Over the first 6 weeks of this course I have overcome several problems and feel as though I am making headway into my goals for the first time in a long time.
I have successfully set up a programming environment for Python & Kivy on Windows (and then again on Linux due to a full system meltdown) and started a Jekyll blog. The app jam was a success in my eyes, however I was unable to use Python & Kivy due to my lack of knowlegde and the pressing timeframe, so instead I built my app using the MIT App Inventor which enabled me to meet my MVP.
This gave me the advantage of not having to know any programming syntax, being itself a point and click pseudo code builder. Meeting my MVP meant that I had an app I could show my client (in this case my football manager), and test in a real world situation, highlighting unforseen bug and desperately needed features.
Every time I heard the word “smart” I think of this clip.
My SMART objective:
I’m going to rebuild my appjam app (PitchPal) using Python & Kivy, so that I can gain a better understanding of building an app from scratch in a relevant language, and I’m going to master my time planning while I’m doing this. I’m going to commit at least 5 hours per week for the remaining 7 weeks of the module, meeting weekly targets so I can track my progress.
There are numerous online resources that I can use to support me with this, most notably Stack Overflow for specific problem solving, but I will also be working through the book Learn Python the Hard Way. Obviously I will also be using all of my notes and resources from the app jam.
For time management, I will be using Trello and committing to a weekly blog update. I have provisionally organised the 7 week breakdown as follows:
- Setup working environment
- Create app structure
- Creat app functionality
- Create app styling
- App app improvements
- Finish app
- Launch app
Be transparent in your actions, and secret in your plans - Paulo Coelho