Corona: Another 3rd-party iPhone development SDK is now open to developers for pre-beta testing.
One thing that sets this SDK apart: The engineers are “former Adobe mobile software veterans” who worked on the mobile Flash ecosystem.
At the moment, there is no public distribution build. The only way to test a project is by using the Corona Simulator that comes with the SDK. Corona is still at its early stage, and the final product is targeting end of Q3 2009.
For me, there are some important questions:
- Does Corona generate native Objective-C code or interprets Lua code at runtime?
- How much does the final distribution license cost?
- How stable is the final code?
- Is memory management handled efficiently?
Nevertheless, it is good to see more 3rd-party tools and SDKs for iPhone development.
Update: Today (June 24), this article talks about Corona. “When the developer has his Lua code the way he wants it, he submits it to the Ansca Web site, where it will be compiled into an iPhone application ready to submit to Apple’s App Store.”
Even though it seems to simplify the workflow, this may not be ideal because:
- the complete project and code is submitted to Ansca
- sounds like the developer does not get any Objective-C code for tweaking
- developer is locked into Ansca’s terms for future deployment