Irrational Rob

I love writing software. I especially love writing my own software. When I’m doing my own thing the day zooms by. I’m energized afterward. Ready to get back to work on it.AHHHHHH!

I’ve been doing iOS work for quite a while now and have always wanted to do a native Mac app. Of course SwiftUI will allow me to do that fairly easily.

Here’s the thing. There is this super irrational me that wants to put apps on iOS, macOS, Windows, and possibly Linux. Maybe even Android, who knows. The first three targets for sure; iOS, macOS, and Windows. To that end I keep plugging away on my own C++ class libraries. Recently I started refactoring them. I love the way UIKit/AppKit are built, so I’ve modeled what I’ve done thus far after those Frameworks. It’s still very early days but I’m enjoying the process.

There is the irrational Rob. The one that wants to build his own class libraries so he can write one hunk of code in C++ that works on different platforms.

Recently I asked a friend for advice about how he’d implement a dictionary class. His answer was simple, and the proper one: “I wouldn’t. I’d use std::map because it’s a dictionary and I’d use std::vector because it’s an array.” Of course he’s correct! It’s completely irrational for me to do this stuff, yet, I’m still going to do it.

Why? Because I can and I want to.

By Rob Fahrni

Husband / Father / Developer