App: My Story

From Danny Choo to iMac to iPhone to Apple Developer Program


Comic I made when I was in master course

My first app was a bingo game. Prior to that, I only knew how to code in Java. Before learning Java back in college, I always thought that software was the result of magic. When I entered master course in Japan, I was coding sloppily in C for research. Mostly playing with GNU Scientific Library. I didn’t have a Mac nor an iPhone. I even teased my friend who used OSX on his laptop back in college.

A year passed by since I took master course and I still had no idea what I was doing. Then I stumbled upon an article by Danny Choo about his passion and how he started his career. I can’t recall which article it was but probably this article about pursuing passion or this article about how discovering Japan changed his life. Reading about his life got me thinking that I needed to find something I’m passionate about. After digging through more articles on his website, I saw his iMac. I was amazed by how beautiful it was. I ended up buying one for myself. My very first Apple product.

One day in the class room, I saw my Japanese friend playing with his shiny black phone. I was interested so I asked if I could take a look. There was only one button. And it has this slide to unlock mechanism. Mind. Blown. It was iPhone 3GS. My very first iPhone.

Having free time and lack of interest in what I was doing at that time, I decided to get the Apple Developer Program. Learning Objective-C, submitting my first app, and receiving my first payment from the App Store admittedly changed my life. I decided to quit PhD and took a job in a startup in Japan as an iOS developer.

And that’s how I got into the Apps world.


I’m writing this to support App: The Human Story. I didn’t plan to write anything since I figured my story is not that exciting. I haven’t made any hit game or app like Flappy Bird. But I’m making a living doing what I’m passionate about and I want to share it with others. I’m also pretty proud of the app I’m making for the company, Monoco (Japan App Store only), and my own latest apps, Delightful and Kaomoji for Mac.

If you’re an app developer, help them to reach their goal in kickstarter and spread the word. It seems like it’s gonna be an interesting documentary.