I made a resolution on Jan 1. There is nothing extraordinary about it. I have been making such resolutions every year. Am sure you do too.
There is one thing extraordinary though.
Unlike other years, I didn't forget about it by end of January. I persisted in getting started and archiving it. I am glad I'm midway achieving it.
Are you curios?
I have programmed extensively for web and desktop. But never for mobile. Way back when Palm came with its PDAs, I tried my hand in developing apps for it. But I never got past the 'hello-worlds.' I did try many times after that, but somehow it never materialised.
The desire to develop a mobile app continued but it remained just that - a desire.
Once I developed BlogEasy for MacOSX, I was closer than ever to fulfil that desire. I decided to pursue it vigorously.
Starting Jan, I listened to the fantastic lectures by Prof Paul Hegarty of Stanford. I also bought three books (normally I don't spend a dime on technology focused books, since they become outdated quickly). I started out slowly. I wrote small snippets, downloaded lot of code from github, searched through stackoverflow, when I was stuck. I was ready to write the app.
There was just one more issue to be handled.
I already had a packed life with two kids and a full time assignment. Finding time was a major challenge. I deactivated my Facebook account, cut down on tweeting, quit mostly on TV. Yet, I couldn't get large chunk of time, needed for a focused development. So I would get up as early as I could and stayed as late as I could. I avoided going out on weekends; I read and replied only essential emails; and let RSS feeds remain un-read.
Progress was slow. Yet I kept at it. Everyday I would drag myself and sit at the same place and code — even if it was just few lines of code. I made no exception.
By mid-March, the app was in a good shape for testing. I tested. Then I asked around — in twitter and facebook (I activated FB by then). Shanker came forward to test. I submitted the app for Apple's approval on 26th. May be it will be approved in one shot or may be it will take few iterations. I don't know. I'm waiting anxiously.
It has been an incredible first quarter. I'm happy with the journey so far in this year.
Contact me if you want to test BlogEasy for iOS devices. I could surely use some helping hand.