RIM (Research In Motion, makers of the BlackBerry) has announced that later this year it will be holding its first ever BlackBerry Developer Conference in Santa Clara, California.
This 2 1/2 day event will have pretty much what you’d expect–sessions, discussions, workshops, and exhibits.
The conference will begin on October 20th and will cover things like Java, AJAX, and streaming video.
In addition to announcing the conference, RIM also has released a Developer Video Library that are “highly technical” and not intended for non-developers.
Apple has just updated their iPhone SDK to beta 5.
No word yet on what exactly is new and/or different in this version but if you’re interested you can grab the just over 1GB monster here.
Apple today has released an updated version of their iPhone SDK, bringing it to beta 2.
Aside from some bug fixes, the only major change over the previous release is the inclusion of the Interface Builder for creating user interfaces.
If you’re interested you can grab it here.
If you’re a developer that has applied to join Apple’s iPhone Developer Program and received a rejection email, don’t feel bad–you’re not alone.
Apparently Apple is turning away a lot of developers, both independents and from companies, even though the program is something they’ve announced and have a pricing structure for.
The program is in beta, so apparently they want to keep the size down while they work out the kinks in their delivery system, etc., and will be accepting more developers later one.
Here’s an example of what the messages look like if you’re curious:
Dear Registered iPhone Developer,
Thank you for expressing interest in the iPhone Developer Program. We have received your enrollment request. As this time, the iPhone Developer Program is available to a limited number of developers and we plan to expand during the beta period. We will contact you again regarding your enrollment status at the appropriate time.
Thank you for applying.
iPhone Developer Program
Some are saying that its not a rejection, its more of a “we can’t take you now”…so maybe we should call it a temporary rejection?
Its important to note that joining the iPhone Developer Program is different from registering to download the iPhone SDK. Anyone can download the SDK and its free, but to actually be able to take the things you develop with the SDK and test them on an iPhone and ultimately get them into the upcoming AppStore, you’ll need to be a paid member of the iPhone Developer Program.
Why did Apple even both announcing this if they were going to turn so many people away? If it still a process they’re trying to get their heads around, its not worth upsetting those who have been patiently waiting for so long to have a chance to develop for the iPhone. If they don’t know if they’ll even be accepted into the program, where’s the incentive for them to spend the next few weeks developing something might ultimately go nowhere?
Surely Apple has enough developer partners that would be interesting in working with their SDK without Apple having to announce that we can all join but then rejecting many of us without giving a reason.
Apple today announced the dates for their annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.
The conference will be taking place in the west hall of the Moscone Centre and will run from June 9 – 13 and have three tracks available: iPhone, Mac, and IT.
No word yet on whether Steve Jobs will be delivering a keynote or what the ticket prices will be, but I’m sure that info will be released soon.
For more info check out the official WWDC 08 page here.
If you’re anxious to get your hands on the iPhone SDK, its available for download right now at http://developer.apple.com/iphone/program/.
The download includes the Xcode IDE, Instruments, iPhone Simulator, frameworks and samples, compilers, Shark analysis tool, and more.
Remember: You’ll need to have an Intel-based Mac running OS X Leopard to use it.
Apple has just wrapped up their iPhone SDK event in Cupertino, so what’s new?
iPhone coming to the Enterprise
In the next release of the iPhone firmware, new features will be available to support:
- Push email, calendar and contacts
- Global address list
- Cisco IPsec VPN
- Certificates and identities
- Enforced security policies
- Device configuration
- Remote wipe
Exchange support will be included in the next firmware release, with the syncing/pushing happening wirelessly. New technology will be put into place on the Exchange Server side and Apple has licensed ActiveSync from Microsoft.
The new remote wipe feature will allow a network administrator to wipe sensitive data from an iPhone that has gone missing without any user interaction.
The iPhone SDK is finally here! Apple is releasing the same developer tools that they use to create native iPhone apps.
The operating system on the iPhone is divided into four layers: Core OS, Core Services, Media, and Cocoa Touch.
Using a Mac (sorry, Windows developers) you’ll be able to write an iPhone application in the new Cocoa Touch framework. Using the new write your applications in Xcode and have the ability to do things like multi-touch events and controls, as well as access the camera. Yes, you can use the accelerometer.
