Between Udemy having a bunch of crazy deals last week, and StackSocial having “pay what you want”, I picked up quite a few courses – enough to keep me busy through all of 2016, no doubt!
This past weekend, instead of binge-watching mindless entertainment (which was fantastic, by the way!), I binged watched a few of these courses. When I got burnt out on one topic, I’d switch to another. This weekend was pretty much all about mobile development. That is, learning iOS, Andoird, and app marketing.
As I was watching these videos, the instructor would mention a website, so I’d pause the video and pop open a new tab. This afternoon, I realized I had a bunch of tabs open. I didn’t want to lose those, so I thought I’d write them down here. As I continue to binge-watch in the next couple weeks, I’ll update this same blog post.
Anyhow, in no particular order, here are some useful websites I discovered, in several different categories (with some existing ones I like too, added in as well)!
- www.groupiful.com Need to create an account, but looks interesting.
- www.workflowy.com Good for brainstorming ideas. You create hierarchies of things, but each node can also have formatted text too – do ctrl+enter to write sub-content on any node. I love this app!
- www.trello.com Good for scrum/kanban boards, and managing team work.
- http://tfs.visualstudio.com Good for git or TFVC source control, but also for Agile project management.
- http://play.ionic.io/ where you can play with the Cordova/Ionic Framework, live in the browser
- http://conceptartworld.com/ to find high-quality/expensive artists and art studios to create complex game graphics
- http://www.cartoonsmartart.com/ to get a bundle of graphics for a game VERY cheap, like $10 for all the graphics you’d need in a simple game
- http://blackmoondev.com/ a studio that also creates lots of games (good for ideas)
- http://opengameart.org/ free, but typically low-quality graphics you can use in a game or app
- http://textcraft.net/ site to create a colorful block of text, with many options and variations. Good if you need something quick and simple
- http://www.freepik.com/ royalty-free and regular free pictures and vector graphics for use in apps and websites
- http://www.freesound.org/ royalty-free and regular free sounds and music for games and apps
- http://ericskiff.com/music/ a guy who has some pretty good 8-bit music (Nintendo-sounding)
- http://www.colourlovers.com/ go find sets of colors that match and work together, for a website or an app
- http://ionicons.com/ icons used by the Ionic (for Cordova) framework
- http://www.modernuiicons.com used for Windows Phone, WPF, and Universal apps
- https://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/ supplement for Bootstrap icons, for web apps
- https://thenounproject.com/ universal, and vector-graphic icons for “nouns”… the idea of having iconography for every concept in the physical world
Purchasing pre-made mobile apps
- http://www.chupamobile.com/ buy and sell COMPLETE apps for ridiculously low prices. I had no idea this existed!
Backend as a Service (BaaS)
- https://parse.com/plans this looks QUITE ideal – especially the free tier!
- http://www.backand.com I review it here: https://blog.robseder.com/2015/10/12/backend-as-a-service-baas-vs-custom-code-build-vs-buy-oct-2015-edition/
- Microsoft Azure Mobile Services – I’ve done several posts on this: https://blog.robseder.com/?s=azure+mobile+services
Development or Debugging Tools
That’s it for now. If you have any good/useful sites, leave a comment below!