App Developer (with Matt Bauer)

Expect that you’re going to fail a certain number of times, but that then you’ll succeed. Don’t worry about not doing great with your first app, just keep going.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”  For the majority of human history these words were a great motivator, but probably not very realistic.  There was a whole lot that just plain and simple could not be done.  Then, with the advent of computers, that statement seemed a bit more true.  Those with enough time and money could tackle all sorts of problems.  More recently, with the proliferation of the internet and smartphones, it would seem that statement is darn near fact.  Apple realized this fact back in 2010 and coined the phrase “There’s an app for that”.  Today there are tools online that can help just about anybody program an app to do just about anything.  Matt is one such anybody and in just a few short months he learned how to program apps that solved his problems.

They’re all very simple concepts, but the hard part is getting used to them. You can always get the information, but to actually internalize it you need to program for a bit.
If you make something that you like, at least you’re happy and you have an audience of one that’s really happy. If other people like it, that’s great also.

Interview Contents

3:45 - Matt’s background.
5:00 - Picking up the abilities needed to make an app.
7:00 - Making an app for your own enjoyment.
8:30 - The amount of time things took Matt, and how long it would have taken had he not had any background.
10:00 - Learning on Udemy.
12:30 - How long would it take someone with no experience to make their first app?
14:00 - The complexities of coding.
18:30 - Being really talented at coding.
20:30 - Making an outline of what you want to code.
24:00 - The time and code involved for making Matt’s most recent app.
27:15 - Finding bugs.
30:15 - The most important foundational things for newbies to learn.
32:30 - Matt’s growth from his first app to his second.
35:00 - How Matt’s apps are getting recognition.
38:00 - Advice.


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