Build Your First iOS 4 App Using Xcode

John Storts
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Everybody else is doing it, so why can't I? The "it" in this case refers to creating apps for the most recent version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 4. Maybe everybody isn't doing it, but so many of my friends are programmers, and so many are moving into the white-hot mobile development space, that I've grown increasingly interested in the relative difficulty of building a simple app myself. I just assumed the technical barriers to entry were too high for a guy like me (read: non-programmer) to even attempt it.


Seasoned Apple developer and trainer Wei-Meng Lee's "Beginning iOS 4 Application Development" served to greatly lessen the intimidation factor and boost my confidence, and I was merely reading for academic purposes, so I imagine this resource would be of great value to application developers looking for an initial entry point or development managers who want to get a basic idea of how apps are constructed before committing people, time and money to iOS projects.


Our excerpt from her book, "Write Your First Hello World! Application," walks you through the necessary steps for creating a simple iOS 4 app that can be run on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.


In this excerpt, you learn how to:

  • Create a new iPhone project
  • Build an app using Xcode tools
  • Design the user interface using Interface Builder
  • Add an app icon and designate a splash screen image


As for me, now that I have a rudimentary understanding of how simple apps are created, all I need to do is master Objective-C and have an original, valuable idea for an iOS 4 app. You know-the easy part!


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Feb 3, 2011 5:58 AM Mike Kuznar Mike Kuznar  says:

I've always thought iOS should make it easier for people to build their own aps.

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