Andrew Chang (aka /u/RedBanHammer) has been developing for half a decade in a variety of programing languages and has made some pretty interesting applications. These include an awesome minimalist task and to-do app called Valis along with some interesting games and apps for iOS and Mac OS X. Additionally, His app DashNotes was featured by Apple as best new widget when it was released. It’s definitely worth a few minutes to check out his projects on his site to keep up with what he’s up to.
Notifications for Reddit was born out of necessity due to Alien Blue, which is the default Reddit client due to it being bought out. Along the way though, it has also caused a lot of battery drain issues when attempting to fetch messages from Reddit in a horribly round-about way. It uses background app refresh to constantly babysit the fetch protocol to check for new messages at a user configured interval in order to deliver notifications for new messages and comment replies. For stock iOS users it was the best solution available until recently. Now, you can simply pay $1.99 for real time push notifications to be delivered to you right when your message is available.
Andrew also talks about some hurdles in the development of Notifications for Reddit, what makes a good beta tester and what he would change about the development process for Apple’s ecosystem. Check out the interview by clicking the following link for all the details. Continue reading this post ->