Just Doodle While You Work…

I was mindlessly doodling while installing a few computer programs today and this sweet little moment appeared on my paper…

Without sharing too much information, I am currently working on my first iPad/iPhone/Android app and the topic DOES involve pregnancy… this sketch might have to make it into the project somehow.

I have been wanting to get involved in app development for a couple years now. I am a bit of a geek when it comes to computers and I love a good challenge. I’ve taught myself how to do HTML and CSS programming, as well as a bit of JavaScript, so I’m hopeful that learning to code apps won’t be too great a leap. I know there are some great drag-and-drop options out there, but from my experience with web development I think it is always a good idea to have a clear understanding of the framework behind a build before you go that route. Otherwise, you don’t ever really know how much better your project could have been with a little more knowledge and flexibility.

That said, I did a bit of research this week and decided to start with using the Appcelerator Titanium Studio. I chose to use it for a number of reasons. It’s free, it came highly recommended from another friend, has great reviews online and allows you to create iPad/iPhone apps and Android apps from the same code (with a bit of tweaking). However, the biggest reason that I chose it was because it supports HMTL5, CSS3, and Javascript coding… which I am already familiar with.

My first snag came when I learned that you can only do iPad / iPhone development on a Mac running Snow Leopard or later (though I wasn’t really surprised). Currently I am working on a Sony laptop… despite my love of all things Apple. This discovery lead to an impromptu Ebay purchase of a suitable Mac Mini. My goal is to upgrade to the Mac Pro soon… but the budget didn’t allow for that just yet. Rather than wait for the Mini to arrive next week, I decided to install Titanium on my PC and start learning how to use it under the Android platform for now.

I eagerly downloaded everything that the program requires and started watching the online videos provided by Appcelerator. They weren’t very helpful so I ended up purchasing the Appcelerator Titanium Smartphone App Development Cookbook for Kindle from Amazon. I sat down to follow along with Chapter 1 and quickly learned that I hadn’t installed everything I needed yet.

Once again I CAREFULLY read through and followed the steps in the online installation guide HERE. (This is one good example of where following directions the first time could have saved me a lot of trouble… so take your time.) After a couple google searches to correct minor error messages, I was finally able to open my first blank project. Ahhh… progress.

Tonight I’ll be working my way through Chapter 1 (at least). Hopefully I won’t run into too many snags from here forward.

I plan to document my experience with Titanium for those of you who are interested in learning about development. I’m sure I will stumble a lot along the way but I am up for the challenge. None of us can deny the effect that technology is having on the publishing industry… and I’m really excited to be in the middle of it all.

2 Responses to Just Doodle While You Work…
  1. Ishta Mercurio-Wentworth
    July 1, 2012 | 7:20 pm

    WOW – go, you! You’re brave, taking on something like app design, but smart, too. Have fun!

    We met in NYC at the SCBWI conference – it’s good to reconnect with you. 🙂 Keep us posted on your progress with the app! I might need to hire you one day to make an app for me.

    • Andi
      July 4, 2012 | 10:59 pm

      OF COURSE I remember meeting you Ishta! Thanks so much for the encouragement… it’s going to be a fun adventure! Hope things are going well for you too!

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