September 06, 2007 — iphone
Today you announced a $100 credit to all pre-discount iPhone buyers.
As a customer, that was a surprise that made me happy. As an investor, I like owning part of a company that makes that kind of investment. I like the price cut, too.
Now, on with the platform. Honestly, did you ever imagine NeXTSTEP running on a telephone?
I’m on the schedule to give a presentation next week at John Wilker and Tom Ortega’s 360 iDev conference in San Jose. My session is on Tuesday morning and is titled “Deep Geek Diving into the iPhone OS and Frameworks”.
UPDATE: March 3, 2009
Here are the slides for my talk: Deep Geek Diving into the iPhone OS and Frameworks.
The Nu git repository now contains all the source code and related build tools to build Nu for Linux and the iPhone. iPhone support is currently for the simulator only, and so far, I have only tested Linux support on Ubuntu 7.10 running in VMware Fusion.
While there’s a lot of interest in the iPhone, the Nu Linux support is what has me the most excited.
Details are on Programming Nu.
I’m excited to be working with Sudha Jamthe on a new location-sharing project that we’ve called tmeet. It’s a web site running at http://tmeet.me with a Google maps interface that you can use to easily find locations and post them to Twitter using tiny urls that we generate.
We’ve just finalized the agenda for our November meetup, and I’m excited about the lineup. In addition to our regular great hosting from the http://www.tipsgroup.comTIPS Group, http://www.morgenthaler.comMorgenthaler Ventures will be sponsoring food, and we have a great lineup of talks that spans the iPhone universe:
- Steffen Frost will demo http://carticipate.comCarticipate, a ride-sharing tool for iPhone users.
- Ken Gullicksen from Morgenthaler Ventures will present advice from a venture capital perspective for building businesses on the iPhone.
- David Phillip Oster will talk about http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2008/10/google_earth_for_the_iphone_release.htmlGoogle Earth for the iPhone and internationalization.
- Bill Westerman will present “How People Really Use the iPhone”, a deep and very relevant study of design issues and recommendations for people designing software for the iPhone. See what Apple got right – and not so right – and what we can learn from that to make our own apps better.
Space is limited, so RSVP at http://softwaredev.meetup.com/92/calendar/8872509/meetup.com.
Together with Ben Stiglitz, I’m organizing the Silicon Valley iPhone Developer’s Meetup. Our first meeting is on April 28, and I would like to organize at least one informal meeting between now and then, probably a dinner in Palo Alto either Monday 3/24 or Monday 3/31. If you’d like to join us, please email me for details (tim at neontology dot com).
The dinner will be Monday 3/31 at 7pm in Palo Alto. RSVP by email for the location.
Thanks everyone for http://softwaredev.meetup.com/92/calendar/7766207another great meetup. http://www.mikemace.comMichael Mace hit it out of the park with an incredibly informative and interactive presentation in front of a probing audience: I’m sure everyone lost count of the questions he was asked, and they all seemed to fit the flow of his presentation. Great presentation, great audience.
From the announcements, here is my list of important events for iPhone developers in the SF Bay area:
Today we’re releasing our first iPhone application, an iPhone version of a Japanese puzzle game called Masyu.
From our web site:
Apple iPhone App Store, TootSweet Masyu is a collection of 60 Masyu puzzles for beginners to masters of all ages.
Masyu is a beautifully simple visual logic puzzle that was invented in Japan by Maki Kaji. Easy to learn, the rules of Masyu reveal challenge and beauty. Available in the
For more information, visit us here. Please check it out!
The first iPhone app in Apple’s sample code is a simple program called HelloWorldClassic. That’s also the first iPhone app to be rewritten in Nu, and I’m guessing that means it’s the first app written in any interpreted scripting language that runs on the new official iPhone SDK.
Want to help me test it?
On Monday we held our first Silicon Valley iPhone Developers’ Meetup, titled Creating Opportunities and Applications on the iPhone. Thanks to everyone who attended for making it a great evening of information and networking, and especially Ben Stiglitz, Warren Stringer, and Chi-Hua Chien.
I have a new iPhone app that just came out. It’s called “The O Button”, and it’s a fun approximation of what Barack Obama might need so that he can replace his Blackberry with an iPhone. Getting this app approved was… interesting… and I’ll post more on that later. But for now, please press The O Button, available now!
I received word last week from Apple that my latest iPhone app submission was being rejected because…
it contains content that ridicules public figures and is in violation of Section 3.3.12 from the iPhone SDK Agreement which states:
“Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users.”
At the end of last night’s iPhone Developers’ Meetup we had a brainstorming session to make a list of hot topics that we would like to see presented at future meetups. If you are an expert on any of these topics or want to study up and become one, consider sharing that with us at a future meetup.
We usually meet on the third Monday of the month: August 18, September 15, and so on… Feel free to post more suggestions in the comments and email me (tim at neontology dot com) if you want to get on the list to present.
Here’s our list of topics:
The iPhone SDK was released today. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Yesterday I released a new iPhone app into the App Store. It’s a local guide to Los Altos, California, the town where I live, and a bit more: with a few simple discussion and sharing features, Townie is an app for community.
Over the past year, I've been working with ZipRealty to help them create the ZipRealty Real Estate App for iPhone and iPad.
...yet another take on the App Store
There’s lots of talk going around about the iPhone App Store and Apple’s tight control over it. This week Joe Hewitt and Chris Messina weighed in with their thoughts. People in the iPhone community have been complaining about this for a long time, and although there’s no sign that anything is changing, more attention to this topic can only help.
A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Larry Wall. Larry is famous for creating the Perl programming language, for running the large open-source team that’s grown up around Perl, and for freely mixing his personal thoughts into his professional work. When we talked, Larry said something to me that seems fit for the App Store and also seems like a pretty good way to live.