So You Want To Make An App For The Apple App Store?

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If this means anything to you:

NSArray *array =
[[NSArray alloc] initWithObjects:@”One”, @”Two”, @”Three”, nil];
NSString *overview =
[[NSString alloc] initWithFormat:@”%@”, @”First three numbers”];

You’re probably an Apple Developer looking at the code for ‘Angry Birds’. If that looks like gibberish, then good news! You can learn to read it and become an Apple App Developer.

Why would you want to be an Apple Developer? Since the Apple App Store’s launch in 2008 over 14 billion apps have been downloaded, and in 2011 American’s spent over $15 billion buying apps for their mobile devices.

Apple's Xcode

You could have the next best-selling app rattling around your head right now… but how do you create them?

It turns out that it’s not as hard as you think. Apps are written in the programming language Objective-C utilizing other languages like Cocoa, OpenGL, and JavaScript. There are many books, and even online tutorials, that can teach you Objective-C.

From there it’s simply a matter of owning a current Mac (even a MacMini will get the job done), downloading the free Apple SDK developer tools from Apple, and coding your app.

To upload your app to the App store for sale, you have to pay $99 for a full developer account.

I’m endeavoring to create a full featured app and have it for sale in the App Store by the end of 2012. Right now I’m learning JavaScript and am planning my first Mac purchase in over a decade (a sweet refurbished MacBook Pro!). Given enough time and will, I think this is something anyone can do and I’m set to prove it. I’ll track my progress here on the site as well as on-air, and hopefully this year I’ll be able to ask you to try out my new app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch!

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