I’ve never written about a new project this early in the development stage, but I thought it would be a good exercise to help me organize all the thoughts in my head. I’ve been working on a very basic workout logging app called Jaakt and I would like to explain some of the initial process behind the project. Choosing a Name I wanted to use a common bodybuilding adjective for the app and I ended up choosing “jacked” because I thought it sounded best.
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I got sick of posting lengthy programming tutorials so I sat down and tried to come up with a more condensed way to do things. I concluded that programming tutorials usually follow this pattern: introduction code followed by a description of the code code followed by a description of the code code followed by a description of the code conclusion What is wrong with this pattern? Too much repetition!
Last September a small team and I started ForkJoy. ForkJoy is a web and mobile app that lets you search/review/photograph restaurant menus. As you probably know already, there are a lot of similar apps in this space. As developers, the only way to keep track of dozens of competing apps is to install each of them and check the changelogs as updates come out. Obviously this is a hassle, so we came up with a solution that we call Follow These Apps (FTA).