Category: Outside Tasks

  • Preventing Feature Creep

    As we developers work on our software, we get ambitious. We want to add features that are cool that will make life easier for our users. This may seem like a good thing at first, but, in the words of Admiral Ackbar, it’s a trap. I have come to such point working on Outside Tasks. Having […]

  • The Downside of Following Tutorials

    Since I am learning iOS development as I go, often times I follow tutorials to get things done quickly instead of digging through documentation to figure out how to use a certain class in the SDK. The problem is that tutorials are meant to get you from not having a feature to having it with […]

  • Usability vs Functionality

    When developers work on an application, we tend to want to make it do everything that is technically feasible. We want to make everything to be customizable, update in real-time, etc… If you don’t control yourself and try to minimize nice-to-have features, you need really good UX to keep the user from getting confused or […]

  • Do Not Copy and Paste Code!

    If my coworkers read the title they’d think my blog got hacked. I can almost be called a proponent for copying and pasting code. I don’t encourage it but I do do it quite often. My philosophy is: copy and paste code, pay attention, and fix whatever problems you introduce later That is until now. So […]

  • UX and Dogfooding

    I woke up this morning thinking “I need to focus the task text box when opening the new task screen”. It’s minor, it’s not significant, and I’m not sure it would annoy many users if that feature wasn’t there. The reason why it matters though is that part of Getting Things Done® (GTD®) is called a […]

  • GTD and the Eisenhower Matrix

    Woohoo! First project to get a post other than the initial post introducing it! After a day’s worth of work I am able to add tasks to a list of tasks in the Inbox tab. Doing a bit of research about what attributes I should have for each attribute I decided on urgency, importance, and […]

  • Project: Outside Tasks

    When I was an undergrad at Trent University I used Google Tasks to organize my to dos including my assignments, quizzes, and exams. Since then, I read Getting Things Done (non-referral) by David Allen which I really liked and I started following the philosophy in organizing my to dos. I also followed the official Evernote for Mac Setup […]