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How hard is it to build your own app?

Discussion in 'Mobile Marketing' started by Plimsol, Sep 26, 2011.

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  1. Plimsol

    Plimsol Newbie

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    Hi all

    I just got this unique idea about an app.
    Can anyone tell me how hard it is to build your own app when you know nothing about coding?
    I only know html and a little php, but I don't think this will get me anywhere.

    It's a pretty simple app.

    If you know any good guides or if you think I'll better outsource please come with your suggestions.

    Sorry for my bad English.


    Plimsol
     
  2. ramjetsy7

    ramjetsy7 Junior Member

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    You'd need good knowledge of Javascript for Android phones or Objective C for iphones and knowledge of setting up a dev environment on your pc. Eclipse for Android or Xcode for iphones on a mac are probably the most straightforward to set up.

    With no knowledge of programming languages it'll be a very steep learning curve. I guess the best thing to do is check out the documentation on Android or iphone developer sites and see if you fancy taking a stab at it. stackoverflow.com is a brilliant resource if you get stuck.
     
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  3. no4ck

    no4ck Registered Member

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    Definitely outsource unless you can do it by rss feed at one of the few sites that can build an app right from your website. Appmakr.com is one...
     
  4. centurytuna

    centurytuna Newbie

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    Mobile marketing is just one of the primary carrier flags of my company here in my local area. Building an app will definitely consume some time. You eat with it, drink on it, sleep with it but upon seeing that everything works well, it will surely pay you off =) It took me three (3) months to code an app and almost six (6) months to run a campaign perfectly for mobile marketing, and one week (1) week to create an API..

    The thing is there are different things/techniques on how you took advantage of the carrier's network to send/blast SMS to your target market.

    I might wrote a tutorial with this one =)
     
  5. TheMidasTouch

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    I'm an app developer. (iphone/android). The learning curve is steep. Took me over a year just to get (decent). And I put a lot of time in. On top of that, every time a new OS comes out (especially apple), there's something new you have to learn because they change their processes. If you can, outsource it.
     
  6. artizhay

    artizhay BANNED BANNED

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    If you really wanted, you could write your app in HTML/javascript and package it into an app with something like PhoneGap. Since the apps are not coded directly into the native code, but coded in HTML/javascript then formatted by PhoneGap to run properly on various devices, performance may lag.

    However, if you can write javascript efficiently and your app isn't too intensive, I'd say give it a shot. I've seen some of the apps that were made with PhoneGap. Some of them are pretty complex but run well, but some others - even simple ones - do not perform well, so it's up to you to optimize properly and efficiently.
     
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  7. Sampler

    Sampler Senior Member

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    What's the best way to start learning how to make an Iphone App i.e. what coding should I learn?

    Sifting through BHW search atm but can't seem to find anything
     
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    A_Tjuh Regular Member

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    "iPhone apps are written in Objective-C and use the Cocoa Touch API. It is technically a superset of C (any valid C is valid Objective-C), but the Objective-C extensions have very different syntaxes from vanilla C. Apple has extensive documentation available here. In order to view it you must register as an iPhone Developer (free registration)"
     
  9. phasefour

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    Is that three months to build including learning the actual coding languages (Java, Javascript, whatever the case may be) or were you already proficient?

    Thanks!
     
  10. Top1position

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    Cellular marketing is just one of the primary company ads of my company here in my group. Creating an app will definitely eat a while. You eat with it, eat on it, relax with it but upon seeing that everything functions well, it will definitely pay you off =) It took me three (3) a few several weeks to value an app and almost six (6) a few several weeks to run an provide absolutely for mobile marketing, and one several weeks time (1) several weeks a opportunity to create an API.
     
  11. omaigadlol

    omaigadlol Registered Member

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    If you want a job/career in programming, take your time and do it yourself. If you just want to launch an app and cash in, outsource it.