‘Build your own iPhone app’ course planned for September

31 Aug 2009

A course that enables people to learn how to build their own iPhone apps co-developed by Patrick Collison whose Wikipedia app has been downloaded 300,000 times, is to kick off in Dublin in two weeks.

Collison’s Wikipedia app has been listed by the New York Times as one of the seven must-have offline apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The five-day course, the brainchild of Collison, Daniel Heffernan and SQT Training, ran for the first time in August.

The next course is being held on 14 September at the Castleknock Hotel, Dublin.

It is targeted at people with object-oriented programming experience (C++, Java or C#) and costs €1,500 with a 10pc discount for students.

Heffernan said the previous app school turned out a number of apps within the week and which are now pending approval from Apple.

“App School has seen developers come from no iPhone development experience to being ready to submit their apps to the App Store,” he said.

“There is so much untapped potential in the iPhone platform and Apple keep adding new functionality meaning that there will always be more to learn and always be new apps to be developed. I’m looking forward to seeing what apps our future students can make and based on dialogue with past students I know many exciting apps are already on the way,” Heffernan added.

There are currently over 75,000 apps available in the Apple iTunes App Store, ranging from free downloads up to US$900 per download.

Heffernan said that iPhone apps can be considered a potential investment area for businesses who want to engage their customers on new platforms.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years