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Making the iPhone application development more open

July 22, 2010

iPhone, iPad != Open

As we know, iPhone application development is a still a closed development system in several ways:

(1) You have to learn Objective C.

(2) You better learn Cocoa, Xcode, made in Apple, and possibly only used by Apple product developers.

(3) If you are not working for academic, Apple developer program is not free. Even you are working for academic, there is a lengthy information list to fill out to ensure you are not freaking out Apple, my dear developer!

A while ago, we have introduced Sencha Touch and SproutCore Touch, which can be used for writing non-native touch oriented applications.

If you are a standard C or C++ developer, and you want to quickly develop iPhone/iPad applications, iPhone Open Application Development is a must read book. With the help from it, you can develop more powerful and open applications for iPhone, iPad.

The book was written by Jonathan Zdziarski, who also wrote open source spam filter sofware dSpam.

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