iPhone frustrations | dev problems and general WTF?

I am going to preface all of this by saying I love my iPhone. I do, it’s awesome. That being said, there are few things that really make me wonder just WTF they were thinking.

On top of my WTF list is the process involved in retrieving images sent to my phone from other mobile devices. I would really like to meet the brain child who thought it was super user friendly to have to make me go to a website, and enter in, not one… but TWO alphanumeric strings to view the image that was sent to me. All from a device that is incapable (for now) of copy and paste. This has to be one of the most retarded things i have ever come across, and the rocket scientist who dreamt that nightmare should go back school and learn about usability. Given the fact that the images are not stored permanently there, why they just wouldn’t create a linking system like twitpic is beyond me. Just tack a freakin’ GUID on the end of the URL for Pete’s sake! Gah.

Another thing that plagued me this afternoon was setting multiple devices to enable my iPhone to accept my almost completed app. I went through the setup process of adding the device only to get a code signing error. The same error that hundreds of other developers have gotten. Luckily for me all I had to do was go under Project > edit project settings and then change the Code Signing Identity to the right profile, and viola! I was in business. This seems really clunky to me, and left me wondering if there was abetter way Apple could handle this. If this happens to you, and the Xcode UI options doesn’t fix it, there is a manual process described here, and other places.

Today has been quite frustrating as far as my Apple Developer stuff goes. In general I have accomplished very little. I was unable to open a business checking account because the po-dunk chuckleheads in town decided to make up their own rules in regards to what I need to open an account. Rules contrary to what other banks say, and what the legals dudes who set up my LLC say. The gal on the phone actually said to me, “well, here at bumf$%#! bank, we have our own set of rules…”, well you can guess who she was talking to after that morsel of knowledge. That’s not to say there aren’t any folks in town who know what’s what – but this old biddy was playing with a box of rocks as far I could tell.

It seems like this is the longest, most arduous process available to get this all taken care of, and it looks like it will probably another 3 weeks before I will have my app in the App Store. I hope it goes faster, but I’m not holding my breath…..