“Live Blogging” The Development of An App
I’ve begun building a new web project, this time with a twist. In the past I’ve put together projects with the intention of creating a business. I’ve always had a more altruistic thought in my head that perhaps I could building something that actually helps people (not in the Silicon Valley way). But, being human, I never took the time to attempt this. Recently, however, I transitioned into a very cool role in digital marketing. This means that build a web project can be a pure hobby, and my work can be my work. Switching roles has cleared my head enough to be able to separate my career advancement from my love of learning how to code.
I get a PM every once in a while from someone who has a question about branding, social media, hosting, coding resources, marketing and the like. Every case is different, but sometime the answers follow basic principles. I’ve also noticed that building something new can be way more exciting and educational than pulling along something that has been around for a while. So with those two things in mind, I decided to blog about nearly every step I’m taking while putting together this new app, which is called Rungs.
There is a fair chance the app will “fail”, since I don’t believe anything great can be worked on just a few hours a week (at most). But the plus side is that there really is no failure here because the entire project is designed to be educational, to the point that all of the code will be open-sourced. Worst case scenario, we’ll all be left with some lessons on what to do and what not to do, as well as some nifty code snippets.
All of the posts for this project end up in a specific category on this blog. But unfortunately for this scenario, the category listing shows the most recent post, which means that if you want to start from the beginning, you almost need to go backwards. Here is a solution for that:
- Click here for the first post.
- Use the “Next Story” link on the left side of the screen (you’ll need to open the left side menu if you’re on mobile to get to that button) to go to the next article in the series.
Leave any questions and comments along the way, I would be more than happy to discuss any part of this. Please forgive me for any slow response time, this is a hobby after all.