Well CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas was a blast! As expected, we simply couldn’t do it all in a day … not even in three days but we certainly did our best. I spent the first third of my time exploring the CES floor, satisfying my “tech geek” hunger to see the newest technology. I then shifted into Application Developer mode for the remaining 2 thirds of my time at CES – viewing all the technology I encountered though the lens of an application developer. I was inspired by most, prompted to explore by many, and working to use and integrate a select few. I hope to provide more details in a future posting.
The MoDev Hackathon at CES was the biggest eye openers for me. My business partner and I entered the contest with a dynamite idea in hand. Although we didn’t expect to win the grand prize we had high hopes that we would win at least one prize. Sadly we didn’t win at all. It was a huge disappointment for us. We knew we had a winning app idea (still do). We knew we had a winning presentation. However after reviewing the video footage of our demo I objectively came to the only conclusion about why we lost: the app’s overall interface SUCKED! Truthfully speaking, I was ashamed of what I saw and that motivated me to analyze, evaluate, and take action. So what happened?
So to that end I am spending the next few months evaluating and learning the languages, IDEs, platforms, and paradigms (my tools) I currently use to develop apps. In addition I will be evaluating other tools used in the development community. I find that the best way to do that is to create one or more small projects that tests the capabilities of each of the tools. In most cases I may need to combine two or more tools in order to complete my learning objective. At the end of each evaluation I will try to post a short tutorial that will explain what tools I used and how. First up …
I will be evaluating a different combination of tools each week and posting my finding. So keep an eye on this site. You never know when you might discover something that could help in your application development efforts. And if you do please share your comments and views. I’d love to hear what you have to say.
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