Week 4 – Drag and Drop

Howdy Folks!

Today starts week 4 of my journey as a full-time single-founder entrepreneur and I’m excited for what it will bring.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been wrapping up some of the few large pieces of functionality remaining in TodoPaper 2. I’m definitely getting closer to done, so instead of describing what I’m going to be working on this week (which is basically tieing up loose ends), I want to show you a peak of the Drag and Drop support I’ve been working on:

Looking forward to showing you some more as the week goes on. If you haven’t already, you should sign up to be the first notified for TodoPaper 2 beta testing.

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Week 3 – Status Update

Howdy folks! Thanks again for sticking in there with me for another installment of my weekly status update. The first half of this week has been primarily working through the bug I found in my core editing component. It’s a difficult issue, one that is pretty hard to correct, so progress has been slow. But, with the progress I made early in the week, I should be able to fix the rest by the end of the week and get back on track with the remaining features for TodoPaper by early next week.

Also, yesterday I delivered my first client deliverable: user-stories and high-level wireframes of a mobile iPad application which has the potential to transform a segment of my client’s business. I’m helping with the strategy, user-experience, and architecture of the app, which is a nice change from my previous gigs where I’d only get to touch the development side of things.

One thing that I have really been enjoying about being a full-time entrepreneur has been the ability to choose the things I’d like to work on. A little software development here, a little strategy there, a little marketing over there, and a sprinkling of writing on top, makes for a really interesting and hugely productive day/week. Plus, it’s really nice being able to have the time to talk with you all about the app, my progress, where I want to go with TodoPaper and Widefido, and how I’m going to get there. I definitely do not regret any part of my decision to go “all-in” and am hugely excited to show you all what I have and will be working on in the near future.

If you haven’t already, you should sign up to be the first notified for TodoPaper 2 beta testing.

Week 3 – Happy Monday

Howdy All! Thanks again for sticking in there with me. If you are just joining me, I’m now working on Widefido full-time and I’m giving status updates of my progress as I get closer to launch.

Last week was productive. I was able to finish the drag and drop support within the app. This functionality really helps with the usability of the app and I’m really proud of how it turned out. Unfortunately, in writing this drag and drop code I noticed a discrepancy in some of the backend data synchronization. This exposed a bug in the core editing component of the app. This bug is pretty critical, so I’ll be stopping my feature development to get it resolved. It looks pretty “hairy”, so it might take a few days to get through.

I’ll also be working on a small client deliverable (user stories and some high-level wireframes) for Wednesday. If you have never given Balsamiq a spin, you should. It’s really a great app!

Anyways, thanks again for hanging in there with me. If you haven’t already, you should sign up to be the first notified for TodoPaper 2 beta testing.

Week 2 – Status Update

I’ve had a pretty productive week so far. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • Monday: Over the weekend I started down the road of rewriting a piece of TodoPaper 2 functionality (session persistence) even though the current implementation was already working (and good enough to ship). Unfortunately, this bled into Monday and took up quite a bit of time, time which would have been better spent working on things that actually need to be written for the first time. Even though this was a roadblock I did work through some consulting maintenance on Monday.
  • Tuesday: After noticing my failures from the weekend and Monday, I reprioritized my efforts to the few tasks on my priority list. I spent Tuesday working through the base implementation of contextual actions, including setting up an extensible platform for future ones down the line. This will be hugely beneficial if I ever decide to improve upon TodoPaper’s syntax to additional functionality.
  • Wednesday: I worked through the initial foundational work for drag and drop support. During this I discovered a few bugs in the contextual action code and fixed those. I spent the second half of Wednesday doing product research and reading through some of the material on the Micropreneur Academy website (which I just joined).

The rest of the week is looking pretty good. Today I will be posting a job for a web developer to help out with the Widefido website and blog. I’m going to be moving web hosts and doing a small site redesign. My hope is that having a web developer on-board will help make that process smooth and free up some of my time to continue with TodoPaper 2 development. I will also be continuing to work through drag and drop support in the app. My goal is to wrap this up by Friday and potentially have a screencast of some of the app details on Monday.

Thanks again for holding in there with me! If you haven’t already, you should sign up to be notified for a TodoPaper 2 beta test.