Man was I crushed.
It’s written by Romain Guy, who most Android developers know is involved with Android at Google. Imagine my disappointment to realize that he’d not only had the same idea, but also made a prettier version of a booklist in your pocket!
Here I was feeling embarrassed and disappointed. Surely people might think I’d merely imitated him, and wouldn’t like PackRat as a result!
I have to say that I’ve changed my mind on that.
For one thing, being a Google employee, Romain can’t enter the challenge (phew!). For another, he says his app isn’t finished yet… then again, what software is? I feel PackRat is just finished enough for a first version, but there’s a long list of things I’d like to do with it still. And I already got feedback2, so apparently I’m not the only one looking forward to further developments.
Also, it looks as if Shelves only deals with books. I’d be hard pressed to decide whether I have more CDs or books on my shelves3. PackRat may be more universally useful, which I think is a strong selling point!
But most importantly, when you get over the initial shock that there’s a strong competitor out there, the realization sinks in that competition is a good thing. It keeps you on your toes. It motivates you to do more, and better. Overall, that makes me feel a lot more positive about PackRat’s future than I was feeling a few days ago, when I was feeling pretty damn positive about it.
Yes, there might still be reasons why people would prefer Shelves. You know what? Tell me why in the feedback section, and I’ll see what I can do. The more feedback I get, the better I’ll know what to work on next.
My only problem now is time. I’d love to get cracking and work on improving PackRat right now, but my bills want to be paid first…