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Ulrike's blog for app development dummies.
Life would be rather boring if there was not an element of comedy involved every now and then. The same applies to app development, probably even more so.
The meetings with the team, for example, are often a lot more fun than most other meetings I have attended so far. I cannot remember another situation where the person you were talking to suddenly turned around and walked out of a 3rd floor window.
Yes, there was some sort of roof terrace, and yes, he had dropped something and therefore had a perfectly valid reason for his behaviour, but still.
Another fun fact is that we are making up the rules and roles as we go along. Apparently my future role is going to be the following:
"App Support (feedback, questions, FAQ, app reviews) & i18n & PR"
Imagine printing that on your business card.
If you are a dummy like me, you may wonder what i18n could possibly mean. It stands for the 18 letters between the i and n in "internationalisation".
The same works for "localisation", which turns into l10n.
I can definitely see the benefits of theses abbreviations and it seems very tempting to integrate them into everyday language. But then again, if I typed n6e, see how many suitable words you would be able to come up with.
(In case you cannot be bothered, the word I was thinking of is "nonsense".)
In addition to i18n I am supposed to be in charge of questions and FAQs, aka more questions. This is something I could be good at.
There are lots of questions I can think of that people might be interested in asking, like:
Where would you go if you were invisible?
What colour is your personality?
On the off chance that these questions are not app-related enough, how about the following:
Will the app ever be available for download?
When will the app have 10 million users?
Being in charge of app support I have already thought of the perfect answer to all these potential questions:
"Thank you, this is a really interesting question. Recently I have been wondering the same. Let me check and get back to you".