So I Found Ways to Develop for iPhone

To develop for the iPhone, you have a few choices:

Web applications

Advantages:

  • choose your tools, choose your development platform
  • can make it available to non-iPhone users
  • requires connectivity

Disadvantages:

  • requires a hosting provider
  • limited to safari interface (i.e., tap, rotate, two-finger scroll, pinch zooming, no accelerometer, little iphone glitz)

Toolkits available:

Additional tools/techniques:

  • Web clip bookmark icon create an icon for use in the home screen (hit + in Safari, then “Add to home screen”)
  • Data links allow you to encapsulate webapp and state in the URL. Provides a mechanism to save a “bookmarklet” (“webclip”) that encapsulates the application. If we can also sync back to the online application, that would complete the round-trip.
  • iPhone in Action book has discussion of tradeoffs of web vs native applications

Native applications via the Apple SDK

Advantages:

  • best tools available, including the simulator
  • access to all documented iPhone SDK features
  • publish your application in the AppStore
  • lots of books published or being written

Disadvantages:

  • iPhone only
  • Limitations on application functionality from iPhone SDK agreement (no interpreters, no plugins, …)
  • Requires Apple approval of application for listing in AppStore
  • Requires signing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)NDA lifted!
  • requires Mac OS X as development platform

Toolkits available:

Native applications via the open source tools

Advantages:

  • no NDA to sign
  • develop on your platform of choice
  • full access to anything the community has discovered
  • (possibly more than the documented SDK)
  • you can even develop ON the iPhone

Disadvantages

Toolkits available:

So, there you have it. Three options.

What will you do?

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