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What do I need to code on a jailbroken iOS device?

I think I've already got all of the programs that I need - Xcode 4.3 (and iOSOpenDev), the iOS 5 SDK, theos, ldid and dpkg.

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Actually there is a specific stack exchange site proposal for jailbreak development discussion. See this question and if it interests you, follow the link and add your support. –  Adam Eberbach Mar 26 '12 at 9:37
That link links to this link:… Good to know, thanks! –  mythofechelon Mar 26 '12 at 9:47

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The Cydia FAQ is probably the best source of information on this topic. See Here’s an excerpt:

Q: Where do I get started with developing for jailbroken iOS?

A: It helps to know something about developing for normal iOS. You might also check out the iPhone Dev Wiki.

The wiki it points to has several “Quick Start” articles:

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That links back to the iPhoneDevWiki, which is incomplete and out-dated. :/ Thanks anyway, though. –  mythofechelon Mar 26 '12 at 9:19
@BenHooper You’re right; there are pages on there that mention iOS 4.3 without mentioning iOS 5. But does it really make that much of a difference? Whether you’re developing for iOS 4 or 5, it’s still the same development workflow. –  Mathias Bynens Mar 26 '12 at 9:22
Yes, you are right that it would involve the same workflow, but when you wish to develop tweaks that target very specific parts of the iOS 5 UIKit, it does matter. –  mythofechelon Mar 26 '12 at 9:28
@BenHooper Yes, but those specific parts aren’t jailbreak-specific, and are thoroughly documented by Apple, e.g.… I’d suggest to use the iPhone Dev Wiki to get jailbreak-specific info, and use Apple’s official developer docs for everything else. Hope this helps! –  Mathias Bynens Mar 26 '12 at 9:30

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