Make A Meal Of It was officially submitted to Apple for review at some point early Wednesday morning. I had started sorting it out at about 10pm Tuesday night after getting back from Karate and upon noticing that the iOS 7 GM had been released. It took me a but longer than I had expected to get the archive to validate, but after removing the HockeyApp stuff with the now illegal call to uniqueIdentifier, it was fine.
I suppose that I felt the need to document this occasion because if the app passes review, this will be my first ever commercial product. As well as being predictably exciting and terrifying, I am also feeling an odd mix of regret and doubt over what I have produced. Every small thing that I know isn't the way that I want it to be is annoying the hell out of me.
The journey from starting the project to here has been the cliched emotional roller-coaster everybody talks about. For the first few weeks I didn't even realise that the app was anything serious, and so I didn't feel two ways about it. Upon deciding that this could actually be a real thing I gee to be pretty proud of it. From there on though it was just a mix of pride and shame. It turns out that developing an app can get pretty depressing if you let it. Learning to separate yourself from it can help so much. It's just a shame that it's basically impossible to actually manage that.
From here the plan is to actually continue making apps. I will obviously be supporting Make A Meal Of It for the foreseeable future, but I am also looking forward to the future projects I will be working on. The whole process, as demoralising and soul-destroying as it can be, is also hugely rewarding. I will be looking to take on some contract work, if not for the money then just for the experience. The idea of being pushed to do things outside of my comfort zone is appealing.
Occasionally I feel as though I should be further than I am. At 20 I know of so many people who have done so much more in such a shorter amount of time, but Churchill-like quotes aside, it's so important to chose appropriate times and situations in which to compare yourself with others. I've learnt just how rarely contrasting oneself among the masses helps anything. That's not to say that it isn't useful every so often, but it's certainly not a brilliant way to approach everything.
So Make A Meal Of It should be out soon. Due to the potentially large database costs and my very real fear of actually spending more money every month on it than I am making, I will be charging £3 for it and hoping that I can break even and keep it on the App Store. It's highly unlikely that I will make any real money out of it, but if it supports itself I will be enormously happy. I know one thing is for sure, my next app will have no server costs whatsoever, that alone will remove so much of the bloody stress.