples I have seen when trying to investigate it as well.

    There are a few things which I guess you could consider a wrapper for javascript I was looking at but I don't see how you could do much with them really.

    Like: http://www.phonegap.com
     
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    Hi hit me up, I can help you...I have designed a few apps before.
     
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    is there app developed on window? or none at all?
     
  10. dukeofism

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    I would say it is very viable to say there are such a thing as "MAC programmers". They are people who are experienced with objective-c (not really sure if that is unique to macs) and also experienced with the Cocoa framework in objective-C (cocoa is definitely unqiue to MACs and would probably be qualifying of calling someone a MAC programmer).

    To the OP, depending on theneeeds of your app, it could cost anywhere from $500 to several thousands of dollars to code (when you hire someone). If you have no experience in programming, iPhone programming, or objective-c, creating the app yourself will be difficult and time consuming. Developing an app for the iPhone requires a Mac (cost for you there if you do not have a mac is atleast $300 [assumes you buy used]). Then if you wish to have your app distributed on iTunes (the only way to make money from it) you will have to pay the $99 developer fee to become an iPhone developer and be registered to submit your app to iTunes.

    WHichever route you go, it is going to cost you atleast $99 and I believe if you want to be the only person with access to the profits you will need to buy a MAC or find some way to get regular access to a MAC (inorder to package your app and be able to send it to apple for approval).
     
  11. dukeofism

    dukeofism Junior Member

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    This one is cheap, won't produce quite a high quality app, but will be viable as an app that can sell.

    If you are well versed with PHP and HTML (or some other web programming languages) create your app as a simple web app (web based with many scripts and such). Then in your iPhone, just program your app using the Cocoa kit UIWebView. This would be a much easier route assuming you can get your hands on a MAC and you would almost definitely be able to code it yourself (once you have the WEB part done) for the iPhone in a day (this includes the time you will spend learning the necessary steps for programming [very basic obj-c and very basic iPHone programming practices).
     
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    I'm interested in this. I have a mac.
    When it comes to the very basic obj-c/iphone programming practices do you have any thoughts on learning this or whatever?
    Thanks
     
  13. websicosys

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    There are a bazillion frameworks out there that aid in development of iPhone apps.

    The most prominent one is Appcelerator Titanium. You can build for both the iPhone and Android platforms. You basically write the user interface in HTML/CSS and the logic with JS. In new versions, you can use Python, Ruby, or PHP.

    MonoTouch is another framework. It imports the C#.Net language to the iPhone. Titanium is free, while MonoTouch requires a license to publish to the App Store.

    In the end, the frameworks aren't as good as you being able to code something 100% in Objective-C/CocoaTouch. The interfaces won't be as nice, and the code won't be as fast.
     
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    I can help build you iphone apps my company does this for many clients. the difficult problem I am finding is monetizing them. I think there is a huge market for CPA and Lead generation apps with the right content but I haven't found out the secret sauce yet on how to do this effectively any suggestions?
     
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    Great - thanks. Ive been wanting to learn more about Iphone apps. The Objective-C (as opposed to the frameworks) seems like the way to go.
     
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    Get a Non Disclosure agreement and Non Compete agreement for me (or anyone you talk to) to sign off on and I will get it done for far less than you would expect....my app has been live for 60 days and I am now earning all profit (with little formal marketing of the APP)-

    That means the initial costs of development have been covered...woohoo!
    PM me
     
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    Can't wait for this, the easy way to make iphone apps. Just a shame it's not out till the end of the year.