iPhone language support

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iPhone language support

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I'm looking into what it takes to develop for the iPhone. All I can find so far is info on how to make iPhone compatible web pages.

Does anyone know what languages the phone supports (j2me? C++?) for native apps not web pages?
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Re: iPhone language support

Posted 21 November 2008 - 08:38 AM

I know that most mobile apps are Java based. I would start there.
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Posted 21 November 2008 - 08:48 AM

I don't think the iPhone supports j2me, I was asking here incase someone could confirm or deny this. I've not seen and official list of what it support but I've heard through the grape vine that it doesn't support java but may support C. I just cant find anything official that tells me outright.
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Re: iPhone language support

Posted 21 November 2008 - 08:51 AM

My friend Google says:
http://developer.apple.com/iphone/
http://blog.taragana...ations-in-java/
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Posted 21 November 2008 - 08:54 AM

That's interesting and not surprising I guess. I know every phone I ever had ran Java so I just assumed since they have numerous books for developing mobile apps. Why be different? Well then again it is Apple.

In that case from what I seen obj-c & the Cocoa framework.

Here is an interesting article for you.

iPhone SDK Development
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Re: iPhone language support

Posted 21 November 2008 - 09:22 AM

Thanks guys.
The only phones I've known not to support java are pda phones. My old Treo 650 had no native support but you could install IBM's JVM onto it.
Our games still flickered though, like the screen refresh rate was off, so we gave up on supporting it (it wasn't in our key demograhic anyway).
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Posted 21 November 2008 - 09:51 AM

It's a bit strange that OS X has Java already installed when you get it but the iPhone doesn't support it.
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Posted 21 November 2008 - 09:59 AM

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No. The iPhone will not support Java applications of any kind. Steve Jobs has been quoted as saying "Java's not worth building in. Nobody uses Java anymore. It's this big heavyweight ball and chain."

We can't disagree with the last part of Jobs' scathing remark, but stating that Java doesn't get used anymore couldn't be farther from the truth - especially in the world of mobile devices.

In any event, the iPhone will not offer Java support.


I wonder what the real reason is...

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Posted 21 November 2008 - 10:14 AM

Probably some internal anti-Sun politics or something.
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Posted 21 November 2008 - 03:52 PM

objective C? Odd, i heard the iphone supported .NET languages
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Posted 21 November 2008 - 04:13 PM

Safari supports a subset of ASP .Net but I don't know about non-browser languages.
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Re: iPhone language support

Posted 21 November 2008 - 07:02 PM

View Postfooboo, on 21 Nov, 2008 - 07:31 AM, said:

I'm looking into what it takes to develop for the iPhone. All I can find so far is info on how to make iPhone compatible web pages.

Does anyone know what languages the phone supports (j2me? C++?) for native apps not web pages?


FooBoo, when I looked in to doing an Iphone app I didn't get down to which language was being used but I found that the sdk is locked down to one specific apple OS only being supported. There are people out there doing hack job emulators to get around this of course. But the reason we were looking in to the iphone was a commercial app for a very specific industry and the chance of getting blacklisted after all of the work and time it would take was too much of a risk not to mention of course we didn't have the money to invest in new mac computers to comply with apples development requirements to put our app in their online store.

So do you currently own one of the latest mac machines? Or are you not worried about selling your app through the apple iphone store online?
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Posted 21 November 2008 - 09:20 PM

I know that my physics teacher wrote a game for the iPhone in objective C using their SDK
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 06:32 AM

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...too much of a risk not to mention of course we didn't have the money to invest in new mac computers...

I think we'll be in the same situation as you. I work for a company that create mobile casinos for mobile/cell phones.

We supply to the middle man, we make the games, the game engine, and a front end website then sell that to someone who wants their own mobile casino so our customers are business people who often do have pda phones and iPhones etc.
They like to see things working on their handsets but the target end users don't have those phones. Our games work fine with about 95% of the phones out there but not so on the ones we don't really need to support for the end users.

We keep getting asked if we'll do iPhone versions but from what I'm finding out here it wont be worth the investment just to make versions for a handful of middle men.
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Re: iPhone language support

Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:19 PM

View Postfooboo, on 22 Nov, 2008 - 05:32 AM, said:

We keep getting asked if we'll do iPhone versions but from what I'm finding out here it wont be worth the investment just to make versions for a handful of middle men.


It's a shame that apple locked the sdk down like that rather than porting to other platforms, I was looking forward to the project.

Hey fooboo do you use vs 2008 for your development? I wasn't trying to copy your thread and I dont know if thats what people think as I've got zero replies.

I'm just trying to find out if anyone is using VS for pda or phone dev and what options are readily accessible IE built in.

This is the thread if you or anyone has a moment:
http://www.dreaminco...wtopic72966.htm
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