Jan-Michael C.


New York, NY

Member since:

March 12, 2013

Which mobile operating systems do you develop for (web, iOS, Android, PhoneGap - anything is fair game)?


What aspect of creating mobile apps do you enjoy the most? (It could be a favorite API or technology, development tools, languages, methodologies, whatever motivates or interests you!)

The instant gratification is the best part of creating mobile apps. Our phones can do so much and they are always with us. This makes them the ideal outlet for ideas that I come up with. In addition, you are able to share your creations so easily since so many people are into mobile apps these days.

What have you found to be the single greatest challenge or roadblock to developing mobile apps? (Is a particular API or class troublesome? Framework issues? Library woes? Just trying to get off the ground? Vent here!)

The greatest challenge for me is getting people to find my app in the first place. I list my app for free and I still can't get downloads. I just want to share my piece of work with people. It's disappointing to not be able to even give it away easily.

Would you ever be interested in giving a presentation to the group? (You could teach a new development technique, explore various mobile APIs, share best practices, development stories, lessons learned, etc.)

Yes, I would. But I am in no condition to do it now. I figure after I get three solid apps under my belt, I'll have something to offer others. But for the time being, I'm just interested in meeting others like me who are passionate about mobile programming.

What benefit would you most like to gain from being a part of this group? (Keep in mind that the main focus of this group is around the *development* of mobile applications.)

I would like to hear some advice from people who are more experienced then me. I'd like to learn about design decisions that people make so that I don't have to go through the same mistakes.


My name is Jan-Michael Cruz. I am a new Android developer. I've been a fan of smartphones since 2007 when I got my first Motorola Q.

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