I’ve been a software developer for mobile platforms. During my short career, I’ve developed for iOS, Bada, Symbian, and Android. The most interesting platform and developer tools for it is iOS so far. It provides a great language (Objective-C), SDK, tools, and documentation. Most of that is free, however to test your apps on a device you, as an Apple Developer, need to join the iOS Developer Program.
This is a small post about my recent enrollment into the program. Here are a few important points:
Apple is very strict about your personal information. That is, your name in the account and on your paying debit/credit card must match, otherwise you’ll be required to provide an ID with your photo. It’s not always possible to change your name in the account, I had to email and call the support for that.
If you pay with your card that has a limit for online purchases, you’ll need to call to the bank to lift the limit temporarily. NB: Apple doesn’t charge your card right away after you placed your order! In my case, the delays were about six and twenty hours the first time (two attempts for an order), and four hours (successfully) for the second order.
Great, I can now test apps on devices, publish them to the App Store, and attend the WWDC!