For examples of how easy it is to write iPhone applications an application that can be pushed data from Salesforce was shown, as was a version of AOL Instant Messanger and a couple games.
To get new applications to your iPhone, in the next firmware update there will be a new icon called ‘App Store’. It sounds like it will be similar to the wireless iTunes store except that it won’t depend on having a Wi-Fi connection–an Edge connection will work fine.
In App Store things will be organized into categories like “Featured Apps”, “Just Added”, “Staff Favorites”, etc.
Developers will pick their own price for their apps, and will receive 70% of that with the other 30% going to cover the costs of the store–no other fees (hosting, marketing, etc.).
The store will also support free apps, but Apple will have some standards in what they’ll distribute (no porn, malicious apps, etc.).
Later today the SDK will be available for download and developers who join Apple’s developer program for $99 will be able to test what they write on an iPhone or iPod Touch. Otherwise you’ll be limited to using the debug tools in your dev environment.
Unfortunately the new firmware won’t be available until June (booooo). It will be a free download for the iPhone, but there will be a cost for the new features for the iPod Touch.
If you were hoping to hear about Flash support, sorry–no Flash support was announced.
Not a whole lot is known about the iPhone SDK, but if what iLounge is reporting is true feelings among developers will likely be mixed.
According to “several sources familiar with Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch software development kit (SDK) plans,” here’s the scoop:
Apps will be distributed via the iTunes Store. No surprise here. Everthing iPhone and iPod related comes through iTunes, so this was the distribution model everyone pretty much expected.
Apple will have the authority to approve or deny all SDK-based software. Apple will act as the gatekeeper for all apps developed for the iPhone or iPod Touch, only publishing those that it approves. Again, not a big surprise here.
No access to dock connector. This one is too bad if its true. Lots of other devices have the option to physically connect accessories such as external keyboards, GPS receivers, etc., to them. To limit the iPhone and iPod Touch in this area would be unfortunate….but very Apple-like.
UPDATE: Electronista is reporting that free iPhone apps might not be governed by the same rules as paid apps, so Apple might not be so quick to turn away apps if they’re freeware. Good news which should encourage a lot more developers to have a go at creating iPhone apps.
UPDATE 2: Lots of info about the SDK came out yesterday at Apple’s iPhone SDK event–check out the details here.
Apple has just announced that they will be hosting a Town Hall event on March 6th beginning at 10am to discuss the “iPhone software roadmap.”
Enterprise and SDK are mentioned in their teaser image for the event…hopefully its not just to talk about the SDK but to actually release it and show off what developers will be able to do with…
Now that Adobe has released the final version of AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime), what are developers going to do with it?
Lots of people (myself included) have been playing with AIR for months now and a few apps have already hit the web. ReadWriteWeb put together a list of six apps worth checking out to give you a taste of what AIR can do:
Twhirl is a Twitter client that runs from your desktop and allows you to do the obvious thing, follow tweets, but also lets you connect to multiple Twitter accounts, search users, search timelines, follow and unfollow users, and post tweets. One of the best Twitter and AIR apps out there right now. Grab it here.
If you run a website, you want to keep track of traffic and visitor stats. If you use Google Analytics, check out the Google Analytics AIR app. All of your visitor, traffic and content reports are available from your desktop and they can even be exported to PDF, Excel, or XML formats. Grab it here.
Edit your FLV (Flash Video) files with Adobe Flash. RichFLV can read, edit, modify or delete cuepoints, cut FLV files, convert FLV to SWF files, and even convert sound to an MP3 file. Grab it here.
A project scheduling utility that lets you do all the things you’d expect to be able to do in a project management app. Enter info about tasks, move them around, assign them to people, change their priority and duration, etc. It also has a GANTT view. Data can be stored either locally or on AgileAgenda’s web server, and the app supports data sharing via XML or PDF exports. Grab it here.
AOL Top 100 Videos
You may not know this, but AOL has its own video site. Check out videos from various genres like “Rock & Alternative”, “Hip Hop”, “Pop”, etc. using their AIR app. You can bookmark your favorite videos and play them in a window, full screen, or in a sidebr-like Docked View. Grab it here.
If you’re an Xdrive user, you might want to check out Xdrive Lite, their desktop-based AIR app for managing files on your Xdrive account. Grab it here.