In the last 4-6 months I've worked on three seperate iPhone apps.  The previous two attempts were aborted when I saw something very similar appear in the app store.
This time is different... I'm making practice and the app is actually usable to me today.  I'm currently trying to line up help with artwork and putting some finishing touches on feature set but it's close, very close.
So what changed?  Did I think of an idea so freakishly creative that no one else has done it?
Sadly, no.  Initially I thought it was unique but I know of at least three other apps with very similar functionality but this time I've actively ignored them.  Yes, thats right, instead of doing the 'sane' thing of looking at the other products and thinking how I could do it better I've ignored them -- I know they exist but I'm choosing to pretend they don't.  I intend to ignore them up until the point I'm done and then maybe, just maybe, I'll take a peek (to make sure what I push out to the app store is at least competitive)
It's crazy but its working -- I'm happily working on my app with my head in the sand.  It's kind of like having a baby and not finding out the sex.  You get a planned suprise -- Completely rationale? perhaps not but it's the only way I can keep from giving up.
I'll post again when It's up in the app store (or, if I give up I'll post and let you know why)
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Well I did it. I had been debating for a long time about WWDC. Honestly it's a big commitment. I need to take a week off of my 'day' job and it's a $1300 ticket. Fortunately for me I live very close to San Francisco so I can commute in every day (~1.5 hours) or (more likely) I will stay with my wifes parents who live in San Francisco very close to a train station (I can get from their house to Moscone in about 10 minutes!) Anyway, yesterday I got another promotional flier and noticed the early bird discount ends sometime next week (I don't offhand remember the exact date) and decided to buy a ticket. So I'm now $1300 poorer but hopeful that by the end of WWDC I will have completely forgotten that. As I've mentioned before I'm still relatively new to the Mac (maybe 2 years at this point)so I'm not really sure what to expect at a WWDC. I'll get to watch his Job-ness give the 'note which will be fun and I'm looking forward to the various lectures & labs but we'll see if it ends up being worthwhile. I will, of course, report back (what I can anyway :-) )so stay tuned to the blog during WWDC week. Oh, and here is where I get to start a unfounded rumor. Apple will announce 3rd party support for iPhone at WWDC and in an attempt to jumpstart development will hand out a phone to all attendess!
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Off for a few days

I'll be off for a few days taking some R&R -- I'll try to keep up with support email & what not but forgive me in advance if my response time is longer than normal.



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