Sunday, April 25, 2010

Standing Back

I’ve taken a step back from the coding of StrokePlay this week to concentrate on looking at things I’ll need when I get towards the end of development.

First up is a website.  I’ve decided to put up a small informational / pre-release website which will initially trailer StrokePlay to allow the site to start indexing on the search engines.  I have a rough outline of what I want to do but I’m weighing up two options:

  1. Bring in a pre-developed template from one of the sites I’d normally use for sourcing such things (like Boxed Art).  It would be quick but I’d need to spend time looking through the numerous templates.
  2. Put together a brief for the site and put it up on Freelancer to get the site going.

I don’t need to make the decision just yet though.  I’m using Freelancer just now for a logo design that I need so I’ll watch and see how that process goes.

Next up was a little future version planning.  I’ve always had smart phones in the list of future versions or add-ons for StrokePlay. To plan for this in the database I’ve started to add some placeholder columns that will be used by the mobile devices.  Top of the list here is the GPS waypoint data.  StrokePlay already captures GPS data from the course information allow the course location to be plotted but I want to expand that further.

Back to coding this week, I need to get a handle on the final scorecard data capture windows.  The application currently captures all of the data you’d see on a normal paper scorecard but I’m working on the additional data used to embellish a round (where did the drive go, were you in the sand, how many putts etc.).

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