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  •  IOS or Android (5+ / 0-)

    or Windows App store?


    Which is the best way to go,

    for an aspiring App writer?

    (ie  easiest to learn vs potential market)


    Any watch-out-for tips, appreciated.

    •  If you're just going to do one platform... (4+ / 0-)

      ...I'd pick the platform you love the most. Personally, I love iOS. I'm not as fond of Android, though my recent android experience is limited to the Nexus 7. (I had an android phone in 2010, but ditched it for the iPhone.)

      For pure ease of learning, i think the iOS SDK and tools are easier, but you also need a mac to run them. Android has a beta android studio SDK that seems like it aspires to be Xcode, and i think it runs on more than one platform.

      •  thanks Jed Lewison (2+ / 0-)
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        annieli, slowbutsure


        That's what I was thinking too,

        that iOS was easier, better designed.  Android gave me a headache.

        (I still have yet to "buy a phone" -- "late adopter" here, lol).


        I'm from the Windows world --

        but lately "the world no longer seems to run on Windows."


        thanks for your insights, JL

        I'll check out iOS.

        •  do you have any programming experience? (3+ / 0-)
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          jamess, annieli, Hey338Too

          stuff like javascript or basic c?

          for me, i could already fight my way through javascript/php and some basic c, but the thing that really helped me figure out how to approach iOS was an iTunes U course (free) taught by Paul Hegarty. It's stanford CS193p.

          That course was essential for me to get my mind wrapped around what was going on with objective C and iOS.

          Then, I watch videos from apple's wwdc for specifics on their APIs, as well as reading through sample code and documentation.

          •  my strongest skillset (1+ / 0-)
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            annieli

            is in VB, VBA, and lately VB.Net

            I did a lot of C back in college.  And a fair amount of Javascript and HTML and Python, since then.


            Appreciate the course tips. I've already watched a few intro iOS tutorials, which made me think it looked doable.

            I guess, next I'll have to figure out whether to buy an Apple or not.  Or if can be done with emulators and Linux.

            I'm suspecting there an Apple OS in my future.

            •  if you like building things... (2+ / 0-)
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              annieli, jamess

              ...you can do a hackintosh. alternatively a used mac mini could be a good way to start if you already have a monitor and keyboard. iMacs and macbook airs are more expensive, but then you get the full apple experience.

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