Last year, Jason Terhorst of The Apple Blog put together a cute tutorial demonstrating how to build a simple RSS reader for the iPhone. At the time it violated the NDA, but it went up anyway. If you haven’t seen it, however, it’s well worth checking out, as it’s a great way to get into developing your first “useful” application if you haven’t worked on one already.
Jason works through from starting up XCode and creating a new project through to building the project, adding code, and parsing the XML of an RSS feed. The full project can also be downloaded (16KB archive) so you can play with it right away.
Beware that the code examples in the tutorial automatically have and similar combinations converted into smileys! This isn’t a problem with the downloadable source, however – just be aware of it when working through the tutorial.