A couple weeks ago, we met with Rajiv Ramnath (Associate CSE Professor at OSU and co-author of Android 3 SDK Programming For Dummies - affiliate link) to present a general overview of Quaffic and request he act as our technical advisor. A natural part of the conversation was about our current technical stack and deployment strategy. I proceeded to explain the different architectural components and particular technology/framework decisions we had made to get the application to its current state. Seeing as we were talking to a guy who is well-versed in the technical jargon and wouldn’t be fooled with fancy terms like “mobile API” and “SDK,” our explanation came with a bit of a disclaimer and was honestly lacking in confidence.
He asked how we were going to deploy the backend. We explained – with another disclaimer – what we knew and the different services we were considering. After sharing this, he shared something interesting with us. He said,
“Have confidence in your knowledge and abilities, and don’t get overly caught up on your technology stack. You and Eric have both graduated with degrees from an established program. You’ve done some research. Continue with what you know and realize you have the abilities to successfully adapt where you need to adapt.” Read more on “Confidence or Ignorance? Dealing with the Paradox of Choice” »