Consulting – The Business Side of Software Development

Jeremy Olson (@jerols) speaking on the business side of iOS at RWDevCon

Back in January of this year I finally signed up for Brennan Dunn’s DYFC Masterclass.  I say finally because I had it in my mind to do so, for several years now, ever since my colleague Joel Hooks gave an overwhelming testimonial for it.  When I signed up, I got DYFR for free, along with a ton of other resources.  All of the resources I received have been phenomenal.  But that has just been the icing on the cake.  The real benefit, I think has been Continue reading “Consulting – The Business Side of Software Development”

Podcasts I’m currently listening to

Jay Thrash (@jaythrash) is interviewed on the NSBrief podcast by Saul Mora (@casademora) during 360iDev

I previously posted a couple of times what podcasts I was listening to.  Back then, I was driving up and down the East coast every weekend between Maryland and Atlanta, so I had a lot of time to listen.  Now, my commute time is much less, thankfully.  That also means I spend less time listening to podcasts and audiobooks, and that time has a much more result-oriented focus. Continue reading “Podcasts I’m currently listening to”

The idiocy of technical interviews

Square Wheels

Some time ago I read this post, “I will not do your tech interview“.  It’s an awesome commentary and I agree with it wholeheartedly.  As a consultant, I have to do a lot of interviews, and many times it’s hard to know a lot about the company who is going to interview me, or their corporate culture, or what to expect, ahead of time.  Hence, for me interviews are a two-way street – I am as much interviewing my potential client, as they are interviewing me.  Today I had a particularly hilarious interview.  The interviewers started off the interview by telling me their names and then proceeding to read from a grocery list of academic text-book questions.  That alone made me do a double take, even though I had been warned this would be a ‘technical interview’.  What, you don’t want know jack about me?  How are going to know if I’m pleasant to work with, or what my personality is like?  If those things don’t matter to you, what kind of insane work environment do you guys have?

At the end of the interview, which was for a Flex project, I asked them, ‘so, are you guys using the latest Apache Flex build, or what version are you using?’.  One of the guys proceeded to give me another grocery list – this time of all the technologies they are using, from Ruby, to MySQL.  Hm.  Let’s try that again.  ‘WHAT VERSION OF FLEX ARE YOU ACTUALLY USING?’

He said, ‘oh we’re using the old (Adobe) one, because Apache Flex doesn’t support AIR’.

WOW.  Can you spell M-O-R-O-N?  Never mind, that Apache Flex has always supported AIR from day one, and that if it didn’t it would be like Microsoft not supporting Windows anymore.  Any monkey who bothered to even visit the Apache Flex web site would realize that.  So, what you’re telling me, is that at your company, where you’re building ‘enterprise level’ projects in Flex, nobody in your team has bothered to keep up with the current state of affairs of Flex itself, and you’ve made serious architectural decisions regarding your software based on some ridiculous assumptions?  Yeah, sign me up right away…NOT.

On building and marketing your application

Interior Design App (source: http://arlab.nl/media/ar-interior-design-app-decolabs-and-twnkls)

from one of my LinkedIn contacts (re-posted with permission):

Hello Mr. Kamal,Thanks for adding me to your professional network. I’m a student at Marymount University, and I’m pursuing my master degree in interior design. I’m taking a course in professional practice this semester, and working on a business plan project! My business plan is about creating an application to be used on by interior designers from all levels (beginners, intermediates, and professionals). since you’re a professional in this field, I want to ask your help! I have several questions: Continue reading “On building and marketing your application”