iPhone Application And Website Development: All Tools And Tutorials You Need
iPhone is rapidly mobilizing internet users & creating its own standards.
At the time this post is written, there are millions of iPhones in use & numbers are increasing really fast. So, it is becoming very hard to stay in-compatible with it.
There are 2 main ways to deliver your content / product into iPhone:
- As an application
- As a compatible website (can act like an application)
The major differences between them are, an application can use all the iPhone features (like sounds, movements…), work offline where a webpage cannot (technically yes but it is not functional) and an application can be sold / distributed via the iPhone store.
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iPhone Application Development Tools
Tools that are must when creating for iPhone like the SDK or the optional ones that you’ll find very handy.
The main & official source for creating iPhone applications. It provides great & very detailed information & iPhone SDK can be downloaded from here.
Free membership is required for reaching the content. To download development tools like Xcode & distribute your iPhone apps via the store, you need the pay for it.
iPhoney – Free iPhone Web Simulator
iPhoney, powered by Safari, gives you a pixel-accurate web browsing environment that you can use when developing web sites for iPhone. It’s the perfect 320 by 480-pixel canvas for your iPhone development
TestiPhone.com – Free iPhone Simulator
A web based application that enables you to test the look & dimensions of iPhone applications.
A very functional iPhone UI library. It aims to turn standards-based HTML into iPhone compatible interfaces.
In this page, you can find samples for iPhone interface elements like buttons, fonts, text, design patterns, hacks 6 more.
Free website layouts which work in all the common web browsers including Safari on the iPhone and iPod touch (see WRD post for details).
This plugin adds some features to Aptana Studio like:
- Preview support for your iPhone applications
- Starter files for iPhone projects
- Easy import of Ajax libraries into iPhone projects
- Local server enables you to run your apps right on the iPhone
- Integrated ‘iPhone Firebug’ for logging and command execution
- Help and online documentation
Morfik’s AppsBuilder has support for creating iPhone applications.
A framework which enables Objective-c developers (programming language of Mac & iPhone apps) to use Google data API.
This makes it very easy for any iPhone application to reach Blogger, Youtube, Calendar, Spreadsheets & more.
iPhone Application Development Tutorials
Reading the experiences of developers who created iPhone applications 6 websites is great to learn faster. Here are several tutorials & experiences.
Step by step guide on creating a simple iPhone game which presents items from a Yahoo! News RSS feed, with images and titles. The challenge is to match an image with the headline it illustrates. To play, you click(or tap) on an image, then click (or tap) on a headline. If they match, you’re given the opportunity to read the story.
Very helpful examples are provided like "Emulating a Native iPhone-Style App", "Compression" & more.
iPhone Development Central – Video Tutorials
Video tutorials that are well-categorized for any level of users. Some of the tutorials are:
A blog specially focused on iPhone application development with beautiful tutorials like:
- Creating a ToDo List Using SQLite – Part 1 –Part 2 – Part 3
- Populating UITableView With An NSArray
- Transitioning Between Views
Some very detailed tutorials on developing iPhone applications with Eclipse, Ruby, & PHP-XML.
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- Developing iPhone applications using Ruby on Rails and Eclipse – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3
- iPhone development with PHP and XML
A nice tutorial about building an alternate page and style sheet for the iPhone and iTouch. Also, detecting the orientation of the device – whether it is landscape or portrait.
A blog with detailed iPhone SDK tutorials like:
A tutorial about building a simple RSS reader for iPhone using the iPhone SDK.
Step by step information for creating an advanced RSS reader for iPhone.
A tutorial about an application with geo-location features + nice tips for a beginner as this was also the first iPhone application experience of the author.
Media For iPhone Application Development
There are 2 links below which may seem less. But they are almost all the media resources you may need for iPhone development.
An iPhone user interface PSD file. The set includes a comprehensive library of assets – all fully editable.
Thanks to iPhone Toolbox, I met a post of them very close to completing this post: Hand Picked iPhone Application Development Resources, learned some other tools & added them to the list.
Please share any other tools, tutorials & other information regarding iPhone application development in the comments.