Last year was the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone, and this year it's been 10 years since our world as developers changed with the release of the iPhone SDK. I'm sure you've read Craig Hockenberry's article by now as it's been widely shared, but it's a great look back at the really early days of development on the iPhone. It also seemed to trigger something and quickly Twitter was filled with great stories of everyone reminiscing on those days, so let me go next with that. πŸ˜€

I clearly remember the announcement of the SDK, I was working on a Mac app at the time and it took everything I had not to immediately abandon it and get started on an iOS app. I managed to resist, but as soon as it was done I immediately dived right in and shipped my first app to the store a few months after the launch and I was hooked.

In the years following, I wrote (and helped to write) apps both for my own company and for others. I also trained hundreds of developers on Objective-C and iOS development. I spoke at conferences everywhere from the USA, to Russia and all over Europe. I also started a newsletter! πŸ˜€I can honestly say that in my whole career I have never been so passionate for so long about any technology as I continue to be with iOS. It really did change my life.

The last few years have taken me away from primarily doing iOS work, and while I had an amazing time working on Curated, and other email related things this anniversary couldn't come at a better time because I have a little announcement to make. As of this week, I am now again an independent developer working for myself and so, iOS is back to being 100% of what I do! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

So what are my exact plans? I don't want to make too many firm promises as I'd rather let things happen naturally and be able to say yes to things as they appear, which is something I haven't been able to do in quite a while. However, I do have some plans in progress, and there will even be a (very) small announcement of something right here, next week, so keep an eye out for that!

As part of this change, I'll also be going back to being the sole author of iOS Dev Weekly. I'd really like to say a huge thank you to both Evan and Vicc. They have been an enormous help over this last year and both brought fresh new perspectives on the iOS world. Thank you both, it's been wonderful working with you.

Sorry this turned out to be so long! Let's get on with the important stuff... The links!

Dave Verwer  






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