Best Of Quora: Billionaires, Databases, Job Interviews And In-App Purchasing (Week 31)

Written by: Reinder de Vries, July 26 2015, in App Development, Indie App Business

In an ongoing series “Best Of Quora” I try to capture gems of questions, asked by those who choose to look stupid for 1 minute instead of remaining stupid for a lifetime.

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This week’s edition, topics include looking for jobs, interview questions, using databases in your apps and the determination of a future billionaire.

Will I become a billionaire if I am determined to be one and put in the necessary work required?

Justine Musk (yes, that Musk) says: “No. You’re determined. So what? You haven’t been racing naked through shark-infested waters yet.” She explains that determination keeps you in the game when everyone else has left, but that it won’t get you where you want to be. It’s the wrong question. Instead, ask yourself: “What is it that I have, and the world needs?”

Read: Will I become a billionaire if I am determined to be one and put in the necessary work required?

How do companies like Strava offer purchasing both on their website and their app?

Many apps appear to work around the 30% cut Apple takes on In-App Purchases. Whenever somebody buys a subscription through the app, even when the app initially has nothing to do with the bought product (storage space for Dropbox, for instance), Apple still takes a cut! Then, how do companies work around that?

Read: How do companies like Strava offer purchasing both on their website and their app?

Where do I look for iOS jobs?

Do you want to be a professional iOS app developer, but have you run out of places to look? The job market can be highly competitive, but there’s a high demand too. Here’s where I would look for jobs, both freelancing gigs and employment options.

Read: Where do I look for iOS jobs?

What are some good Xcode tutorials for building a database?

Creating a good database structure can be hard, especially when you want to mirror your app data to an online webservice. Fortunately, there’s several awesome frameworks and libraries for Swift and Objective-C available that do the hard work for you. Most of them have good documentation, and tools like Parse and Realm have complete programming guides and tutorials available.

Read: What are some good Xcode tutorials for building a database?

Do you have a question about app making that you want answered? Ask me a question on Quora.

Reinder de Vries

Reinder de Vries is a professional iOS developer. He teaches app developers how to build their own apps at LearnAppMaking.com. Since 2009 he has developed a few dozen apps for iOS, worked for global brands and lead development at several startups. When he’s not coding, he enjoys strong espresso and traveling.

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