How To Build an Add-on: Glossary

Ahhhh Jargon …our old friend with the inside jokes. Here are a few of bits of jargon we use when building an add-on.

Integration
When two web apps talk to each other to do useful things.
Add-on*
Alternate name for an integration with a marketer’s spin.
API (Application Programming Interface)
The way one web app “talks” to another web app.
Web App (Web Application)
a.k.a. SaaS (Software as a Service) A web site that you use as a tool to do things in the same way that you use software that is installed on your computer or mobile device.

How To Build an Add-on Step 1: Evaluate and Choose

We’ve set out to build a number of Add-ons for integrating Inkdit with other applications over the coming months. This series of posts is our real life experience of How To Build an Add-on. If you are thinking of building an integration for your web app, we hope that sharing our experiences will be helpful.

Add-on GearsThe steps in the series:

  1. Evaluate and Choose
  2. Listen
  3. Write Code
  4. Measure
  5. Learn

We’ll be re-using (and iteratively revising) this plan with each integration. A quick glossary for the uninitiated can be found here.

 

The Fruits of Our Harvest …Time Tracker

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
– Steve Jobs, interview with BusinessWeek, May 25 1998

We were pretty nervous about how our world was going to look last week. Knowing the Mayan “End of Days” was only a few days away, we decided to go out on a limb and put together a focus group.

We chose to focus our focus group on how improving our current integration with Harvest could make life easier for people using both applications. We’ve already got a working integration, but we really want to build a powerful add-on for Harvest users.

“It’s an Honour Just Being Nominated. Seriously!”

Alberta Venture: Innovate or die

They say it takes a village to raise a child.

We couldn’t agree more. We see it as we work together as a team on projects. We recognize that we are members of our respective communities. We’re are all a part of our own village, whether that’s our culture, neighbourhood or city. We know that we have a responsibility to recognize others as we strive to do what brings good things to the world.

So we were blown away to hear that we were selected as a leading innovator in Alberta Venture Magazine’s Innovation Issue for November.