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.