With Apple computers, lifting its nondisclosure agreement restriction means the developers are now free to share their knowledge with fellow developers on the secrets of developing applications for iPhone. What this means is that there will be a instant pool of developers readily available to develop new applications for iPhone and this can only be good news to iPhone owners because they can expect better and wider range of applications to be available soon.
To get started with developing applications for iPhone, you probably need to know that iPhone is using its proprietary operating system. Thus, the platform on which iPhone is built on is an extension of the C language which is called the objective C. This can be quite a problem to programmers who are not from the Mac OS background.
But in any case, Apple has tried to make the development of iPhone applications easier. To start developing a simple iPhone application, what you need is the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK). What this kit will do is that it will allow you to install the kit on a normal PC, which you can start writing codes for the iPhone applications. In addition, the kit will also include some graphic interface application for your to design your iPhone applications’ user interface and also an iPhone simulator that will allow you to test run your applications on the PC before loading it up to the phone itself.
The Software Development Kit (SDK) that iPhone provides its call, the Xcode, it is basically an applications that looks like any of the integrated development environment for any other language. What you can do with this kit is to create projects and use different templates available to create the different types of an iPhone application. The Xcode also comes with an interface builder, what this interface builder does is to allow you to create the graphical controls of your iPhone application with simple drag and drop. With the interface builder, you can act in text field or buttons to your iPhone application without any programming required. However, you are still expected to do some programming for the logic for custom functions. And, the code editor is also included in Xcode, thus, you simply need to build your iPhone application in this all in one environment.
When you have completed the coding for your application, what you simply need to do next is to test run it with the simulator provided with Xcode. Only when you are totally satisfied with your iPhone application, you can now deploy it to iPhone itself and have your application running.
The iPhone’s Software Development Kit (SDK) has tried to minimize the amount of work required for you to build an iPhone application. However, the best way to get yourself familiar with the whole programming environment is to download in the Software Development Kit (SDK) yourself and start getting your hands dirty and write a few simple application for the popular iPhone.