The past few months I’ve been saying that I had figured out what I wanted to do and that what was most important right now is that I needed to code. Just code. Not designing, not figuring out, not learning new things; coding.
Last month I vowed to “just do it”; I did.
What worked? Getting back to basics. For me this meant firing up VIM and typing code that was approximately what was needed until I was done, the programming equivalent to a writer banging out a page quota on a typewriter. No editing, no API referencing, only reconciling things with the design I had written down.
I still never found “side-project time” but I did find time. A few minutes in the morning while the coffee brewed, an hour on the train when I couldn’t sleep, a weekend slot between gardening and a bicycle ramble. In true Side Project fashion, I made time out of nothing and did my best.
The basic functionality is now in place, the app is now what I had wanted to be using months ago. I’ve come to the most fun part of a side project, the time I get to start using it!
- I wrote the code powering the list-sharing features.
- I wrote a full-text search that can then be saved.
- Bring the client up to date with the API features.
- Screenshots of the app in action for next month’s post.
- Find hosting and practice deploying.
- Start using my app!!!
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