215: From Side Project to Full Time via Watch Faces with David Whittaker and Ross Manges


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In this episode, Donn talks to David and Ross from Squeaky Dog Studios about building a business out of a side project.

David and Ross are long-time serial side project developers with experience that dates back to the Palm era. They’ve built games, apps, and now Watch Faces.

We dive deep into how they went from building their watch faces for Android as a side project and how they turned it into a full-time business in which one of the co-founders works full-time. We talk about building the app, pricing, support, which features to build, paid vs free, trial conversions, supporting your app and much much more.

If you’ve ever wanted to build a side project into a business, and it’s app-based… this one is for you.

Links from the show

David and Ross’s Links

Android Apps by Squeaky Dog Studios on Google Play

Other links by Squeaky Dog Studios

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214: 3 Things Every Developer Needs To Know How To Do

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In this episode, Donn talks about the three things that every developer needs to know how to do.

These three things include:

  1. How to identify and stop premature optimization

  2. How to write tests and know the difference between unit, integration and end-to-end tests.

  3. How to set up a continuous integration server

    While there are vast arrays of other things all developers need to know how to do, and we will cover them in future episodes, this small list will help you vastly in your career. It has helped mine (Donn) a ton.

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Continuous Integration Server Platforms

  1. Managed Services
    1. Github
    2. GitLab
    3. Bitbucket
    4. Azure Devops
    5. CircleCI
    6. Bitrise
    7. Codemagic
  2. Self hosted
    1. Jenkins
    2. TeamCity

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213: How to Pick What Technology to Learn Next

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In this episode, Donn answers a listener’s question. The listener wanted to know how to choose what to learn next in Tech.

Donn provides 6 tips (actually 7 if you count a hidden one) on how to pick what technology to learn next. He provides a simple framework that will help you check whether you should pursue a particular technology or not.

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AndroidJobs.IO

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  • Post jobs and sign up here: AndroidJobs.IO

Donn’s Free E-Book on Freelancing/Consulting Rates

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@fragmentedcast or our Youtube channel

@donnfelker and donnfelker (on Instagram)

Freelancing for Mobile Developers (Donn’s YouTube)

kaushikgopal (on YouTube) or blog.kaush.co or @kaushikgopal

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212: Growing an Online Presence in the Software Industry with Philipp Lackner

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In this episode, Donn talks with Philipp Lackner about growing an online presence within the Software Industry with Instagram and YouTube.

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You’ll learn how Philipp went from 0 to over 80,000 followers on Instagram. This was done all organically by posting valuable content every single day to his feed.

You’ll also learn how he uses YouTube (as well as Instagram) as a marketing channel for his own course products that he sells via his site.

We wrap up by talking about content strategy, what tools are used, captions and hashtags. This episode is chock full of great info if you’re learning how to grow your following online.

Tools that Philipp Mentioned

Find Philipp Lackner online here

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211: Why Learning React is Good For You as a Developer

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In this episode Donn talks about why you need to learn React (or Flutter) – so you can truly understand the Unidirectional data flow pattern in a framework that was built for that purpose alone.

Working with other frameworks which bolt on a custom unidirectional data flow is often hard to understand. When you work with React and learn how it works, the concept of Unidirectional data flow starts to make much more sense as that is the default way to implement UI’s in technologies like React (and Flutter).

This exposes you to the pattern and helps you understand it. In turn, this will help you become a better developer.

Show Notes

Unidirectional Data flow Image

http://www.donnfelker.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/unidirectional-donnfelker.png

How to learn React:

How to Learn Flutter

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