Making Tucci: What Is It? And Why?

I made an app — it’s called Tucci, and I worked on it with Tiffany. Download it here, it’s a freebie.

What

Under the hood, Tucci uses HackerTable’s data and presents it with some new filters (all kosher with HackerTable’s maintainer). More importantly, HackerTable links don’t deep-link to OpenTable correctly on mobile browsers, so Tucci fixes that.

Making Tucci also introduced me to the phenomenon of robots making reservations. Apparently there’s a whole ecosystem of automated ticket sales and reservations — concerts, movie tickets, restaurants, all of that. When Star Wars VII tickets become available in a few weeks, I like to imagine some will get snatched up by rudimentary C3P0s and R2D2s.

Why

We spent far too much time trying to get things done and not nearly enough time asking the key question, “Ought this thing to be done at all?” — Peopleware

Why build anything?

Put simply — practice making products, and I’ll get better with practice.

I help make a product at work, and we also think about improving how we work and our ability to quickly make the Right Thing, but I wanted to target different “muscles” on my own in the limited amount of time I have.

Why build Tucci?

What stood out about Tucci was 1) there was nothing like it on the App Store 2) it was possible to leverage HackerTable to do the heavy lifting 3) I could see a path for it to evolve after a first version.

I started hacking on it over Labor Day, and got it submitted to the App Store a few weeks later after odd hours of tweaks and a burning desire to ship the damn thing. Tiffany finished most of the design in the first day, versus the several days of engineering it took to make it work end-to-end — so it goes, as always.

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Download Tucci from the App Store, it’s a freebie.

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