First off, I want to thank everyone that has been using my little app for the last couple of years. I personally still use it from time to time when I’m playing a game, or I want to pass the time.
The original goal of the project was to create a cross-platform application and get experience releasing software to the various application stores and to see what kind of interesting things analytics would tell me.
In that time, there have been 20,000+ people download the application, and about 3,000 regular unique users per month still using it.
One of the unexpected surprises was to get feedback directly from my users. I had several people thank me for making it, and several of you also provided some great suggestions to help make the calculator even more useful.
So, here I am sitting at my desk, and I’m in the process of updating the application with many of those great suggestions.
I expect I’ll have a flurry of blog-post updates over this week as I try to get it updated. I mainly want to share my experience and record it for posterity.
So, if you’re following this and you have any suggestions, now’s the time to let me know.
Here we go…
I’m always full of ideas and a passion for excellence. My wife convinced me to write down my journey so as to share it with everyone else.
At first I paused… I’m really not very good and repetitive things, things that keep me to a schedule, etc… After several months, I usually lose interest, find something else shiny, or just plain get bored.
That said, as I get older I’m finding it easier to just keep things cool and calm and consistent. Finding my rhythm in life I guess.
Quick background. I’ve been working in the computer industry for almost 35 years (hurts to write that). I’ve developed a multitude of products, ranging from imaging software for small businesses, to multi-billion dollar software for some of the industry giants.
You’d think after all of that, I wouldn’t want to continue programming… Quite the contrary. I find programming to be exciting and challenging. I’m always looking for ways to push my knowledge, explore a new algorithm, or just make something fun.
That’s where this comes in. I’ve been taking a break for the last year playing other games instead of programming. I want to use this opportunity to get back into the thick of things and get the creative juices flowing again.
Almost everywhere in the industry, people are talking cross-platform. So, I thought I would give it a go outside of work and see where things led me.
Welcome to my journey…