Learning… and buying shiny toys

My MacBook Pro

This past week has been an interesting adventure. The Mac Mini that I had ordered finally arrived and I quickly began to set things up and install the software I needed for the app development. I ran into setback after setback in the process. First, I learned that you needed to have a paid Apple Developer account to get a version of Xcode to run on the Snow Leopard operating system. Knowing I would need it later to sell the app, I begrudgingly paid the fee and continued installing.

After two long days of installation and troubleshooting it appeared that I could start development. I started working through Chapter 1 of the Titanium Cookbook (that I discussed in my last post). After a bit of code, I launched the iPhone simulator…. and nothing happened. I tried the Android Emulator… nothing.

6 hours of troubleshooting ensued. At 5am I finally came to the conclusion that the problem was a memory issue (or lack thereof). My Mac Mini only had a total of 2GB of memory and some random installation instructions I found suggested that you would need much more than that to run Titanium Studio.

I went to bed… exhausted and defeated.

Yesterday I had a long talk with my husband and we decided it was time to upgrade my computer anyways. We headed to Best Buy and decided on the new MacBook Pro with retina display. OF COURSE it was out of stock. We began calling other stores and quickly learned what a hot item they are right now. Luckily we were able to locate one in Rogers, Arkansas. We paid for it over the phone and went to pick it up this morning.

As soon as we got home I plugged it in and began setup and installation. A couple hours later I had Titanium installed and all the simulators were working perfectly.

I know that there are probably a lot of people out there who can work through all the bugs to get the program running on an older machine. I’ve even heard of people who have reconfigured their Operating Systems to do iApp development on a PC. In the end it wasn’t worth the hassle to me. Sometimes it just helps to have the right tools.

I installed my Wacom and Photoshop tonight and I plan to start working through a few more chapters in the cookbook tomorrow. I can hardly wait.

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