I’ve been helping to develop the iOS version of zappd for the last few months. It’s been quite a challenge to get this app to where I and the client were both happy with it. The good news is that this has finally launched.
Zappd is a rewards based mobile application which allows users to keep track of points and redeem rewards. It works through either detecting where you are through geolocation and thus giving you a list of likely places you may be, or by identifying the shop / store through scanning a QR code.
It has Facebook and Foursquare integration & is currently in pilot within the Leeds area.
I built this using Phonegap with a view that the code developed could be reused to create the Android version. Lesson learned here is that although this is a wonderful theory, the reality is that you will spend a fair old amount of time making it work for Android.
I also had to do a fair amount of messing around under the bonnet to make a number of items work how I wanted them to. This resulted in me creating a fair amount of Objective C code. The end result was pleasing, but I came to realise that I probably could have created it completely in Objective C in about the same time or less.
Joe Molloy is a freelance technical consultant, project manager and writer, based in London, UK.
Joe helps start-ups and companies convert their vision and ideas into real world products and services. Joe specialises in helping companies get it done.