Yay! My first iPhone app is in the app store! Actually it’s been in the app store for a while now, but I wanted to fix a bug before telling anyone and well, the app store process being what it is…it took a while. Anyways, it’s finally up! I’m happy because I finally learned to make an iPhone app on my own, which is why it’s such a simple app…and free :).
On the one hand, I think it’s great that Apple is giving developers a place to be rewarded for the things they make…but the length of time it takes for them to “approve” an app and the approval process in general is hard to get used to (especially when you’re used to the speed and freedom of the web). The bug I fixed took 1 line of code and 2 seconds to update on the web (this being a web app, you can also access it here but you’ll have to save it to your home screen for it to work properly) – it took them a week and a half. I know that’s probably a short amount of time compared to how long others have had to wait but 2 seconds compared to a week and a half is a big difference! While I’m not likely to make something that they reject based on content alone, I love that no one can tell me what I can or can’t make for the web….and that whatever I make will likely work on other phones without having to rewrite a lot of code (I think…I’ve yet to package it for Android phones). I also have to say that working in XCode sort of reminds me a little of Eclipse and Flash (there are lots of things that seem weird and arbitrary).
But whining aside, I’m happy that I can now recognize the characters for most meat and vegetable dishes now! (a side benefit of doing this project :)