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Follow up on researching use of StackMob

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I wanted to find out if I could use Stackmob (https://www.stackmob.com/) to create a back-end for Idea Growr and other future projects. I did some tests last week and decided not to go for it.

4 reasons I will not use StackMob

  1. Not a lot of good (Android) tutorials for what I want to do. The tasks tutorial was nice, but the only other real Android tutorial SnapStack, required you to have an Amazon Services account and incorporated Google Services API. This added to the complexity while I was only trying to learn StackMob not two other things. I guess I’m more of a beginner then they have in mind for their clients. In the end I could not even recreate the app in the e-book, because (among other reasons) they failed to include the layout’s, that made it unclear how to set up the app’s login, sing-up, forgot password pages.
  2. I used a contact form on their site because I wanted to e-mail them. Their auto-emailed me with a “Thank you for your interest in StackMob. Do you have time this week or next for a short call to discuss your requirements?”, I replied that this was not needed and that I could save both of us some time by just asking some quick questions via e-mail. So I included those questions and a couple of other remarks on their website. I never got a reply back. I understand they are busy, but if you want to call me at first, it doesn’t feel right if they don’t even reply with “can’t help you, too busy”. In the comments a reaction from StackMob.
  3. No local cache. I want the online part of the app to be optional, and the app should also work offline. It doesn’t seem StackMob can help me there. Maybe Parse would have been a better option for this.
  4. I had the feeling time was slipping away last week, and I was hardly making any progress. Making so little progress on StackMob made me realize even more I need a development partner for this and I should focus on what I’m good at.

The whole reason I wanted to learn some development skills is that I want to be able to show the potential of an app (/tool) in a real life working prototype. I can now to some extend do this, so I should focus on finding partners, coming up with interesting ideas for the app for marketing and business development. Also I can create more working prototypes and put some extra effort in how I present myself as a freelance interaction designer. So, aside from some interaction design work for a client, I will be busy with those things in the next weeks.

 

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3 thoughts on “Follow up on researching use of StackMob

  1. Sid Maestre

    Hi there! Sorry we didn’t get back to you. It sounds like your email got lost after the last communication. We have support forums where users post technical questions and our engineers respond. http://community.stackmob.com

    We’re working on our Android SDK and plan on adding offline sync in the future. We also see it as a crucial feature for many users and are taking a lot of lessons we’re learning from our iOS implementation so that we can funnel that into the design of our Android SDK offline sync in the future. (That’s part of the reason why – we just launched our IOS offline sync not long ago)

    Thanks for the feedback about the SnapStack sample app. We often get feedback that our tutorials are too simple 😉 Sounds like we need something between the TaskMob and SnapStack.

    We’re very active in the forums, so next time you have any questions, you can find us there. We absolutely want you to succeed and are in the forums daily to help out the community.

  2. Julius

    I appreciate your reply! I’ll definitely take another look at StackMob when the offline sync features have arrived.

    I’m aware you have a huge amount of users, all with different requests. Speaking just for myself, a beginning developer, great tutorials are a necessity. Perhaps you can pay the guy from The New Boston (http://thenewboston.org/tutorials.php) a little and request him to create tutorials for you :).

    • Sid Maestre

      Good point! We’ve done a lot with tutorials for HTML5 and iOS, but not as many beginner ones for Android.

      Thanks!
      Sid

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