iPad, you say? Looks like a little teevee to me, sonny.
July 15, 2011 11:28 AM Subscribe
My next task at work is to turn one of our existing web applications into an iPad app. Help me get to the point where I know where to start.
posted by le morte de bea arthur to computers & internet (18 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
So I've never owned an Apple product, although I've been a programmer and web developer of various kinds for 20 years. I don't think I've ever actually seen an iPhone close up, let alone an iPad, and the last time I used a Mac it was running System 7. I'm by no means out of touch with the world; I just don't live or work in an Apple-centric environment. All of which is to say, please excuse my obvious ignorance.
I've been tasked with converting a couple of parts of a (LAMP) web app into one or more dedicated iPad apps (maybe a universal app that'll also work on an iPhone). I understand that to do serious development work I'll need an iPad, a Mac (a mini or a macbook seem to be the cheapest options) and a signup for the developer program. So far so easy.
My second point of confusion is about getting to grips with app distribution. This will be an app that is given to couple of hundred existing customers as a 'free' extra on top of their web app subscription, and will only be relevant to them. The wider world has no need to be aware of it. The process for getting the app needs to be as straightforward as following a link in an email. What's the best way to reconcile these requirements with Apple's various distribution channels?
I realise that it might seem illogical to specifically want an app when there's already a perfectly usable web version of the same thing; but logic often loses out against fashion and the enthusiasm of big boys for shiny toys.