Where to start…

Ok, so I need to figure out what idea to work on.

I forgot to mention a couple other resources I picked up: The App Design Handbook and Design+Code I’m skimming them now… no time to read them cover to cover… but I need some guidance on narrowing my focus and picking the right direction.

One of the standouts is the concept of making a video for your app (mentioned in the App Design Handbook). This is interesting… basically the idea is that I should be able to come up with a video for my app. I don’t have to make it – just have to be able to plan it out. If I can – I have a well developed concept…

So that’s what I’m doing now.

I’m building an iOS app. Right now.

That’s right. I’m building an app right now.

I’ve found myself here with the precious commodity of time after doing the obligatory family visits over the holidays. I’ve always had a couple ideas, but never had the time. So here I am.

Getting started is always the hardest part… luckily I’ve been preparing for this moment for far too long… sort of an analysis paralysis kind of thing. I’ve been through a bunch of iOS online programs so I’m not completely green, stuff like iOS App Development with Swift Essential Training by lynda.com. I’ve also read a few books on the subject, Beginning iPhone Development by Apress is a good place to start if you’re just getting started – in fact I’m going to keep this at my side as I get going here – to reference the basics in case I get stuck. I’ve also purchased The Complete iOS 8 Course with Swift by Bitfountain. I’m going to reference this as well if I need to.

For the backend? I’m a rails (is it Rails?) developer. So I’ll use that. I’m gonna stub it out with hard-coded values to start… not really worrying about most of the backend until the end. I’ll push the app to Heroku so I can test it easily during development.

So what am I building? Well I have a couple ideas. I’m going to continue blogging my process and the problems I am hoping to solve, so maybe you’ll be able to figure it out… but for now… its a surprise.

Let’s get started!