Thursday 20th of February, 2013 marked a seminar about iPhone applications development, hosted IEEE Alexandria Student branch (IEEE AlexSB) to help guide young developers from the students of the Faculty of Engineering at Alexandria University commence their app development career by taking the right steps on the right track.
The session started with a brief introduction about iOS that is used for apple products such as iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Mr. Mohammad Hassan –the speaker– then talked about the differences between iOS and other operating systems such as android and Windows Phone. iOS applications exceed all expectations with over 25 billion apps. The essential tools needed to start the journey of programming for iOS is x-code developer tools that could be found for free on the app store and it only runs on Mac computers. As we all know, Mac computers are very expensive, therefore, the most suitable way is to buy a portable CPU that runs Mac operating system. The programming language used in the x-code is “objective C” and “cocoa Touch”; the speaker mentioned some useful resources to learn “objective C” such as Stanford online courses. Another utility used in the development is “phone gap” which is a free and open source framework, but it has its drawbacks as it is new and it does not support all features.
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