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Stand up if you have an App idea – Web Developer Innovation

<- Who remembers when the internet looked like this? Websites were ugly, slow and static. Interactivity meant hover-over menus and the occasional animated .gif banner. This screenshot is from Yahoo in 1997 – that’s now 15+ years ago. How have you changed in the last decade and a half? I’m guessing you have changes cars, houses and probably grown up a lot. Hopefully things are better for you now; certainly they are for the internet.


The internet has all but escaped the CRT monitor, it’s moved on to flat screens, touch screens, mobiles and tablets. Along with this new technology, new methodology has grown; interactivity is now assumed, efficiency integral and from a technology standpoint the internet is in a much more mature, stable state. I digress. Here’s the point: If you have a web app idea, now is the time to get it made.

You see this moment right here is ideal for getting your idea developed. The metaphoric planets of developers and markets are aligned. You have an app idea, website idea or a generally cool software idea and the market wants you. The software development market has grown at an incredible pace, it’s become bloated with capacity and developer talent and the business side hasn’t completely innovated to use up this overcapacity. Companies are recruiting like mad because they know that it’s a land rush period for Apps and Web Apps, it used to be great to get the first .com, now it’s the time to get the first service providing App.

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5 Crucial Points to Hiring a Developer

Disclaimer: I am a developer/director who has worked on both sides of the developer-client relationship. I write this with the sole intent of guiding those who are looking to get an early-stage web app or website prototype built. Do let me know what you think at the bottom.

Developer-client relationships go wrong. It’s a fact. Developers that weren’t up to the job, projects that get abandoned, whole web-apps get written that never get used. Hopefully you haven’t experienced this yourself; if you have I am sure that there were some deep lessons learnt from the experience.

The “Win-Win” of web development
It’s not good for either side of this relationship for it to end out of turn, aside from the “cosmic karma” of wrongdoing to others it’s not good business for either party if a software project doesn’t make the cut. To this end, producing a new website or app should be a shared goal between the client and the developer, that’s what the following 5 crucial points try to help you accomplish, a joint vision of a web based outcome.


All the points are crucial, but you can jump here:

  1. Have a clear vision
  2. Developers will
  3. Validate developers and test them
  4. Clients will
  5. The three crucial documents

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ChooseFest – A New Way to Go Festivalling

Is “festivalling” even a word? Debatable. In any case we have just formally opened the doors to our new prototype web app over at – its a new way to match your music tastes to a festival and it will certainly improve your summer music experience if you intend on taking in some sounds over the coming months.

Read more about it on my blog here, or have a go with it and tell us what you think on the ChooseFest facebook page.

Have you read that one about the lean start-up eagle?

StormGate now has an about page. Check it out, it has an eagle. It talks about who we are and metaphorically, where we are charting course for, it’s all that a vision should be and it’s the map we are following. But where is the juicy stuff? What? This metaphorical eagle doesn’t satisfy your inner-geek? That’s what this post is for, tech-heads and assuming clients.

We build Apps, Websites & Communities

People love talking about the code they write, we do it too and while the most important thing is actually at the other end of the process (the value added not the specifics of its addition) we do still want to tell you about it. We write web apps in PHP/MySQL and use jQuery more than we eat bread. We are purists and we write code naked, (ok the naked part is a joke to check your still awake.) We know there are other languages but PHP can be beautiful too, and the world runs it, that’s undeniable. (We also write real apps in C# to supplement our dev. process!) Manoeuvrability, freedom and value are just some of our reasons for using this stack. We aren’t tied to it but it really, really works, for us. We use AWS (Amazon Web Services) and you should too. We think this is the decade of Amazon, so grab a surf board and get into the surf.

Primarily we build websites, some in the form of web apps and others just for information. All of our sites looking forward will have social elements and feature some sort of growth hacking. We are also expanding into mobile apps. Everything we build must add value.

We run ads

A wondrous thing about the internet today is advertising. Over the years markets have opened up through various advertising channels to get your intent in front of lots of people, now, as it is today, facebook, google and other platforms allow you to get that same intent out to millions of people, almost instantaneously, what’s more its laser targeted, statistically responsible and affordable. We run ads at an ever increasing rate because in the end it doesn’t matter if we create something amazing, what matters is that it’s shown to the people that will find it amazing, otherwise the diamond stays hidden, underground, hoping for fluke excavation.

We write

Today we will write code, but we will also write other useful characters. Reports – from SEO to PPC to UX – we are constantly reminding ourselves of the lessons learnt, looking forwards we will share more and more of these lessons. Ridiculous metaphors are also common place here, like our eagle vision; we love to explain things in new ways (incidentally we find this works for ad copy too, don’t you think?)

If you like lean start-ups, innovative web stuff and ridiculous metaphors follow us for more regular ridiculousness.