Maps, Startups and the End of the World... or Not [Software Scramble]
Develop | Posted December 14, 2012

Alright, so we've got exactly one week before the world is blasted into oblivion by a giant rogue planet, aliens, zombies, solar flares or an extremely rare annual planetary-solar-galactic allignment. Right. So, since we'll all be busy dealing with that next week, I figured it was a good time to get in one last Software Scramble. 

To be honest, I just don't think this is a convenient time for the world to end. I've been looking forward to so many things that will never come to fruition: My amazing website idea, season 3 of Game of Thrones and ... well, that's it. On the upside, I will get to see the Hobbit, which kind of makes up for everything else. Let's take a look at some of the things the software world will miss out on if this whole thing actually goes down as those damn Mayans predicted. 


No, I'm not talking about that unbearable Gmail outage - that's old news now, right? Google made iOS fans extremely happy this week when they officially announced Google Maps apps for iOS6, finally freeing iPhone and iPad users from the clutches of Apple Maps. On the other hand (well, more specifically, the back hand) Google's Clay Bavor also made a statement this week explaining that Google has no plans to make apps for Windows 8 or Windows phones because Google is "very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8."

Apparently Google sees a brighter future for Gangnam Style than Windows. Talk about a sign that the world is ending, sheesh. Anyway, moving on...


You finally came up with a winning idea for your own company? Rough timing. Oh well. If it makes you feel any better, this post by @Swizec insists that founders of startups should not be programmers anyway. While he does make a few good points here, I have a hunch that Mark Zuckerberg would disagree.

While it is important for a founders/CEOs to focus on keeping the lights on, programming is the best way for them to stay in touch with the product and what the end-user wants. Having a technical CEO may also make the company itself more appealing to young, talented coders. Regardless of which side you stand on, if you're a true startup junkie, you may want to take a look at Fundageek, a relatively new crowdfunding site focused on helping cash-starved developers get their projects off the ground. 


Realizing you should have started implementing Scrum months, or years, ago? Well, no worries newbies, @derekhuether is here to save the day with this post that focuses entirely on the very basics of getting started with Scrum. For those of you on the other side of the spectrum, you may want to tune in to @jeffsutherland's Dec. 19 webinar about the latest metrics to guide your team on the path of hyperproductivity. If you can squeeze it in, this may just be the last webinar you'll ever attend.

What do you think? Is it stupid for Google not to be releasing apps for Windows 8? Should a startup's CEO also be a programmer? Will Tyrion Lannister ever become king!? Comment below to give your thoughts on any of this, and good luck next Friday.  

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