This weeks Developer Bits & Bytes series we have a chance to interview Hessel van Tuinen who works for his own entrepreneurial start-up, HT Applications! It is always good to see entrepreneurial ventures as it gives you a sense of what you will be faced with if you decide to take this path. We asked Hessel to talk a little about HT Applications and this is what he had to say:
HT Application is a young firm which is not just exciting by two young and enthusiastic entrepreneurs, but is also exciting out of reliable network of great technicians, strong designers and smart programmers, all specialised at building mobile apps for platforms including iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Together we make your mobile app exactly the way you like it. Nothing is impossible. Thanks to our experiences we can provide a tight price to quality ratio. Our quotes are always for free. While we build your mobile app we will always be communicating with you, so we can build an fantastic app together.
We like their attitude when it comes to nothing being impossible as this is definitely true and should be the mindset of any developer. We wanted to know a little more about Hessel before diving into our questions and this is what he had to say about himself:
Mobile applications | Tablet developing | Consulting | Supplying| Developing| Business Development | speaker | Worldwide
Hessel van Tuinen
Specialist | Consultant| Visionair | Networker
Happy to be in this Mobile software market!
Fast growing, global and very innovative!
Visit one of my profiles to get to know me and my companies!
At what age did you start to use a computer? When did you start programming and what were your very first languages? When did you realize you wanted to be a computer programmer/software engineer?
I’ve started with the first computer of my parents.
It was a PackardBell and mostly we were busy on it making dail-up connection and playing Fifa soccer game.
The first interest for programming was with the dreamweaver software.
Started with some animations.
Did some HTML.
Years after I’ve started jailbreaking and learned myself all the ins and outs of the iOS system and Objective C.
Now I’m a business owner, work with many developers and believe in the mobile software market.
As translator between idea and code I’m busy on many projects.
Android and Windows Phone 7 are also systems I used.
Eclipse for Android, Visual Studio for Windows Phone 7.
Now I’m totally into HTML5 which i think will be part of the future…
What gets you excited about programming?
Results, working BETA’s, Adding new features to applications.
Integrating great back-end systems.
What applications have you worked on or developed?
And some Android and Windows Phone 7 applications.
Manly business apps but also educational!
Do you listen to music when developing? If so any brand of headphones you prefer and why kind of music do you listen to?
SennHeiser great clear sound!
Grooveshark, GooglePlayMusic, Spotify, Amazoncloudplayer, Mspot, iTunes..
Mainly: podcast from Gareth Emery!
How is/was working with the team you are/were with? What specific role do/did you play in that piece of software / hardware?
I’m a consultant and project manager, working on many project worldwide
Finished projects in Brazil, US, Spain, UK, and based in the Netherlands.
The process from idea to finishing an app is where I’m good at.
Project management and being creative
What projects are you working on now? Future project plans?
Too many to name!
What is your preferred mobile OS to develop for? What other mobile OSs do you develop for?
I prefer to develop for iOS, Windows Phone 7, Android
What do you think OS/hardware manufacturers can do to entice more developers to their platform?
Windows Phone 7: Create good system with clear registration
iOS / Android: Solve the multi-account issues!
What is the biggest reward of being a developer/code monkey/programmer/software engineer?
Creating valuable content
Any drawbacks to being a developer/code monkey/programmer/software engineer?
What do you like to do when you are not working? How often do you do this?
Sports, drinking, playing with my kids!
Where would you like to be 5 years from now?
Rich and famous on the beach!
Why is Blue Raspberry blue?
Otherwise it’s Blackberry…and RIM is almost done!
While talking with Hessel he asked that we let our developers/readers know that he will be attending two hackathons in Europe this spring if anyone happens to be in the area:
During TNWConference in Amsterdam:(Waiting list)
During ICTspring2012 in Luxembourg: (you still can sign-up)
We are also excited to announce that Hessel is very active in another site that is near and dear to our own hearts, the Application Developers Alliance and urges readers to join as he is active there as well!
Hopefully with these questions answered you can gain a little more insight into the life of a developer. If you have any other questions for Hessel about himself, the company he works for, or the applications he has worked on, feel free to drop us an email by using the Contact Us in the menu or leave us a comment below and we will make sure it is asked. It is amazing what Hessel has demonstrated and all of us at Binary Wasteland look forward to seeing what will be next out of the doors at HT Applications. Until the next Developer Bits & Bytes, Happy Hacking!