I recently read Eric Ries' Lean Startup, it's excellent, a must read for anyone doing any sort of product development, not only software.
The nutshell version that I wish every developer & designer should would take to heart:
What you're building is not art, it's a functional workflow. Your design is an experiment to make that interaction the most satisfying user experience possible. You are not your user.
Thursday, 3 May 2012
What an amazing time to be a developer. It seems like 10 year old hypothetical situations have suddenly exploded into reality. Node.js, github, NoSQL, Metro, WinRT, ASP.NET OSS, it's like a whirlwind. As someone who's always specialized in not specializing it's almost overwhelming to try keep up.
What I do know is this:
The web won.
Even databases, I don't think it's a case of "Why NoSQL?" anymore. In most use cases I have to ask "Why SQL?", and do I really need to host my own? (Quick plug for Cloudant and MongoLab ;) )
To the point,
I'm starting a new learning app, it's a Metro C# music sequencer I've dubbed "Seque Beat" for a bit of fun.
Nothing really there at the moment, I want to explore portable assemblies, TDD, all the good stuff, feel free to join in.