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View Indicator App

View indicator, East Mount Lowther

Irvine harbour view indicator

Having talked about wanting to write a phone app, I now need to work out what to write: this is important because you’ll never forget your first app.

One of my simple pleasures in life is getting to the top of a hill to discover a view indicator.  You know the sort of thing, a lovely brass plaque with lines radiating out showing the bearing and distance to various landmarks.  I’m engrossed and spend a happy time following the lines to the various landmarks, much to the chagrin of the Canine Companion who regards a summit as a food stop and is demanding better service from the kitchen.  Sadly, one of the many disappointments in this life is that such delights don’t appear on every summit.  So wouldn’t it be cool to have an app that provides this public service wherever you are?  That’s one of the better articulated requirements specs I’ve read in a while and so that is what my first phone app will be: View Indicator 1. Continue reading


  1. July 2012: I’ve recently discovered that these things are called Toposcopes

Psst! Want to Build an App?

As a treat for regular readers this entry is a little departure into my life as one of the world’s foremost Software Developers 1.  A developer is that strange breed of person who likes computer technology and uses it to produce the web sites and applications that users need to get their Internet fix without having to do any of that tedious thinking. We don’t get much human company (or vitamin D) and have “simple” social skills, and assume that everyone loves technology.  If this isn’t you then please move on: it’s going to be a techie-fest from now on because I’m going to write about developing my first phone “app”.  Now we all know that “app” is a word coined by marketing types in expensive suits and nice hair who can’t cope with something as polysyllabic as “computer program”. 2  But if it makes coding look cool once again 3 then who am I to disagree?
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  1. And because my knee is still not back to full walking
  2. And before you write in indignation to the Daily Mail, yes we use the American form for software: “programme” is for what the BBC produces.
  3. As some reports suggest.