The Yackandandah Folk Festival App - A Story About Stuffing Up Until You Succeed!
Want to hear a tale of last minute rejections, expeditions and pulling through by the tips of our folking beards? Do you want to see a couple of backend devs blunder around until they have something that's good enough for both the iOS and Android app stores? Or do you just want to see some goats, fiddles and bunting?
Good news! Folk fan or not, come along for a wholesome dose of community spirit, overcoming the impediment of a life spent with Ruby on Rails and triumphing against adversity!
Outline/structure of the Session
My case study is a humorous and light-hearted look at our experiences getting to both app stores for the first time, and ends with a positive message about community spirit and hitting your goals. In my humble opinion, this would make it a great talk to finish the day or to enjoy with a beer in hand! Whilst I don't plan on diving in too much to the app code itself, and the presentation won't be too code-heavy, doing just enough to get into both stores has given me a good viewpoint on how to learn new things.
(3 minutes) Introduction - who I am, what we built, what/where is Yackandandah?
(3 minutes) Our first mobile app - learning iOS and getting to the App Store for the first time
(7 minutes) Round two - learning Android, Java and how they compare to iOS and Swift
(7 minutes) Rejection - being suspended from the Play Store, last minute appeals and 11th Hour Typos
(5 minutes) Conclusion - Learning new skills, complementing your existing knowledge with side projects and using accountability as motivation
(5 minutes) Questions
* Resources for learning iOS and Android
* Apple and Google App Store rejections and processes
* How to learn in new fields