An app can be a home-cooked meal

Post by Robin Sloan (2020)

I made a messaging app for, and with, my family. It is ruthlessly simple; we love it; no one else will ever use it.

In a better world, I would have built this in a day using some kind of modern, flexible HyperCard for iOS, exporting a sturdy, standalone app that did exactly what I wanted and nothing else.

People don’t only learn to cook so they can become chefs. Some do! But far more people learn to cook so they can eat better, or more affordably, or in a specific way. Or because they want to carry on a tradition. Sometimes they learn just because they’re bored! Or even because — get this — they love spending time with the person who’s teaching them… I will gently suggest that perhaps coding might be entangled the same way… with our domesticity and comfort, nerdiness and curiosity, health and love.

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