When I started my career at Instabug 7 years ago, I was not yet sure what career to pursue as a software developer, should I learn Frontend development or Backend development? should I learn Python or Ruby?
3 months before I have started as full time iOS developer at Instabug, I was a BE intern at another company. At the time, I wouldn’t even think of applying to Instabug as an iOS developer, if it wasn’t for the recruiter that contacted me on LinkedIn (Thanks Donia 🙌).
My Life as an iOS Developer
When I want to start an iOS app, I open Xcode, I have many templates to choose from, and when I choose one:
The app is runnable already. There’s unit tests and UI tests setup available. I can release it with a couple of clicks ✅.
Programming as a Hobby
In the last 6 weeks, I picked up coding as a hobby, I just love it and I miss it so much since I became an Engineering Manager.
And as a hobby, I tried to build a web application BE and FE. In the first 2 days, I was already overwhelemed with the choices to make:
- Which language to use
- Which framework to use
- How should I setup my project?
- Which build system I should choose?
- Which package manager to use?
- Which testing framework to use?
- I need to read .env file? Install a package for that
- I need to route to multiple pages in my react app? Which framework to use?
- I’m done, how to “release”?
- Just upload it somewhere and run it?
- How can I make sure only I can upload it?
- Want to persist data? What DB to use? How to accces it from my application?
- How to handle DB migrations?
And I’m not done yet.
Looking back to when I was in college, these choices paralyzed me. I spent a lot of time trying to decide what to learn, instead of learning it.
The iOS development setup was so simple I spent a lot of time actually doing it, that I have accidently gained enough experience to land a very sweet job at a company that I considered too prestigious to `even apply.
If I can speak to my younger self, whenever facing a choice, just pick the most popular solution at the time, and start building.