Updated JPToggle!

I just had the urge to update JPToggle, and it was a lot of fun!

What’s new?
- You can now add multiple contexts at once!
- NSNotification Support (you can now get notified when toggles change, to make real time changes to those toggles)

And there are lots of unit tests ensuring that this stuff actually works. :)

I hope to build out a way to support A/B testing soon (or A/B/C/D….. testing, because why not?)



I created a basic feature toggle library for iOS called JPToggle, which can be found on Github

It’s really easy to use, and since this blog post will get outdated, I will refer you to the README file.

Basically, I wanted a way to add/remove context (like DEBUG, DEMO, ADHOC, RELEASE, etc..) and have the toggles work accordingly.

The library comes packaged with tests, and I hope to only improve on it from here on out.

Coming soon: Notifications.  Objects can register as observers for toggle changes.  Maybe I’ll even see about integrating with ReactiveCocoa.  We’ll see.

Anyway, enjoy, and tell me what you think.  I would like to use a similar concept for a cloud based feature toggle service, but that’s still a thought in progress…

Weekend Startup anyone?

I have this idea to turn Sixpy into a weekend startup.  I have a full time job and a social life, so I can only dedicate so many hours a week to Sixpy.

Here are the commitments I expect from the team:

1. Equal founders
Everyone in on this from the start will get an equal cut of the equity over 2 years. This is supposed to be a very fast moving startup, so the first vesting period is at 6 months, and then you will vest more every 2 months after that.  It’s a lot of hard work in a little bit of time, but if Sixpy isn’t launched in 6 months, we’re doing something really wrong. (Version 1 is NOT that big)
We can discuss pitching in some money to have a ‘fund’, or we can just start working (though, some money to get accounts like JIRA and Github–both cheap for small teams– or to get us together comfortable would be useful–but we can figure that out based on what everyone is comfortable with)

2. 16 hour work week
Everyone needs to commit to 16 hours of work a week.  If we can do that, I know we can launch version 1 in under 6 months, with plenty of extra features just waiting to be developed.

3. 10 hour estimates
Ideally, we’d each complete at least 1 feature/task a week, and our estimates will be based on a 10 hour work week (to make up for our meetings and for downtime). Finishing early is a good thing because we can start on new tasks.  Just remember, we’re committing to 16 hours per week, and we’re trying to get this thing launched in under 6 months, all while filling whatever roles need to be filled.  It’s a team effort!

4. Daily emails
We should all spend a couple of minutes each day responding to the emails we receive within the team.  This makes sure nobody is blocked and work isn’t piling up on anybody!  Perhaps a required daily update email would help keep our minds on Sixpy for those 16 hours per week.

5. Weekly group meeting
It will be hard to get everyone to schedule all of their work time to be together, but something we can do is commit to just 1 meeting every week at a certain time that’s just 1 hour long (see why we only estimate for 10 hours?)

6. Presentations via wiki
Due to the small amount of together-time, if you have something to present, put it on the wiki and send out an email!  Everyone is responsible for watching/reading the presentation (via #4), and taking care of their daily emails. :) (this should take little time if it’s done regularly!)

I imagine this team to be 3 or 4 people large.

So, the members? Let’s call them: JP, B, C, and D

Roles (in order of highest priority to lowest)
– JP
Developer #1 - JP
Dev management - JP
Designer – (Slot most likely filled) B
Marketing - (Slot most likely filled) B
Developer #2 – ?? C or D
Systems Admin – ?? JP, C or D
Build Automation – ?? JP, C or D
JIRA/Wiki organizer - ?? JP, B, C and/or D

Of course we will help each other and fill whatever roles that need filling.

My general rule of thumb is: the person who is the most fit and the most available for a role should take on that role.  There’s no reason person C should do marketing if person B is more fit and more available for it.  Person C should fill another role if he/she is low on work.

Sixpy already has a good amount of work done!  The foundation is built (server side and client side), and I’m quite proud of it. :)

The first week or two will be a little different depending on your role.

The designer will be working with me to better understand the app, then designing the few first pages that will need to be developed.  In that time, I will also be setting up dev and test environments as well as getting automated builds to work.  Before any dev work continues, everyone will be a beta tester of the current app.  I estimate 10 hours for all of this. (So, that first week)

If I have a dev#2, that person can push on some of the server work needing done.  I think the existing code provides an easy template on what to do. It’s a REST api, so it’s mostly (MOSTLY) a matter of writing SQL queries and keeping the code as neat as the existing code. :)

Then I continue building the iOS app!  The designs will be ready so it will just be a matter of implementation at that point.

Code reviews will be required!  This is really easy to do with a GitHub account, and I do not want to sacrifice quality of code.  It will only bite us in the long run.

