At the same time, I found out about Getting Real by 37signals. When I got to the part about “scratching your own itch”, I thought about how I was looking for a user interface sketching tool for a while. I knew about a few, like Balsamiq Mockups, but they were all too complicated, and sketches are supposed to be simple, so you need a simple app to allow you to focus on the big picture and ignore the details. I decided I would create my own UI sketching tool using Getting Real’s approach.
I started to become worried about where I would store all the data for my application. I knew I needed some kind of server-side web application framework that would allow me to easily store data in a database of some kind.
Ruby on Rails was mentioned a few times in Getting Real, so I decided to try it. Needless to say, I haven’t looked back. I have been using Ruby on Rails for everything since then, and I absolutely love it.
As my web application was nearing completion, I knew it was time to work on more business-related things. It was at this time that I found out about REWORK, 37signals’ business book. I found it at my local public library (it took a while to find it, because it wasn’t with the business books; it was on display in the bestseller section :)"). REWORK has helped me immensely to run my business successfully.
The finished product is a web app called Sketch Lab, available at sketchlabhq.com.
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