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WWDC — final destination, or just the beginning?

Last saturday I got an email that probably every iOS (and Mac OS) developer dreams to get. It was the email from Apple telling me that I was randomly selected to attend WWDC (worldwide developers conference).

That day I laughed and I cried. I was really shocked when I opened that email. 🙂 It was like this: I woke up, checked facebook, email etc., and one of my friends sent me facebook message that he was selected for WWDC and I thought it might be great to check my work email. 😀 Btw, I was still in my bed. 😀

After getting this opportunity to attend WWDC (big thanks to my employer/company Photomath for sending me there 😉 ) I asked my self: “is this final destination for an iOS developer or just the beginning?”. I would like to write here how my path of becoming iOS developer went, telling about some important moments (not the entire resume but some interesting moments) that guided me these past years and got me here, preparing for the DUB DUB DC (WWDC :P).

2010.

After listening to Ivica Siladić (from company Mireo — they make GPS navigation software) at “open days” at my college/university and having C++ class by my prof. Igaly, I got really interested in programming. I was then on my second year (undergraduate programme — mathematics) and planning to enroll in graduate programme of business and financial mathematics. But events that year moved my focus to computer science and mathematics programme. One day I stumbled upon a video called “Apple developer tell their story” and I can tell for sure that that was the crucial moment. I got pumped and wanted to get as much information about iOS development as I can. Btw, in 2010 iOS was called iPhone OS. 😉

One day I emailed a guy that I found on one of croatian mac community (Jabucnjak) — he was writing about iOS development and his game, I asked him how to start, what to learn, etc., and Sanjin responded the morning after with really great advice (for example: buy a Mac, Stanford CS193p class, how you distribute apss, …).

email is in croatian btw 😉

I must say that I might not have went forward with this goal of learning iOS development if I did not get proper advice (from Sanjin) and today I might have worked in a bank or insurance company crunching numbers. 😀

After that I got an iMac and an iPhone (thanks to my mom and my brother), started learning Objective C and iPhone development (Stanford class and Apple docs), published my first app — SmBuS, and I went full speed ahead!

2011.

Worked on couple of more iOS apps, kept on learning more stuff for iOS development, enrolled to graduate programme (CS and math).

2012.

That year I released an app called BackWay — http://backway.me, went on couple of conferences and really got to know local tech ecosystem. That was also first year that I applied for student scholarship for WWDC, but I did not get it. 🙂

2013.

This was the year I released my first game, called ColorTap!, made with Sprite Kit! That was also the first year I met some cool Apple people (like John Geleynse — that guy you see at Apple Design Awards ceremony, Allan Schaffer, …) when I went to iOS Tech Talks in Berlin.

I was lucky to go to 2 Tech Talks, thanks Apple!

That year I presented ColorTap! at Apps World London Indie Game Zone and got a minute to chat and take a pic with the one and only Woz 🙂

after his talk he stayed aroud hour or two to take pics with all of us, thank you Woz!

That year I also applied for WWDC student scholarship, did not get it.

2014.

Applied again for the student scholarship, and you guess correct, did not get it.

Made my second game — Color Maze. Graduated at University of Zagreb, PMF-MO, computer science and mathematics with final thesis “Developing iOS applications”

2015.

Released another app (after some time) — Easie. That year I did not apply for a student scholarship (I was not a student any more) but I applied for a “normal” ticket (at my previous job). Same as years before, did not get the ticket. 🙂

2016.

Attended my second Tech Talks, this time it was Apple TV Tech Talks in London. I also released one more app (my 15th app), Daily Sparks — get reminded about important things. And most important, this is the year I got the chance to attend WWDC!!!!! :))))))))

I could write a lot more about stuff that happened in the last couple of years but I think this is enough and still useful to get a picture of my path.


Today I have released 15 apps on the App Store (some were not released and some are still planned to be made and released) in about 6 years of learning and making iOS apps.

Today I work in one hell of a company and work on one of the best and most popular app on the planet — Photomath — smart camera calculator.

I would like to thank again to my company/employer Photomath for sending me to WWDC and giving me the chance to experience it. I dreamed about going to WWDC since I started with iOS development and watched first WWDC keynote and sessions on my iMac. I will remember this always and again big THANK YOU!!! 🙂

I will use this opportunity to the fullest and it will be the start of the next chapter in my career. WWDC I am coming and you better get ready for me! 😉


Originally posted at https://medium.com/@bsevo/wwdc-final-destination-or-just-the-beginning-c232c2b25942

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Daily Sparks — get reminded about important things

Few months ago I wrote that I will start making some experiments with iOS SDK and release simple apps as a results of those experiments. Daily Sparksis the second such app.

Why Daily Sparks?

We all need some motivation during the day, we need somebody to remind us about things that we believe in, we love, we want to remember. That is why I made Daily Sparks (FREE to download). To have somebody/something reminding you each and every day about things that are important to you.

Daily Sparks is a simple app, it lets you save your favorite quotes and get reminded about things that are important to you! Also you can add today widget in notification center for faster look at some of the daily sparks!

adding Daily Sparks — Yoda ftw! 🙂

Next Steps

This is first version, basically proof of concept with main functionalities. In next versions I will add:

  • more languages (localization) — italian, spanish, german, portuguese, french, russian, chinese
  • suggested Sparks for adding
  • exporting and importing Sparks
  • themes

All of apps that I make in my free time I make because I need some functionality, some feature that current apps that I use don’t have. It is also fun to experiment with different parts of iOS and iOS SDK, for example I worked with Today Widget for the first time working on this app and now I can easily use that experience in my daily job and future apps. That is why I made Daily Sparks and will continue to improve it and make other simple apps (concetrated on one simple but useful feature).


Looking forward to getting your feedback and hope that you will get reminded about things that are important to you every day! 🙂


Originally posted at https://medium.com/@bsevo/daily-sparks-get-reminded-about-important-things-378276e3850e