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2014 - Do you have a plan?

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  • 2014 - Do you have a plan?

    To Steve (the moderator),
    Hope you had a great 2013 and hope you have a wonderful 2014.
    Thank you for taking the time - personal time out of your life to be a Moderator here. Having been in your position as Moderator of a forum (where people were allowed to pretty much say whatever they wanted - and they DID) I can relate to your sentiments in your posts where you wind up just wanting to kick yourself, lol.

    Your right on one point in particular - sometimes you should not get so involved. I noticed your post time last night was 12:04, lol
    Did you go 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-Happy New Year!
    and then get right back on here?
    Jeez guy!
    Take a break! You have done an excellent job as moderator, maybe folks didn't agree with every thought or decision but you have overall been an excellent
    Moderator and never get much of a thanks, so-
    Thanks Steve, and all those who help here!

    On topic,
    From what I gather it seems you can do anything with Alpha5 if you know all of the associated technologies, Xbasic, Javscript, CSS, Html, etc. etc.
    however Alpha 5 has since the beginning set out to provide as much of a code-less creator as it could.

    I think they are still doing that and regardless of how each of us feels about this forum - this forum is a great tool for honest feedback to Alpha.
    I think they are very aware of what goes on here.
    I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, and I firmly believe that there are simply not enough hours in the day to address every concern.
    I would be willing to bet that they have meetings all the time concerning all of these issues as well as trying to implement new features.
    Personally, I have had a few issues and a few emails later the matter was still not resolved - but I feel like they addressed the issue as best they could.
    In a perfect world - everything works.
    In the real world time heals all wounds.

    This leads me to my next point.
    Recently a friend of mine died. He ran a small marketing and webdesign company, blogs, podcasts, domain registration, website building - hosting, etc.
    He was pretty damned good at it. I cannot say I liked the guy that much but I respected him in his abilities - not everything was "white hat" you might say.
    So here he was building a product for many guys across the country, not unlike us here building apps.
    Except he was in the role of Alpha5 as well - the brains behind the operational products that were (and still are) running out there on the net, always trying to stay on top of new technologies, constantly worrying what Google was going to do with its algorithms and ranking strategies.

    Now that he passed - his customers could not only lose their company domains but all of the time invested in rankings...and their actual website as well.
    for a business that relies on the internet this is HUGE.

    Could you guys imagine if tomorrow we were presented with the news that all of the upper management in Alpha were gone?

    I think we can all learn from this guys story, and apply it not only to this thread but more so to our own lives.

    There is always a work around, in the end.
    And there will always be problems.

    Not just with Alpha5 but with all technologies. Choose your poison.

    Getting back to the story of my friend, that is a true story. I have been trying to give more thought to the longevity and perseverance of my app.
    I can tell you for a fact my wife would not know how to write "Hello World" in my app and make the change appear online. She would not know how to do anything with my app. Neither would any of my friends.
    Do you have a plan?

    What happens to all of YOUR customers when you the developer pass away?
    I have seen many posts on here about Alpha5 breaking, or failing and in a sense dying in it's own way...
    and not much posting (if any) about us the developer being at fault in a much bigger way! Not planning for our own breaking issue - and it will happen we will all "break" permanently!

    Personally I am considering reaching out to a couple of people on here - who I DO NOT KNOW - personally to make some sort of deal to keep things going. Maybe will them the app, like a backup plan? Sure they wouldn't know everything about the app but they could figure it out. Nobody else I know personally around me could!

    So again, do YOU have a perseverance plan and what is it if you do?
    Thanks for any thoughts, and I hope everyone here has a Happy New Year and much success!

    Last edited by CharlesParker; 01-01-2014, 07:52 PM. Reason: auto-correct made some odd changes that I did not notice at first
    NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at what was I saying?"

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    Re: 2014 - Do you have a plan?

    I guess this is a tough question, lol
    Thanks for moving this from the web and mobile section to the general.
    I just build for the web so it seemed to me to belong there, however truly it is much more of a general question and applies more to all than just the web and mobile...
    Last edited by CharlesParker; 01-01-2014, 09:14 PM.
    NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at what was I saying?"


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      Re: 2014 - Do you have a plan?

      - I've talked with Alpha Software, and am satisfied that they have covered this well as far as their company goes. I'm going to leave it at that, and that should be enough.

      - My customers are well aware I'm a one-man shop, though I partner with others for bigger projects (in which case those I partner with can carry on). I've told them that should I get hit by the proverbial bus, to check with IADN and/or Richard Rabins for help. Each customer is also regularly supplied with a copy of the latest development files "just in case".

      - I keep in mind, each time I turn on the table saw, how I make my living.

      You're correct in dealing with this. In much of my coursework I remind that we need to develop with the attitude that someone else may need to be managing the application in a week, month, or year or ten, so build and comment/document accordingly. Heck, I recently revisited some code I built 10 years ago and wished I'd done a bit more explaining to my future self.


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        Re: 2014 - Do you have a plan?

        Heck, I recently revisited some code I built 10 years ago and wished I'd done a bit more explaining to my future self.
        Words to live by I agree, I found myself wondering what I was thinking about on something I did a week ago!

        Also glad to hear about Alpha having a plan, I did not mean to infer anything of the sort or actually bring it into question. I was only bringing that up to make a point about how it might feel to a user of our app. Like, if that hit home - that's how your customer would feel.
        Last edited by CharlesParker; 01-02-2014, 01:45 AM.
        NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at what was I saying?"


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          Re: 2014 - Do you have a plan?

          Hi All,

          I'm a "one man band" with a number of A5 online business solutions for clients and I'm very much aware I don't have an adequate "Ultimate Disaster Recover Plan" - getting hit by a bus. If there is another Australian A5 developer out there ideally in Sydney in a similar situation who would like to work out a mutually beneficial "Ultimate Disaster Recover Plan" please let me know.