In the past year or so we've seen hundreds (probably more) of iPhone app sites, and we've gotten really good at spotting classy developers. The general feeling we've picked up is that if the developer hasn't put much work into their app's site, they probably haven't put enough work into the app either. So the key here is to have a spiffy site that entices customers to give your app a chance. To help those who may not be aesthetically inclined, Web Designer Wall has posted a great list of tips and examples for creating top-notch app sites.
If you're a developer, or even a designer looking for some inspiration, it's a great piece to check out.
Stanford University opened their CS193P iPhone Application Programming class a few months ago focused on developing iPhone apps within the Cocoa touch framework. Since then they have made several complete lectures available for free download in PDF format.
In the spirit of encouraging development after greatly loosening their iPhone developer NDA, Apple has posted several sessions from this year's WWDC 2008 to iTunes U. Unfortunately, they're only available to Premiere members of the Apple Developer Connection program.
With the incredible popularity of the App Store, the once blooming genre of iPhone web applications seem to have mostly been reduced to a few mobile versions of popular websites. While some pretty cool tools have since shown up for web apps, none have revitalized them. Now a group of developers is trying to breathe life into the dying art with the PhoneGap framework that offers access to new parts of the iPhone's API.
The people over at Apps Amuck.com are taking a new approach to iPhone app tutorials. They are creating 31 useful iPhone apps in 31 days to provide teaching examples you can use if you're trying to start writing iPhone apps.
Apple sent out emails announcing their iPhone Tech Talk World Tour today. They are hosting a series of free events that teach how to use the tools they provide to create iPhone apps, as well as work with them to optimize the code, refine the interface, and apply what you learn. The talks are free and open to both those new to developing, a long-time veteran or an IT guy.
Since Apple lifted the NDA for released applications, it is now possible to create teaching materials on how to develop apps for the iPhone. The Pragmatic Programmers recently released their own set of screencasts for beginners that want to get started making their first iPhone app.
The Pragmatic Studio is offering a 4-day training course in the form of a hands-on workshop for developers looking to create professional iPhone apps. The course is being led by software dev Bill Dudney and Daniel Steinberg, author of Cocoa Programming: A Quick Start for Developers. The event runs from November 10-13 at the Inverness Hotel & conference Center in Denver, CO.
Global IP Solutions is preparing to release VoiceEngine, an SDK that will let iPhone app developers integrate real-time VoIP call functionality into their apps. Using this technology, developers will have the ability to build stand-alone VoIP applications for the App Store, as well as integrate the functionality into things like games, chats, social networking, and more.