Building In Public

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MessageSimply.com

Time for a new quick-win project. The idea is one I’ve been wanting for my own sites, and I couldn’t find anything to match. It’ll offer a simple widget that pops up on your sites, but rather than being an all-singing, all-dancing customer comms/support/chat/helpdesk widget, it’ll have one function: Take a message, a name, and…

Finally, An App Framework

I’ve tried a number of times to create a SAAS framework app. Something that takes care of: Authentication (user registration, email verification, social login, password reminders, roles and permissions) User self-service (profile/settings/configuration, subscriptions, one-off purchases, invoice downloads) Site administration (configuration) User administration (ability for users to manage their own dataset in the app) I’ve been…

Consolidation

So, nothing written here for 2.5 months. What happened? First, January. Nothing drastic, but I just needed time out. I did things with the family, played games, met friends, etc. No real side-project work other than keeping on top of email, twitter, etc. But things picked up in February…

Cancelling UseTemplate.app

Decided to formally cancel the above project, which was an API-based service with very small potential market anyway. I’d intended to use it to help automate my Ten Things I Found newsleter slightly, but then A. I found out the Integromat does actually have a mustache (javascript template library) module anyway, which I hadn’t spotted…

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Build vs Buy, Part 2

In the previous post, I mentioned that I was looking into Bitrise for building the iOS and Android apps for Notifium. I’m still working on that. My conclusion is that Bitrise is a great tool. It’s based around workflows, each of which consists of a number of steps carrying out the build activity for your application (whether…

Build vs Buy

Working in enterprise situations, you hear a lot about build vs buy: is it cheaper to create an IT solution yourself, or buy-in a solution from a third-party? It’s not always down to cost, obviously – other factors apply like requirements, security, privacy, integration into other systems, the supplier’s financial solidity, etc. But ultimately, those…