Posts Categorized: Development

Thoughts on App Stats & User Perception

The average amount of apps that an iOS user has downloaded for their phone has been reported to be anywhere from 40 -100. As you can see from the image on this post, I have 395 applications installed. Even allowing for preinstalled apps, if they are counted in that number, I am well above average…. Read more »

Well, Developers, iOS or Android?

It’s a no brainer these days, isn’t it? I hear over and over. The iPhone and iOS are dead and soon the iPad will be too. The onslaught of Android and Samsung has obliterated them and their closed ecosystem. Ditch iOS and develop for Android!  Well, according to research from Canalys, that might still be… Read more »

Overcome the Flood of Shallow Business Pitches

Howard A. Tullman wrote a piece for Inc that I thought was very interesting called ‘Why “Simple” is Getting Harder.’ The premise of the article is that it has become so easy to create a front end for an application or website and fake up some data for the backend. That has resulted in angels… Read more »

Free vs Paid Expectation Paradox

After I graduated from Santa Clara University, I spent the next 5+ years working for a Big 5 consulting company doing large scale enterprise software implementations. While the software I worked with was solid and fairly easy to use, I learned that most wasn’t. And all the options were crazy expensive. Companies paid a lot… Read more »

Twitter Bots: A Programming/API Learning Exercise

If you’re on Twitter and have a Wolfram Alpha style question, such as “What is the distance between Los Angeles and Lisbon?” or “How much rainfall does Honolulu get?” then the Dear Assistant Twitter bot is what you’re looking for. The Next Web alerted me to this cool little bot, but more importantly, they alerted… Read more »

There’s No Third Chance

Some people say that there’s no second chance to make a first impression. According to a study commissioned by Compuware, when it comes to buggy apps, you might get a second chance, but it will also be your last chance. Period. In the study, they found that only 16% of people would try a buggy app… Read more »

100% Indie, Samsung Gives Indie Developers More

Samsung’s partnership with Chillingo, 100% Indie, goes live today, as reported by Engadget. The partnership is a program that gives indie developers 100% of sales for the first six months, 90% for the next six, 80% for the second year and then the standard 70% after that.  That could be a great deal of extra… Read more »

Design, Design, Design

“Design, design, design” is the digital equivalent of the brick and mortar axiom “location, location, location.” In the brick and mortar world you get business opportunities by being in the right place at the right time. That’s what it takes to deliver something when someone needs it. In the digital world, it’s not about where… Read more »

Would You Use It?

Whenever you’re building a company, you should always ask yourself: “Would I use this?” I don’t mean, would you use the product/service if you were your intended target market. I mean would you use this product if you weren’t building it? If you wouldn’t, what makes you think you’re the best person to figure out… Read more »

Welcome to icisil.com!

Welcome to icisil.com, which stands for: “I Came, I Saw, I Learned.” I created this site to be able to quickly post items that I thought were illuminating in some way. That could be something that confirmed something that I believed to be true, but had no proof or possibly something that goes against what… Read more »