If you’re interested in developing smartphone apps, you can either create OS-specific apps using the native Android or iOS software development kits (SDKs), you can build an HTML5 mobile website that works across devices, but is limited in what device features it can access, or you can build your app using tools that enable cross-platform publishing. Corona is one such tool, which essentially allows you to build your app once, then publish it across several platforms. Easy peasy!
To help teach people about the wonders of Corona, Ansca, the company behind Corona, created the Corona Ambassador program earlier this year. Richard Darling, of Ewa Beach app developer Keiki Apps, is the ambassador for the Honolulu area.
“I saw it as a great opportunity to organize local CoronaSDK developers,” says Darling. “Since this group is under the Ambassador program, we have direct contact with, and support from, the CoronaSDK team.”
“May 5th will be our first meetup of the year,” continued Darling. “It is designed to introduce CoronaSDK to both mobile developers and designers. Attendees should have an understanding of the benefits as well as what they can do with CoronaSDK. We plan on having a meet up every 30 – 60 days. In our future meet ups, we will focus on specific tasks and/or features.”
“Richard is one of a set of accomplished mobile developers that we selected to represent us in different geographic areas,” explained Rangel. “The goal of the Corona Ambassador program is to develop communities of mobile developers that want to learn about Corona, exchange ideas and network on a regular basis. We worked with Richard to set up this meetup and will build it up over the next few months.”
Mobile app development is becoming one of the biggest trends in software, with most of the credit for creating this marketing going to Apple and their paradigm-shifting iPhone. Hawaii-based companies, like Darling’s Keiki Apps, Shacked Apps, Pas de Chocolat, ShakyPlanet, and others, are doing their part to help Hawaii stake a claim to the billions of dollars being generated from app sales, in-app purchases, and advertising.
With Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, the opportunities for mobile app developers has been taken to an entirely new level.
“As you know, mobile development is a huge trend right now and it presents both independent developers and companies with big new opportunities,” says Rangel, in what could prove to be the understatement of 2012. But, only for those who know how to build their own apps!