Shipping a product in 2 weeks

When you get an idea for a new application, it’s an amazing feeling. You start thinking about all of the cool features it can have, how it’s going to look and feel, and, ultimately, how successful it is going to be. Hands down, without a doubt, its one of the best parts of being a software developer.

However, once you come down from that high, the businessman in you begins to emerge. You start to think about the work you’ve got ahead of you, how you’re going to get the app in front of people, how much you’re going to charge for it… the list goes on.

For this article, I’d like to give you a behind the scenes look at the creation of Completable, a product that Floyd and I created in just over 2 weeks, from concept to deploying a working prototype.

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Using Balsamiq Mockups in the Enterprise

Everybody knows how awesome Balsamiq mockups are, right? Of course, it’s a stupid simple tool that solves a genuinely messy problem. We use it every time we come up with new screens or modifications to our products Code Spaces and Completable.

I also do a lot of consultancy in Enterprise environments and in my experience having access to tools like Balsamiq is rare (if not, non existent).

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AbleBots celebrates the 5 year anniversary of Code Spaces


Like proud parents, we are extremely excited to announce the 5 year anniversary of Code Spaces. Since 2007, Code Spaces has been offering amazing code repository hosting with over 99% uptime for each year – wow! After officially acquiring Code Spaces this past quarter, AbleBots has hit the ground running – continuing the legacy of first class support, while growing it’s abilities with new features and upgrades.

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What you say and what your customer’s hear

At AbleBots, one of our core values is that we strive to stay very personal. I’d like to think that many of our supporters would speak on our behalf and agree with us. With the help of Collabable, we answer customers and prospective customers quickly and on a one-on-one level. While I feel that many company’s appreciate this value and strive to have the same characteristic for their business, we all need to take a step back and not only think about what we are saying, but also how our customers are hearing it.

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What are you really bad at?

There was a time early on in my professional career that I didn’t want to say “no” to anyone. A client would call me up and ask if I knew how to do something, I said “yes,” whether I did or not. Another client would call up and asked if I could pull off a deadline that I knew to be impossible, I’d say “yes.” We are raised to believe that smart people advance and stupid people don’t … it’s just that simple. What most people, even smart people, fail to realize is that not knowing something and not being smart aren’t necessarily related.
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Choosing a Business Partner

Choosing a Business Partner Choosing a business partner is a pretty important thing, especially if you have ambitions of being successful in your business endeavours.  With that said the reality is you don’t really get to choose, or at least you don’t get to choose from a group of people, Instead, you come across people from time to time and decide (sometimes on a whim) to start a business together.

 

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A list of websites that are down because of Amazon EC2 Failure

In case you haven’t heard, Amazon’s EC2 service took a *little* bit of a dive today. Many of the websites you know and love have been crippled by it. AbleBots have sprung into action and created a website, http://www.ec2disabled.com , so that you can keep track of who’s up and whose down … powered by Collabable, of course!

Submit sites by emailing us

Following the madness at http://search.twitter.com/search?q=ec2disabled.com&result_type=recent

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Two Men, One Vision, Zero Sleep.

The inception of AbleBots and our now flagship application, Collabable, was extremely rapid in nature, but its evolution was long in the making. Imagine, if you will, a world where software is birthed void of asinine meetings, where development strategies are handled over iChat, and applications are profitable without VC funding. Impossible?
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