|2011-10-23 by tamberg
Side Projects (Software)
Here's part two in a series on side projects. This time it's all about software, mostly mobile applications written at a time the term app was not yet mainstream. Enabling factors were working at Oberon, were we built a set of libraries, our "tool" to speed up app development and Marc who built the hard parts like OSS and SDB (below).
Kfzm – inventory management for used car part dealers (2003 - 2005). To help the stepfather of my then girlfriend, who ran a small business selling used car parts, and did not yet use a computer at the time. While the system unfortunately never made it past the prototype stage, I learned a whole lot about gathering requirements from non-expert computer users. And he at least bought a PC in the process.
Res – a mobile questionnaire app (2004). I am not entirely sure anymore if this was on the job or a side project, but it involved an XML format to specify surveys that could be answered and stored on a smartphone's SD card, thus enabling students to collect data without a pen and paper. And it's named after my friend Res who came up with the original idea.
Po – a mobile notes app (2005). To explore how simple an app could still be useful, I built the note taking software Po, which was little more than a calendar with a text box. Every change was stored immediately and unnoticeable to the user, due to our file based object database (SDB). Nevertheless, I remained the only regular user.
Oh a Show – an art exhibition Web site (2008). My sister had curated an exhibition and needed a small site to document it. It was a quick job, but I still like this site for the minimalistic HTML (have a look at it with "View Source"). And since lately it's also completely hosted on Amazon S3.