22nd January
written by Randy

For the past 10 years, I have made my living as a programmer, and a damn good one. I’ve stayed familiar with current technologies and I have only accepted job offers from companies where I could grow and move forward, rather than sit and stagnate in old, comfortable skills.

Since the introduction of the iPhone, it was obvious that the world was changing, and as a programmer, it was never unclear how that would affect me. But what’s interesting is how slow actual businesses are to move toward what’s new, and how much slower developers are to learn those things.

It’s a catch-22. Businesses want their apps developed by people with experience building apps. Developers want their companies to give them that experience. Nobody gets ahead.

Today, it’s not just the iPhone. Today, we have the iPod and the iPad, and even AppleTV is using iOS. Who knows what will be next? The time is now. I need to have this skill, whether it’s for the purpose of getting a job somewhere else, or just for the sake of earning money from the sales of my own app.

Therefore, my fifth yearly challenge for 2011 is to put in the time, learn what I need to learn, do the work, make an app, and have it published on Apple’s App Store.

This involves more than just learning the language and APIs for iOS, it also includes becoming a registered developer, learning the ins-and-outs of the app store, and generating attention. Success in this will be measured by making an actual sale.

Now, it seems the first thing I need to do is figure out what kind of app the world needs…

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  • http://www.davidmansaray.com David Mansaray

    Excellent challenge. One of my bucket list items is going to be “learn to programme’ I’m not yet sure which programming languages I’m going to invest my timeinto, however, Cocoa is deffinitly in the top 5 selcetion.

    It will be great to watch your progress on this one.

    I’m cosdering an application for the iphone/ipad where All of my social networks are accesible from one loation with some extra’s of course this will depend on the success of my blog http://www.davidmansaray.com
    nevertheless, somethign to look forward to. I wish you the best of luck :)

  • http://www.yearlyglot.com/ Randy the Yearlyglot

    I’ve never believed that unified social media apps really provide any value… especially on a device like iPhone, where compartmentalized functionality seems to add value.

    Currently, I’m inclined toward a WordPress app, since there are currently no suitable options to fit this need.

  • http://www.davidmansaray.com David Mansaray

    I agree with you to some extent but I think that really depends on how big your brand is, but for most people I suppose you’re correct.

    Yes a ‘good’ app for WordPress is needed. It would be great if you could pull that off. The official WordPress app is pretty useless!

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