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.

 

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.

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: