The Mission

I should really start by explaining what I’m trying to do here and why.  This will partly serve as information for anyone unfortunate enough to be wasting precious minutes reading this blog. More importantly it’ll act as a reminder to myself and encourage me not to leave this project by the wayside.

First some background.  I first started working with software a little over 11 years ago, before I went to uni (I’m discounting time spent before that playing with BASIC on old ZXs and BBCs). I studied Engineering and Computing Science for the next four years, but my plans to do something useful over that time were tempered by copious amounts of alcohol.  When I left university I got an IT job in London working for a bank.  The job primarily involved application development for various in house systems.  Different projects gave me a chance to knock around with different business logic, programming languages and technologies.  I’ve since moved into project management so don’t get to do development any more, unless you count the occasional times I feel the need to write some VBA.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job.  I get to work with some great people and, as a problem space, the financial industry is fascinating.  I don’t, however, feel like I’m involved with proper development.  Actually, that’s a rather unfair assesment.  I work with a lot of great developers and it is proper development.  I guess what I’m getting at is that it’s a very restrictive environment, on top of which I personally don’t get my hands dirty in code any more.

So that gives a lead in to the “why” part of this post.  I want to get back to some development, and the Android platform seems perfect for that.  On top of this, I wouldn’t mind seeing if I can monetise that effort which will help motivate me to keep going.  I’m going to be doing this in my spare time, which I don’t normally see a lot of as it is, so I need a goal.  While that goal is still fairly vague, the overall framework is there: create apps, make some cash out of them.

With a loose target like that, the “what” is a bit harder.  Android apps?  Check.  Android apps I can monetise somehow?  Hmmmm.  The actual form these apps will take?  Not a clue at this stage!  My first steps are going to be playing with the Android SDK to see what’s possible, off the back of which I’ll hopefully start coming up with some design concepts.  After that it’s just a matter of working out how make them work for me, whether through ad driven revenue or single app purchases.  Come on, if those monkeys on The Apprentice can do it then surely I stand a chance!

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