Create an app? It’s easier than you imagined

To make learning parts of speech fun, Grammar Girl set out to develop an online game. Using the GameSalad platform, she realized her dream. Now she shares her experience.

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You have a great idea for an app. You want to make an interactive book? A tip-a-day app? Maybe turn your content into a game? (Gamification is so hot these days!)

But you have a problem—no budget to get it made. Or maybe you got a quote from a developer that was 10 times more than you could afford. That’s the position I found myself in about a year ago.

Because I am known online as Grammar Girl and I love word games, it was a no-brainer for me to make a game app based on matching words with parts of speech, but it became clear that unless I did it myself, it wasn’t going to happen. I despaired. Then I discovered a tool called GameSalad, and my dreams were within reach. Grammar Pop could exist.

Gone are the days when you need to know Objective C to make an app. Today, you don’t even need to know what Objective C is; you just need to have patience and be willing to tinker, because now there are companies that create the underlying app code for you.

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