I feel uber positive about our joining forces with Team OnCell. But I’ve learned the hard way over the years just how difficult the choice of development partner can be. So I’m taking it slow this time, courting my "new beau" before we decide to tie the knot.
Here are the criteria I used to guide my choice of hopeful future partner:
1 - Evidence of sound, well-built work and a generous work ethic
The OnCell publishing engine is excellent. It’s everything I had hoped to build, and then some. They made my decision-making process easy by giving me access to the back end of their engine straight away. So in addition to downloading and playing with the apps built on the OnCell platform, I was able to create a small app of my own and really get a feel for the power of their program. I've been back there fiddling around for several months.
It’s very important to know what your future development partner is capable of, and to make certain they know how to code specifically for your project needs. I chose my first partner based on word-of-mouth. He was a very nice guy and he’d built a great resource app for a nurse practitioner friend of mine. But once he got into my project, he realized he was not up for the task. Sadly, he was unwilling to admit this. Instead, he took my money and disappeared off the face of the earth, canceling the email address I had for him and refusing to respond to my messages on LinkedIn.