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I designed and coded a cross-platform app by myself!

jovansavic profile image Jovan Savic ・2 min read

Long time no see!

It's been 2 years (and a couple of days) since I opened an account on dev.to.

I will celebrate the 2nd anniversary with publishing post about my latest side project.

Some time ago, I needed a time tracking app for some of my projects. The good thing is that there is a lot of time tracking apps!
But, of course, If I were satisfied with some of them, I wouldn't make this post :D

I wanted a really simple app, just to track my projects and if it's possible to somehow remind me when to start and stop. Oh, and if there is an app to just stop tracking automatically when I stop working.

After using Toggle for some time, I decided to try designing an app that will suit my needs.

The design was nice, I thought, and I even knew Front-End, but I didn't want another web time tracker. I didn't want another tab or window open, I wanted something simple and easy to use.

So I decided to quit

But this year, I started experimenting with something called Electron.js, and it was mind-blowing. I couldn't believe I can write HTML, CSS, JS, and create an app for macOS, Windows, and Linux, and all that with just one codebase. IT WAS AMAZING!

So I started working on it again

I found Angular-Electron starter kit on GitHub, and slowly started with slicing design screen by screen.

It was an amazing experience. There were so many things that were harder than I expected to be, and there were so many easy to do things that I expected to be hard.

I finally published 1.0.0 version :D

I published a post on Product Hunt, and if you are curious about it, you can visit The Track Website.

Feel free to leave harsh feedback.

I'm planning to launch more products and getting real feedback will prevent me from making the same mistakes again.

The Track GIF:

The Track - Personal Time Tracker

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Daniel Waller (he/him)

Awesome! Congrats on publishing your side project...I've never made it that far 😅
Small feedback for your website: Personally I find the transition time between the screens of different colored versions a bit too fast.

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Jovan Savic Author

Me too :D So many started projects are waiting to be completed :D

Thanks for your feedback! :D

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Robin Kretzschmar

Congratulations on publishing your app! 🎊
Feedback so far: The decoration of the Download button makes it hard to read.
download button the track website

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Jovan Savic Author

Thanks 🎉

Also, thanks on your feedback! 🤗

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Mohammad Fazel

Amazing just keep going

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Jovan Savic Author

Thanks Mohammad!