Today we have the pleasure to interview another of our top iOS developers: Kadir Gunduz, creator of the 4th most popular app ever on Chupamobile. We are talking about iOS Poker Pro – Texas Hold’em. Kadir has centered his work mainly on poker apps, creating top games that our community is loving. Read what he told us about iOS development below:
Chupamobile: Hi Kadir, thanks for being with us today. For a start, please give us a brief bio of yourself.
Kadir: I’m 33 years old, I started developing at the age of 16 on the Windows environment. I spent the next 14 years programming software for various industries all on the Windows system. I built my own car dealer management system called Virtual Yard (virtualyard.com) and moved into iOS development about 4 years ago.
I have built many iPhone and iPad apps since and iOS Poker is my biggest and best code to date. I’m currently head of technology at an “above the line” advertising agency here in Sydney.
My plan for the future is to continue developing iOS Poker and improve upon it as best I can.
C: What did your very first App looks like?
K: My very first app was for my car dealers using my Virtual Yard software. It’s called Virtual Yard no doubt and is available still for download. It allows the dealers using my software to take photos of their stock (cars) and have them sent automatically over the internet to any websites they advertise their cars on. It wasn’t that advanced and doesn’t really look that cool.
C: What development blogs or websites do you visit daily?
K: I find I’m regularly on StackOverflow, though I never go directly to a particular site. My first port of call is Google and I’d debate that my searching ability is up there with the best. I learnt to program myself, I never went to uni and basically hacked my way through it. Nescafe (coffee) and Google taught me everything I know.
C: How a mobile app template, like the ones you sell on Chupamobile, can help other developers in completing their projects?
K: Well I’ve spent more than 6 months on my code now. I have no doubt that using my code will save you more time than 6 months of work. To build a game like this you need to have a solid understanding of PHP multiplayer server side scripting and Objective C. 99% of the load to run this game is on the server and this is where you want it. The app is just a window to what is essentially just chips moving around a row in a database.
What I have built is a skinnable ready to play Texas Hold’em poker game. All you need to do is change the logo and name of the game and setup your in-app purchases in iTunes. It really is that simple. If you want to get fancy you can spend more time skinning, but there’s no real need if you don’t want to.
Using someone else’s code is always a leg up if it’s appropriate for your project. I know with my iOS Poker it would cost in excess of $100,000 to get this built here in Australia. The money you can save on development time and learnings is huge and that’s where the real benefit is. There are so many learnings packed into already developed code and you need to consider this too when deciding to build yourself or buy.
C: What do you think about your experience in selling app templates on Chupamobile?
K: Chupamobile. Wow! I’m having a ball. I’ve made regular monthly sales, I get paid on time. You guys have great support and the best thing is you listen to your developers and you help the customer. You guys aren’t just sitting around and I like that.
C: There must be a project that you have always dreamed of doing, what is it?
K: To be honest I don’t have a dream project. Whenever I get an idea I build it. I’m always getting bright ideas and getting half way through the build and realizing “this isn’t going to work” or “it’s not as good an idea as first thought”. However, every now and then, like with iOS Poker, I go through the motions and out pops something that to me is amazing.
C: Do you have any suggestions for all the other aspiring authors out there?
K: Do it. Write the code, make it as best you can and put it up for sale. The App Store’s offer great opportunities for everyone and that code you wrote for your own app might make you a few extra dollars for someone else’s.
C: Anything else you would like to say?
K: For those looking to buy code Chupamobile is great, you can rest assured the code is of good quality and will serve your purpose. For those looking to sell their code, start selling it isn’t hard!
C: It has been a privilege, thanks very much.
K: Thank you!
If you liked Kadir’s work, have a look to his last project: iOS Poker Enterprise – Bitcoin Version, a top quality app template full of incredible features. Click on the image to learn more: