It All Starts With A

For months now I have been planning to write my first iPhone application. I have a few ideas that would make great mobile apps, so I did my research, I downloaded the development software, and that’s about as far as I got.

I finally decided to take the plunge this week, and, after applying for the Apple iPhone Developer Program, I read horror story after horror story about the wait times. Some people waited a week, others waited months. As I sat there reading all of the negative accounts, I began to question whether or not I was doing the right thing.

Then the phone rang. Within two hours of applying for the program I received a phone call from an Apple employee who was calling to confirm my business details. I was informed that I would receive an email with the developer agreement and then after paying my yearly fee, I would receive my developer information. After all of those horror stories, I wondered if this is where the wait began.

I received the email less than an hour later. I read through and then agreed to the developer agreement, paid my yearly developer fee, and prepared to wait. I didn’t wait long. Within two hours, I received my developer license and I was ready to go.

Five hours. From application, through verification, past the agreement and payment, all the way to final approval. It only took five hours. Was I the exception to the rule or are those horror stories just that, stories?

I’ve been programming two-thirds of my life, learning new systems and protocols every step of the way. Over the past 10 years, while working for The Big Fat Liar™, I stagnated. Because of the work load I was not able to keep up with the latest and greatest in new programming languages and techniques.

I tried to convince The Big Fat Liar™ that we needed to move forward, expand our product base, and offer a new approach to the technology we specialized in, and each time I was shot down. Looking back on the decade that I spent working 16 hour days, taking just two vacations in those ten years, and focusing solely on the success of the company, I realize now what a detriment it was working for that company. I gave them all that I had, but in the end, they screwed me over.

At the time I was angry, and I hoped they would pay a price for the decision they made. But today, I am happy. Don’t get me wrong, things have been tough, but being laid off was probably the best thing that ever happened to me.

It’s been a rough year, and things are still rocky, but I’m regaining my focus. I have a drive to learn every day, and soon, very soon, I’ll be submitting my first app to the iTunes store.

Yes, that’s right. Because as of today, I am a bona-fide Apple iPhone Developer. Watch out world, here I come.

One thought on “It All Starts With A

  1. I came to your blog to refresh my memory about the tag cloud widget you use and this post grabbed my attention.

    I can identify with so much of what you’ve written (though you outgeek me 2-to-1). Giving your all, watching your skills stagnate while you’re loyal to company first, gaining the freedom to follow your passions, scary as that can be, after being laid off…

    Congratulations on being an Apple iPhone Developer. And once you get your app into the store, I hope you’ll remember there’s another very lucrative ‘A’ you should explore.

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