How I Managed to Create 10 Apps While You Ate Your Lunch!

Most people know me as AzamSharp, the guy who runs the AzamSharp YouTube channel about iOS development. Occasionally, I speak at different conferences including 360iDev, Houston Tech Fest, 360iDevMini, Houston iPhone Meetup Group. Sometimes, I also publish iOS related articles in Code Magazine.

But, I bet no one is aware that my day job is not iOS development! At my day job usually I am working with Visual Studio, C#, ASP.NET MVC, JavaScript etc. To simply put my job revolves around Microsoft stack. This results in a very limited amount of time to learn, code and share iOS. 

Over the past 5 years I have been maintaining a very hectic schedule. I start my day by waking up at 4:30 - 5:00 AM in the morning. After a fresh cup of coffee I start working on my app! Since, I have only limited amount of hours before I have go to my work, I focus on very specific tasks that I want to achieve to move the app forward towards completion. Each pending task is reflected either on the sticky note or on my yellow notepad. It is not unusual that a single task might take couple of days for me to complete. Each task is also categorized by the version of the app! This makes it easier to set the app version feature set.

The story of the tortoise and the rabbit is a clear illustration of my iOS life. Just like a tortoise I move slowly towards the finish line. Each day I clear hurdles and make small progress towards my goal. The drive behind this madness is passion. Just like the human spirit it is hard to kill passion.

At present I have been able to publish 10 apps to the App Store. My app "Vegetable Tree - Gardening Guide" was even featured by Apple and is still considered the best vegetable gardening app on the app store. This personally made me very proud because it took me a long time to finish that app! But in the end just like a slow moving tortoise I managed to pass the finish line.

This post is for all the developers who are working part time on their passion projects. I just want to tell them that yes it is possible to publish apps even if you work 45-60 minutes a day.