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
In this episode, Donn talks about the three things that every developer needs to know how to do.
These three things include:
How to identify and stop premature optimization
How to write tests and know the difference between unit, integration and end-to-end tests.
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.
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.
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.