UncategorizedJune 07, 2016

Building Formula: Choosing the name

Last week I released a new app: Formula – Universal Code Editor. And different of any app I made so far, this is complex, and not easy to develop. So thinking in all the process of building it I decide to make a series of “Building Formula” to speak the whole process of building it. And I’m going to start saying how I choose the name

Well, I actually didn’t choose the name. When I’m working in a new project I pick a codename, for this project in specific I choose Quebec. How this works? Easy, for projects that is simple and it is a kind of tool I choose names from cities in France (like project Nice, aka Random 42, or project Lyon, aka Time Calculator), for fun projects and entertainment I pick cities in United States (like the Las Vegas, aka the old #TrueOrDare). And now Project Quebec (Canada) for complex tools.

I like to work with code names because I’m not attached to the name of the product, meaning that I can change the name of the app easily, just in one line. Or that I do not have to wait until I have a name to start code it. The name is the last thing I do in my projects. And to choose the Formula name, I went to Twitter nation!

I’m not good in creating names. For me I would release it calling it Quebec, but I do know that this isn’t good for marketing and for the product. So I simple asked my followers on Twitter, what name should I use. They send me all sort of names: Code X, IDE CODE,  Code Master, Codz, Codez and a lot of others.

I was already thinking in use the name IDEA, but it is already used for the IntelliJ (Java IDE). Without Twitter I would release with that name. Thanks @julihermes for the heads up. And them, I saw myself surrounded of many possible choices, my favorite so far was Code Boss. But a lot of good ones. I decided to make a Quiz in Twitter with Code Boss, IDEa, Formula and Code X. 37 votes later, [notranslate]Code X[/notranslate] was in the first place, Formula in second.

During these quiz @julihermes send me another suggestion: Universal Editor. Well, this is an awesome name.

So I pick up the suggestion of @LaurenteEnoque and @julihermes and built the “Formula – Universal Code Editor”.

Well, I know I cheat it, and didn’t pick the must vote in the quiz, but Code X wasn’t passing the feeling. Wasn’t expressing what the Formula is. And that’s how I choose the name. I’m considering in use this same method to look for new names, so stay tuned in my Twitter (@vt_norton) for any news and in my Instagram (@vt_norton) account that I submitted a lot of ‘screenshots’ of the project before any other place.


UncategorizedJune 02, 2016

New app released: Formula – Universal Code Editor

Today I’m glad to say that I am releasing my 8th app to the store. Yes! 8th. And I couldn’t be more happier. Besides every other app, this wasn’t a weekend project that I made just for fun. Ok, I lie, I made just for fun, but, it took one month to developer. With the help of Twitter, I choose a name for the new app “Formula – Universal Code Editor”!

How many times do you get out of your office and remember a line of code that can fix the biggest bug you have? Guest what, you will forgot that line of code, you simply have to write it right out way. It can?t wait you to get to the office. That?s why Formula ? Universal Code Editor is here.

With a lot of functions the first beta is rolling out in the store today and you can download it right now for free!

Yet there is a lot to do in this app, and I’m already building an big update for this. But if you found a bug, send it to me. Also, if you have new ideas send it to me. During the next weeks I’m going to talk about the development of this app, and what it still have to make. Don’t forget to share this post or the app, and rate it in the store (only if you are going to give a 3 or more star).

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UncategorizedApril 27, 2016

#TrueOrDare and #NeverEver no longer available for download

Once upon a time, there was two apps, made for drunk people. Now they are resting in peace, I already told the reason here. You won’t be able to download any update and to found them on the Store.

All the source of this apps is in my GitHub and you are more than welcome to look at it, change it, and create new things. It isn’t impossible that they are going to be published again, but not my plans. Feel free to change it and use it.

They are under project Terre, USA. #NeverEver is Pasadena Project and #TrueOrDare is Las Vegas Project.

But why they are going to be dead? Simple: not time enough for them. That’s makes me sad too.

I hope you understand. Sorry.

UncategorizedApril 08, 2016

Let’s go Opensource

I am happy to announce that today, every of my app is now open source and you can help me improve all of this amazing apps. I spend the last days moving all of the codes from VSTS to Git. Why? Only one reason: to be open source.

When I moved this project, I also made a lot of changes in it, so it would be easy for every one outside the project be able to understand it and create a push request.

Since the beginning of the year I was thinking about it, and a few days ago, a friend of mine, Mario, posted in his Twitter account that he wanted to send at least one code for day to his GitHub. Looking to it, I decided to move all my codes to GitHub. Well, not all of it.

You can found my repository in GitHub.com/vtnorton/Terre, in the next days I will make a documentation for it. 😉

That’s all folks!

UncategorizedApril 01, 2016

A small update

The app #NeverEver was with a awful bug since the previous update, making it not working in some cases. I spend all night long fixing it and besides today update (that is available right now) I am sending a small update that will be available as soon as possible.
Also, every app will have a little bug fixed in a small update too.

