This post is a weekly review of PhillyCocoa Slack for those who want a quick recap of what’s happening in the community. (Please send feedback if you find this type of post useful.)
@parrots shared a link about app pricing http://blog.helftone.com/sustainable-indie-software/
@blackfrog summarized his feelings:
“I think the general point is that you need to charge what’s appropriate to your software within market tolerances.”
@zorn gives some advice on how to build products for an audience:
“Other thing to keep in mind is: it’s way easier to convince 5 people to buy your software than 10 or 20 people — don’t go generic, build a very opinionated product that solves real problems, find people who like your opinion and will pay for it ..”
@blackfrog asks about recommendations for time tracking / invoicing software
@ismashpahone recommended actiTIME
@cdstamper recommended Billings
@ismashphone also recommended Marketcircle Billings
@parrots and @wild37 recommended Harvest
@ismashphone shared a link to WatchAware (http://watchaware.com), with interactive previews of upcoming watch apps and general news about Apple Watch.
@zorn shared a link to iOS Coaching at thoughtbot https://robots.thoughtbot.com/ios-coaching-product-design-sprint
@needanadult: “I don’t suppose you have a good android emulator for iOS?”
Code Help topics
@needanadult shared a link about Swift crash tracking https://github.com/practicalswift/swift-compiler-crashes
Several developers had a long discussion of asynchronous calls, threading, and which threads should handle certain requests. It’s all too much to summarize here, but if you’re interested in the issue, check out the code-help channel for good dialogue.
@benss started a discussion of Cocoapods + Swift. Must use the latest Cocoapods version with Swift support (0.36.x).
Off-topic, um, topics
@zorn, @bendi, and @tompiarulli <3 React.js, or at least in theory…
@parrots asked for web host recommendations for someone wanting something between managed and VPS, with little to no sysadmin responsibilities.
@andrew uses Digital Ocean with Docker to help with snapshots. Also recommends GitHub pages.
@tompiarulli recommends Forge for static hosting.
@ismashphone shared an article about how Slack got popular: http://firstround.com/article/From-0-to-1B-Slacks-Founder-Shares-Their-Epic-Launch-Strategy