Is it relevant after 13 years?
This is about writing technology posts and reading them 10 or more years later. How relevant you think such posts could be?
Recently I took a break from corporate culture to try out few business of mobile software ideas. As part of new routine I decided on the challenge of writing at least 1000 words per day about technology, mobile development and about building something people are willing to pay for. Such writing helps to better crystallize your thoughts and ideas before hitting publish button. It also pushes you to read more what other people think about technology and software.
I already knew few good posts written by Joel Spolsky on this subject but other day I decided to quickly go through early entries on his software blog which started at year 2000. I say quickly as there are 1108 posts in total on his site.
Can these writings by someone who at the time was (and to the day still very much is) well familiar with software world be relevant even after 13 years?
I find that some things are still much relevant. And here on my blog from time to time I’ll share my thoughts on why they are.
First one is Joel’s post about human aptitude and lowering the bar.
If for example only 20% of potential users can understand what problem your new great and shiny mobile application solves – you are right away loosing interest of another 80% even if your app actually has a solution to their problem. Your application has to communicate very clear and simple message. Through its interface, app store presence (or other distribution channels for that matter) and through social communities who will share the message further.
Engineering efforts have to be justified by research, great knowledge of your users and their behavior while using mobile software you are building.
Now days building software has became an art of putting various peaces together and making them work.