April update rolling out: awesome news for “Conjugar”

Today I am rolling out an update for every app, here is the changelog: I am taking to a more core experience, now the about page is the same in every app, also the language support and code. That means that it is easier to fix bugs in every app. And because of that, this month is all about fixing bugs.

And like I said, awesome news for “Conjugar”, like: now you can see examples in Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. This is possible because I changed all the code, this mean that now is less probably of a lot of bugs and the performance is way much better.

I am introducing the irregular verbs. There is several irregular verbs in Portuguese, so I am introducing to you a few of them: “Abaular”, “Ser”, “Ter” and “Vir”.

I improved all language support, if you find something that isn’t correct for you language, please let me know so then I can fix it a soon as possible, also I fixed several bugs. I also improved the design a little bit.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy coding it!

UncategorizedMarch 28, 2016

Dropping support of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 apps

Ok, so another sad news. With the release of Windows 10 Mobile I will no long support Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 applications.

The process of developing one app takes a long time, and for old versions of Windows it is necessary to build another app for Windows Phone 8.1 and another for Windows 8.1.

I am now focusing in make a lot of awesome changes (going to announce it in April).

But, “Conjugar” is the must download app, and there is a lot of users using it every day. So it will have a nice update now in April and it will be supported until the end of the year, and it will receive a Windows 8.1 app.

Every app will be updated in April First.

UncategorizedMarch 22, 2016

#NeverEver and #TrueOrDare are going to be ended.

It is with sadness that I announce that the ?#?NeverEver? and ?#?TrueOrDare? apps will be no longer supported.

They will receive the April Update (with include: better language support for every app, and a lot of amazing bug fixes), but this probably is going to be the last update for then.

There is a possibility of making then open source and maybe bringing then to life again. If you are interested on working on then, let me know.

The only motive is: I am focusing in making an awesome app.

UncategorizedFebruary 24, 2016

About the March Update for every of my apps!

Last year I was crazy and tried to make one app every week. For 5 weeks I had focus in made 5 apps. It worked, but this apps has a lot to be improved. I’m not going crazy this year, but I am going to commit in release one update for every app every month. Starting in March. And in this update you are going to see awesome things!

To start this journey, I need to create a better way to work with all this apps and new ones, and created a Core experience with the codes that was shared by every app, making it easy to fix a bug and implementing a new function to a app (like, changing background color in Random 42, just like in #NeverEver). Same code, less mess, less bug, more functions.

I had awesome results in Brazil with this apps, and a lot of people asking for this apps in the US and others regions. So, like I said, I am going to English. Yeah! It is right. Now three of my five apps is going to English (Random 42, Conjugar, Time Calculator) and available in every region. The reason of not bringing #TrueOrDare or #NeverEver apps to English is that there is a more than 600 sentences! I can’t translate all of than in a short time! So, later this year, they are going to be in English.

Trying to make my apps reach more people around the world, they are now coming to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.

There is a lot of improvements in the design (and a new icon), and in the code itself. I know that the code of #NeverEver and #TrueOrDare for sorting a question or a challenge isn’t great and there is a lot to do in it. I did a lot of changes in that code, but only for making it to work on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Be paciente. The code for Conjugar to understand irregular verbs is now done, but isn’t going to be available yet, because I had to write all of these verbs and it is a big job (193 verbs!). Maybe that changes is going to be available on April Update.

Be connected with me with Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Youtube to discovery what others news is coming. Cause, of course, I haven’t told everything that is going to be news.

I am sending the updates to the store on March 01, so probably it will be available a couple of days later.

UncategorizedFebruary 13, 2016

Livecoding.tv: let’s stream everything!

Last year I discovered a website and started to love it. livecoding.tv. What is that? Well, if you look to the video content that is coming to youtube, you are going to discovery that now, more than ever, it is streaming contents. Games, talks, events, everything (and by everything you know what I’m talking about)! But why not the devs? The guys who made it possible, who build every stream platform has to be able to stream it too. And that is what livecoding is about.

It started with a simple way to stream your work and chat with the people that is watching it and you figure out that they start to help you, sending feedback. And in the last months they introduced the opportunity for paid channels, for hiring devs and many other features.

But only this week I start to stream. And I’m in love with it. The way I worked before as on my own, opening every site I could imagine (Facebook and Twitter on top of everything), and moving to others projects. Streaming helps me to be more time in front of a PC and coding. Helps me getting some energy and be more productive. So, my tip for you today is: if you are working on a open source project or if you have authorization for doing so, do it. You will love it like I do.

And, by the way, their twitter send information about what’s currently streaming. They have a really helpful and attentive support.

And, no, they didn’t paid me anything for this post. 🙂

Here are the links for you: