Thursday, January 15, 2009

iPhone Development Perspective

On the O'Reilly Inside iPhone blog, there's a very good article speaking to the issues iPhone developers are often facing right now. You can read the full article here.

I found this quote particularly interesting:

I am someone who is highly motivated by ideas. So, it pains me to say that the value of an iPhone application idea right now is pretty much zero. A great idea isn't worth anything under these conditions. There is no shortage of great iPhone ideas, just a shortage of talent to bring these ideas to market.

It sums up a problem I am frequently encountering lately. Someone - a friend or colleague - will come to me saying they have a great idea for an iPhone app and ask me if I'd be interested in working on it. It does indeed pain me to have to tell them, "No, I really am not interested in working on your idea," but that's what I must do. Their idea might truly be a great idea, but there's just not enough time right now for me to spend on other people's ideas when I have my own projects and ideas that are being worked on. I don't want to over-commit my time and not do a good job on something. I try to write excellent software - something I can always be proud of. I don't want to have to settle for "good enough" and just try to churn out projects as quickly as possible.

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