Letting Things Lapse

When iOS developers ask me for advice on how to get a job, something I often tell them is that they need a presence on the App Store. They need something with their name on it, to show prospective employers that they have the skills and grit to follow-through with an idea, from inception to polish. Having an app, even a simple one, on the App Store demonstrates an ability to ship software, which is what employers are interested in.

I know this because of my experience getting my first few jobs writing iOS software. Having a few apps on the store – simple ones, mind you – really helped me in interviews. I could point and say “look, I built this.” Those apps helped launch my career.

So you can imagine the mixed emotions I have about choosing not to renew my account.

Sorry old friend.

I only make a few bucks a month on my apps, so I made them free in December because… why not. They’re about to disappear forever, might as well, right? I haven’t submitted an update to any of my apps for literally years and I really don’t plan to start. Not renewing my account will alleviate the guilt I have about neglecting them.

The problem is this: I’ve hung onto the idea that I need apps on the store to be taken seriously. I don’t think that’s true anymore, at least not for my career. My work in the open source community says a lot more about me than a few old apps do.

I wouldn't download this, ew.

Besides the fact that I’m not looking for a job, these apps are… pretty bad. I mean, I wouldn’t download them, and the one app of mine I have on my phone is in a folder. Not even on the first page of the folder, either! These apps aren’t helping anyone, and they’re not helping me, so it’s time to say goodbye.


Posted on February 9, 2016