An App I made recently made its very first post on Facebook! I made it with the Corona SDK after having first set up a Facebook App for it to connect to. The code was 99% written for me, but it was still very exciting to see that message appear on my Timeline! This means that I can write Apps that can post message to FB about how much their users love my Apps, which is a hugely important form of advertisement. Up until now I’ve been using GameSalad, which is great for simpler games with a fast time-to-market, but basically can’t do networking or social media stuff at all. One cool thing about Corona is that I don’t have to actually pay for any licensing until I’m actually ready to ship an App. I can do all of the development and ad-hoc testing for free. This is a brilliant way to sell the tool, because I will know with 100% certainty if the tool is the right one *before* I pay for it.
I’ve also been working with AppKeyz, a company that provides alternate payment processing and CRM management for Apps. With AppKeyz, you can give away unlimited promo codes at, for instance, SXSW, or a given SXSW event, or sell codes at a retail establishment like Target. It frees your App from the App Store, enabling a much more flexible approach to selling and marketing Apps. I successfully managed to validate their system using Corona, and will be including it in my first Corona-based release.
Once I get the code cleaned up a bit, I’ll post the AppKeyz Corona code here!