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Pitfalls of the software development process

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I was watching ‘The Apprentice’ (UK version), the other day. It was about ‘creating a marketable app’. What these simple and foolish candidates did was come up with really dumb-ass…

I was watching ‘The Apprentice’ (UK version), the other day. It was about ‘creating a marketable app’.

What these simple and foolish candidates did was come up with really dumb-ass ideas of apps that would be downloaded – but immediately dumped, because they were so useless, even for the children’s market. They made a big issue of ‘creating the entire app overnight’ and attempting to pitch it to websites and magazines the next day.

What actually happened was that the BBC (or Lord Sugar, himself) simply paid a bunch of developers at a big company, an unstated amount to do it for them. The apps were so simple that Google’s AppInventor software would allow them to make both apps in about 1 hour – using a single developer. ‘Real’ apps – with any small chance of success – take lots of time, lots of programmers and lots of money, to

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