I think with the right team, we can launch in 5 months. I want to see this in the App Store, or at least in a VC’s hand, in that time (if not sooner.)

Stay tuned for part 2: manifesto.

Six-word app? What six-word app?

Do not fear, it’s still happening!









What I have done so far:

  • Amazon Server is set up
  • REST API started (server)
  • Login via Facebook (server and client)
  • Create six-word posts (server only)
  • View newest six-word posts (server and client)

I want to post about the development process more, but more importantly, I want to start showing off the app, but to do so, I want it in beta 1.  What will be beta 1? Well, it will be a working iPhone app that lets you:

  • Log in via Facebook
  • View newest posts
  • View newest posts by word *
  • Post
  • Follow other users
  • View basic profile

* Every six-word post, you’re able to dive into by touching any of the six words in that post.  This will navigate you to a page displaying all of the recent posts with that word in it.

I have a long ways to go, but I took off this whole week for some R&R, to get some errands done, and to work on Sixpy a little :)  So, hopefully sooner than later, I’ll have something to share.

For now, check out <a href=”http://www.sixpy.com”>the teaser page.</a>
Until next time!
- JP

What is JP working on?

Other than raising pokemon in Pokemon Y, I’m building a 6 word poem app. :)

Inspired by my lovely girlfriend, and similar to http://www.sixwordmemoirs.com it will be an iOS app that is basically twitter, but limits you to writing in just 6 words.

Hopefully I’ll have SOMETHING to show you soon. :)

- JP

Know when to ditch things.

So I’ve decided to ditch my 1 week project idea.  That’s not to say that I won’t be working on anything at all… what it IS to say, is that I won’t be building the maze game I had originally planned on.  That game, I estimated, would take me a week, and I just don’t have a week anymore.  Between being sick, working on Duelpic, and taking some time to enjoy my week off, I just don’t have a week.  If any one of those didn’t happen, you’d have a maze game.

So maybe it’s a blessing in disguise.

What would I have gotten out of the maze game?
- The first app under my name in the app store. This is important, but my motivation was spiteful.
- I’d llearn a little of the new iOS7 SDK
- I’d play around with some game psychology.
- Learn something about in-app purchases

^ All really important things, and I guess it would have been fun…

But this lets me move on to something else.

I’m still thinking on it, but I’ll share some of those thoughts.

I just watched about half of the jOBS movie, and I’ll spare you my critique so far, but it made me ambitious.  It made me want to really focus on what’s important to me, and how I can manifest that in the world around me.  For Steve, it was beauty and simplicity.  I’m building apps on one of those beautiful simple devices he helped create.. so that really doesn’t need to by my thing.  I can have a new thing and just use his thing.  (Ya know what I’m sayin’? o.O)

I am really about building tools.  Reusable APIs.  Libraries or programs that make someone’s life a little easier.  I’m a programmer, so I like making a programmer’s life easier, too.

I find things like SSToolkit to be really inspiring.  It’s an API that, since it talks to no service, requires nothing too complicated such as authentication keys, etc…

I love APIs like Instagram, Flickr, etc. that let you communicate, very simply, with their servers to manipulate and retrieve data.

So, my mind right NOW, is leaning towards building something that either

a) Lets programmers access these APIs easier
b) Competes with (or goes hand in hand with) SSToolkit.  I do own www.code-ez.com , which was intended to do just that, so I can continue it. :)

So we’ll see.  I’ll try to post here what it is I’ll be doing as soon as I know.  For now, I rest.  I’m feeling like a dangling pointer.


- JP

Hello World!

Hello world.
I’m in the process of switching jobs, I might be moving soon, and I’ve decided to start on (and finish) an iOS app this week–so I figured now is a great time to start my blog.

What this blog will be about:
- JP.
- My experiences in life, both personal and professional.
- Progress on projects that I’m working on.
- My ideas / thoughts on various topics (excluding the ones mentioned in the next list)

What this blog won’t be about:
- Political / religious / world views.  For that, check out www.freethinkaa.com
- Private matters / rants.  If I do post personal things, I’m going to try my best to stick to saying ‘what’ happened, and maybe ‘why’, but in the broadest way possible. The mission here is to inform, so I’d like this to be less like a diary, and more like a log of the happenings of my life.  I’ve nothing against sharing my more personal thoughts, I’d just like to do that elsewhere, or somehow figure out a way to separate those out in this blog so only those who are really looking for it will find it. :)

So, I expect to post here tomorrow with some happenings.  I’ve already started on my 1 week iOS project, but it’s bare bone.. I’ll reveal it all tomorrow!

Until then,

- JP