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Learning to code an app / a lesson on taking action

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MisterT2003

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Hey there!

Last night I came up with an idea for an app.

Even though the "building an app" business isn't necessarily hugely profitable, I believe that it can help with building a fastlane life (when build right) over a longer time.

(C) With an app you have full control (when you code it yourself),
(E) actually building an app isn't really easy so high entry bar,
(N) need depends on your niche (I am part of the niche and this idea has been something I needed for a long time),
(S) since the app is online, and build for a worldwide niche, it is scalable
(T) once build, the app itself is not tight to your time. (Doesn't mean you have to keep building features of the app)

Money wise, the app idea I have in mind can be seen as a service, which means that I can build a subscription model in the app.

I have seen several threads on the FastlaneForum where people said that it isn't worth it anymore to learn how to code. And perhaps that is true for getting a degree in coding. But perhaps learning how to code for something very specific, can be useful (a specific code used for a specific cause). Meaning, I found out which code language is used for apps in the appstore, and started to learn right away.
After 3 hours of learning how to code today, I already build an app/game

Simulator Screenshot - iPhone 15 Pro - 2024-07-01 at 16.44.41.png(it's a game that gives you a point when you have a higher card than the cpu)

So, this ofcourse is far from the end app I want to build.

But it demonstrates the skill I learned after following tutorials and learning to write this code after about 3 hours only. I mean....what can I build when I develop my skills over a weekend?

Last night, and during my morning run today, I was constantly in doubt on whether to hire someone on fiverr to build the app or to learn it myself.
To stay in full control, I decided to learn the basics of the coding language so I wouldn't be depended on programmers. There are probably people way better than me, and once I build the first version of the app, this can be something to invest in. But by building this first version myself, I know what's happening in the app, and be more precise in what I want when communicating with future developers (cause I understand the language).

That one decision made me able to make this game today. If I had not choose to learn these basic skills, I would be looking for programmers online hoping they would build something I have in my head and completely lose control over the app.
This one Action started this Process of learning, and who knows to what it will bring me.

And this principle is something @MJ DeMarco and many other fastlaners on the forum have talked about many many times. But a simple action can create progress and get you into a flow. I mean, the amount of energy I got from doing this one thing is very high and makes me excited to keep learning.
And whether that action is to cold call that first person, to start learning a craft, or to start making soup for your coworkers to check whether there is a market for your product (as in The Great Rat Race Escape ) instead of waiting and thinking about your idea... one action can set you on a path.

I don't know if this coding skill, or this app idea is my way to get on the Fastlane. But the lesson I learned today about having a bias towards action. Stays with me for the rest of my life.

~ Ivo (MisterT)
 
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Gypsy Soul

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Hey there!

Last night I came up with an idea for an app.

Even though the "building an app" business isn't necessarily hugely profitable, I believe that it can help with building a fastlane life (when build right) over a longer time.

(C) With an app you have full control (when you code it yourself),
(E) actually building an app isn't really easy so high entry bar,
(N) need depends on your niche (I am part of the niche and this idea has been something I needed for a long time),
(S) since the app is online, and build for a worldwide niche, it is scalable
(T) once build, the app itself is not tight to your time. (Doesn't mean you have to keep building features of the app)

Money wise, the app idea I have in mind can be seen as a service, which means that I can build a subscription model in the app.

I have seen several threads on the FastlaneForum where people said that it isn't worth it anymore to learn how to code. And perhaps that is true for getting a degree in coding. But perhaps learning how to code for something very specific, can be useful (a specific code used for a specific cause). Meaning, I found out which code language is used for apps in the appstore, and started to learn right away.
After 3 hours of learning how to code today, I already build an app/game

View attachment 56787(it's a game that gives you a point when you have a higher card than the cpu)

So, this ofcourse is far from the end app I want to build.

But it demonstrates the skill I learned after following tutorials and learning to write this code after about 3 hours only. I mean....what can I build when I develop my skills over a weekend?

Last night, and during my morning run today, I was constantly in doubt on whether to hire someone on fiverr to build the app or to learn it myself.
To stay in full control, I decided to learn the basics of the coding language so I wouldn't be depended on programmers. There are probably people way better than me, and once I build the first version of the app, this can be something to invest in. But by building this first version myself, I know what's happening in the app, and be more precise in what I want when communicating with future developers (cause I understand the language).

That one decision made me able to make this game today. If I had not choose to learn these basic skills, I would be looking for programmers online hoping they would build something I have in my head and completely lose control over the app.
This one Action started this Process of learning, and who knows to what it will bring me.

And this principle is something @MJ DeMarco and many other fastlaners on the forum have talked about many many times. But a simple action can create progress and get you into a flow. I mean, the amount of energy I got from doing this one thing is very high and makes me excited to keep learning.
And whether that action is to cold call that first person, to start learning a craft, or to start making soup for your coworkers to check whether there is a market for your product (as in The Great Rat Race Escape ) instead of waiting and thinking about your idea... one action can set you on a path.

I don't know if this coding skill, or this app idea is my way to get on the Fastlane. But the lesson I learned today about having a bias towards action. Stays with me for the rest of my life.

~ Ivo (MisterT)
Hi MisterT,

I've seen coders / makers of web apps bring in 80%+ gross profit margin. Coding is not dead as we still have problems that can be fixed using programming.

I've relied on ChatGPT to help me develop my desktop and web applications. It still requires you to code review and test. I will never go to production without reviewing and testing ChatGPT code.

Hope this helps.
 

MisterT2003

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Hi MisterT,

I've seen coders / makers of web apps bring in 80%+ gross profit margin. Coding is not dead as we still have problems that can be fixed using programming.

I've relied on ChatGPT to help me develop my desktop and web applications. It still requires you to code review and test. I will never go to production without reviewing and testing ChatGPT code.

Hope this helps.
Thanks @Gypsy Soul for your response.

I completely agree! ChatGPT is a very very useful tool for web and app development, but can only create a certain percentage of the end product. This means that learning code is still needed to control and optimize a code made by AI.

Can you give some specific examples perhaps on how you use Chatgpt to create web/app applications?
 

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