I’ve been a developer for a year now, and a lot has changed in that time.
…. OK, so admittedly it’s not really been a year until the 5th of August (my birthday) – but I felt like writing this today.
I submitted my first iPhone app on my 21st after toying around with GameSalad for a few months prior to that. Castle Climber, it’s called – and for a first attempt it actually went quite well.
I enjoyed GameSalad; I liked the community for the most part and although the lag time got to me I didn’t feel as though I was ready to learn Objective C.
Then things changed.
On October 13th I made a blog post (since removed) after (the now gone and forgotten by most) “GameSalad Direct” stuff was announced. The idea was that all GameSalad users would be forced to publish through GameSalad. We wouldn’t have our own Apple accounts, we wouldn’t have our own names and we could have to pay for the “privilege”. (There was no alternative, no “Pro” license to let you continue as you were – nothing!)
Someone from Corona got in touch and I ended up getting in contact with Carlos to discuss my thoughts, my concerns, etc. – He was brilliant – and I can say without a doubt I would not have gotten into Corona if not for him.
Don’t get me wrong, Corona is freaking AWESOME for easy iPhone development (and Android, of course, but that isn’t really my thing) but I needed a bit of guidance.
A month later, in November, I wrote my first lines of Lua. Within 3 weeks I had my first Corona SDK app waiting for approval. (Happy Doodle Sushi Smile.)
Since then I have turned Techority into what I would call a success; I get mountains of traffic and emails, (sometimes more than I can handle,) I sell templates that people seem very happy with, I’m writing a book, doing the odd training session and, of course, I now have a casual gig with Ansca, which I love.
This kind of success (I’m not saying that I am successful, only that I was 21, using an SDK for kids with no real prospect of doing anything better,) is only achievable because of Corona.
Lua is a great language, Corona is a great SDK and it IS easy once you focus your efforts.
I’ve gotten to know so many wonderful people and a lot of wonderful people now know me – the number of which always surprises me. I never thought I’d become “known” in the community, I only knew that I wanted to contribute however I could.
I guess I’m just reflecting as my birthday approaches and thinking how lucky I am to have found an SDK that is fantastic and not run by anyone looking only to make a buck and to know so many of you; far too many to name, I’m afraid.
I don’t know what the next year holds for me, but I know I’ll still be here running Techority, I’ll still be using Corona and promoting it to anyone who listens (because I believe in it) – and maybe another few years from now I’ll make it to the States and you wont have to listen to me whinging about the weather here – but until then, it’s f’ing freezing and I’m going to go and defrost myself!
And yes, I will post a new tutorial in the next day or two – scrolling backgrounds for BOTH portrait and Landscape.
My best wishes to all of you.
PS – Expect a delay in answering emails around my birthday; even I have to take a day or two off from time to time