Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Every Once in a While...

Since the original release of Beginning iPhone Development about a year ago (has it really only been a year??), there have been several little thing that have happened as a result of the book that have meant a lot to me. Things like seeing the picture of that nine year old kid with an app on the App Store holding up a copy of our book. Things like getting to meet Steve Wozniak. Things like getting tweets from readers thanking us for the book. All sorts of little things that just wouldn't have happened had it not been for the book.

I had another one the other day while I was traveling, and I didn't even really realize it had happened until I got home. On Sunday, I received a tweet that said
FYI: I decided to develop for the iPhone after reading your book, and mainly learned how from it. Thank you! Approved 1st try
Now, that's pretty neat no matter who the author is. Dave and I both love to hear about people who have started programming, or gotten back into programming using our book. It's a huge ego boost for us. It makes us feel good. For me, it makes me feel like I'm paying forward, in a small part, all the help that I've received over the years.

It wasn't until today that I realized that I knew who the author of that tweet is. Dan Bricklin created VisiCalc, the world's first spreadsheet computer program. It was the program that really put the Apple ][ on the map and proved to many people that a "personal" computer could do serious work.

Dan's also a book author, having published Bricklin on Technology this year, and the reviews of it are phenomenal.

If you're curious, check out Dan's first iPhone App: Note Taker.

For those of you who are too young to remember VisiCalc or to have used an Apple ][ outside of a computer museum, this may seems like a minor thing. But for me... well, if I kept a scrapbook, this tweet would go in it, and I would be picking out some really cool stickers to go around it. Glittery stars, dinosaurs. Maybe even dinosaurs with laser guns. And some spaceships. Definitely a couple of spaceships.


Ross said...

Very cool.

By the way, I'm a big fan too. I learned iPhone development using your book as well. Cinq app in the app store was created after learning from the book. Also, the Note Taker app is very nicely done, and I DO remember VisiCalc (definitely dates me).

Tim said...

Another "thank you" from me. Your book and the Stanford iPhone programming course lectures (and finally buying a mac) got me into developing. 2 apps approved so far and another "under review..."

Thanks Jeff!

philyates2007 said...

Me too! Having a crack at my first app at the moment. Learnt everything up to now, gives an excellent walk through of the basics and gives me the confidence to dig through the apple docs to find out the extras that aren't in the book :)

Matthew Frederick said...

Wow, that is incredibly cool (and I'm one who remembers Visicalc as well). Along with those other words of appreciation, it would be better than being paid for the writing.

Rock on, Jeff.

jsd said...

Congrats Jeff. I do remember Bricklin & Visicalc quite well. I also got a huge amount of mileage out of your book, so thanks for that.

Cannonade said...

Nice one Jeff. Very cool. Dinosaurs with laser guns, there should be an app for that ;).

Matt Thomas said...

Woah, that's really cool. I checked out the app and it's pretty awesome too. While he could have comfortable retire by now, it's nice to see he's still hacking away

Ian said...

I keep meaning to thank you too! I'd done mostly scripting and web programming before choosing your book based on reviews. My first app Precreator is a face-mixing app that was approved for the App Store on its first try. Your book continues to be a great reference, thanks!

Gargs said...

I got a new job I love and a boost in my career path thanks to your book. I now develop iPhone apps full time. Thanks!


Quantum Necesse said...

With all due respect, but it *is* the best book out there for beginning iPhone developers.

I've bought many Apress books on iPhone development since but "Beginning" is the one that I return to most.

Absolutely. Brilliant.

Ordered "More" this week. Looking forward to it.

Keep up the good work. See you on NSConference in the UK !

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