Anyone who knows me knows I’m completing my first iOS app. I’ve been working on it for a short few months at night; I do have a day-job. I’ve learned may lessons along the way. It’s truly a labor of love.
I wanted to create an app for many months before I started working on this app. But, I could not think of many unique or clever ideas.
My mind would drift from idea to idea that other apps already implemented well. Nothing unique; I was stumped…
I asked some friends for ideas, and I started “an app.” The effort to create it was tedious and boring! I lost all interest and loathed it. It was The Ugliest Winnie!
Another few weeks of this torture passed and I then learned some key services the app needed were changing, requiring huge changes to the work I managed to complete.
Finally! A reasonable excuse to give up! I QUIT! I felt as if I just escaped a prison sentence!
About 6 months later I was sitting on my sofa doing my everyday stuff on my iOS devices and in exasperation thought “Geez! I wish there was some app that allowed me to do A, B & C!” Whoa? Is that “An App Idea?”
As the saying goes: “Necessity is the mother of invention!”
I began “The App” and found this time the effort was a joy! I blocked off hours each evening in my calendar for coding. I began keeping a journal of lessons learned as well as things I need to figure out.
Even when I wasn’t in front of my computer, I was thinking about the app: solutions to things needing solving, next steps, idea tweaks, anything.
So, where did all this love and focus come from? It came from selfishness! The app idea was born from personal need. I wished I had something, and I had the means to make it.
I’m making it because I need it. I think there are many others who will agree with me it’s very useful, and will want to use it.
I estimate 2 more months of work before the app’s ready for beta testing…