It’s been almost, what, 3…4 weeks since starting on the current android project. I should probably be concerned it has taken so long, given that it really doesn’t do much. Oh sure, it’s a little more involved than a memory game or a tip calculator….but it’s not something ground breaking.
I’m sure a lot of this time drain can be attributed to still learning…probably the next project of a similar size will go quicker. I’ve developed, if nothing else, a small respository of capabilities I can simply cut/paste from now.
One thing I’m kind of disappointed in is that I didn’t post more “how to” or insights/discoveries here. I’ve really been just too focused on actually COMPLETING the app. I normally love to share what I’ve learned, but it is a time consuming process. Honestly, if I posted everything I learned making this app it would essentially just be links to stackoverflow or other people’s blogs, all of which helped me immensely. But I definitely plan to be more forthcoming in the helping-others department on the next big project, mainly also because I don’t expect that project to go nearly as quickly!
I’m hopefully only a half week from release now. I’ve got both versions ready..simple (free) and pro (paid). I’ve been testing them quite a bit and have 1 other tester helping out too. The only major things I can think of still to do are 1) finishing the preferences (they’re all in place, they just don’t really affect anything yet) and 2) putting the ads in the free version.
I’m actually kind of on the fence about putting in ads. The free version really doesn’t so much, at least compared to the paid version. The main problem is that this app is meant to kind of run in the background, and so it’s not something you spend a lot of time directly in…thus, you don’t have someone’s eyeballs for a long enough time to make putting in ads very effective. I’m almost wondering if I’d get MORE people interested in the app (and thus possibly paying for the Pro version) if I didn’t put in ads in the free version.
It may boil down to whether or not I can put in ads and have it not be completely “in-your-face”. I’m not exactly sure where to put them yet, though I have some ideas. We’ll see.