When Bubble Ball unseated Angry Birds as the most downloaded apps, headlines everywhere buzzed with the news that the creator of the new top game app is 14 year-old, Robert Nay. He had learned it all from a book at the public library that showed him how to use the Corona SDK mobile platform. And of course the next step in this series is the question – if a 14 year-old can do it, can you? The answer is a definite, “yes.” As it turns out, Ansca, the company behind Corona SDK released Corona for Newbies, so that even the most code-illiterate person with enthusiasm can take the first steps into app development. It’s like an eBook, only better. The tutorial assumes that the person reading Part 1 has absolutely no knowledge of coding.
As yet, not much is known about the exact path of Robert Nay, but Jonathan Beebe, creator of an app called, Doodle Dash used the same path. His original idea was to use PHP to develop his app. By chance, he stumbled upon Corona which uses the Lua scripting language. (For hard core programmers, Lua, somewhat like Pascal, was developed by a team at a university in Brazil.) Beebe downloaded a 30 day trial version of Corona and in eight days had completed the Doodle Dash app. The app previously existed in a simpler form on another platform. But as anyone who has played a game app knows, graphics are required. Naturally, the second piece of the puzzle is Biffy Beebe, graphic designer and also Jon’s wife. She draws, he writes and soon enough another mobile app is born.
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