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Announcing Tabsmitten and Using Parse Server

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Now that I have a real deal app on the App Store, I'm confident in announcing a project, no matter how far off it may be. Disclaimer: I might abandon this idea because I find something more rewarding to do, and I'm not sure of the timetable. The majority of college kids and 20-somethings are short on money, and they expect to be paid back for things they pay for. I for one expect my friend to buy… [read more →]

Fame Begets $: Marco Arment + Overcast, Patronage Pricing, and Marketable Apps for Indies

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Marco Arment is a pretty well-known guru in the Apple world. He started as a blogger and super-successful web developer, kept up with his craft, and built up quite a formidable following. As a result, his patronage model of his podcast app Overcast has been wildly successful. Is this a great model for the average Joe like me? Not so much. A well-executed podcast client that is a perfect app made… [read more →]

Moodsmitten: the Journey

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Exciting Times It's been a long time since I quit my job in December 2015. Money's been tight, and life hasn't been a cakewalk, but in March I decided on a course of action, abandoning client-side JavaScript development and the Microsoft stack for iOS development. I'm excited to scrape together some sort of living using Apple technologies, and I have a positive outlook for the future. A Higher… [read more →]

Progress Report

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It's been quiet here at Soundsmitten for some time, but I'm alive and well. Work on my first iOS app is well underway, and it's starting to come together. I've been learning how to structure code in an iOS project. There's a couple of techniques I've picked up on the way that I'll briefly describe here. The first concept I've found really helpful comes from Matteo Manferdini and his excellent iOS… [read more →]