A Blog by Josh Adams

Free and Low-Cost App Assets

Some Learnings from Five Years of Side-Project Development

I make iOS apps as a means of supporting my family and as a creative outlet. On the creative side, I have released three apps in the past five years: Immigration, RaceRunner, and Conjugar. Like many side-project apps, mine have had small budgets for asset creation. But they have greatly benefitted from free and low-cost assets (FALCAs). In this post, I introduce five sources for these FALCAs: Coolors, icon websites, Google Images, Sound Jay, Incompetech, and Free App Store Preview Music.


How My Code Has Improved in Three Years

Some Learnings from RaceRunner

RaceRunner is a run-tracking app I wrote in Swift three years ago. This app got my foot back in the door as a professional software developer, and I continue to use it. Since RaceRunner’s release, I have periodically updated the code to support new versions of iOS.

I’ve heard some software developers say that they can’t bear to look at code they wrote a long time ago. There are aspects of RaceRunner that would not pass my own code review today. But rather than being embarrassed by or ashamed of how I wrote RaceRunner, I find that a review my old code illustrates my improvement as a software developer. This improvement elicits both pride in how far I have come in three years and excitement at how far I might go in the next.

The purpose of this blog post is to examine this improvement through the lens of one part of one source file in RaceRunner.