Who owns what? And why does it matter?

When a dev shop builds a mobile app, typically they sign a contract saying that they won’t reuse anything they build for you with other clients— they’ll build every single feature from scratch. If you’re using Facebook login, they’re building that again for you. If you’re integrating payments, they’re spending time getting that set up. Every line of code will be written for the first time. … 

 

Why we take care of your servers

Let’s be honest: “Server” is a scary word.

In reality, they aren’t as scary as they sound. Servers are just a collection of computers that host your data so you can access it whenever you need to. Servers interact with the “client.” (In computer talk, your client can be your computer, watch, phone, tablet, palm pilot, hover board, etc.) … 

 

Teams on Hatch

Building a successful company is rarely a solo endeavor. Most of our users have cofounders or partners in their company, so one of the first features we built out was team management. With Hatch, you can add your team members, your accountant, your investors, your mom, and your teddy bear to your dashboard. Your team will be able to make design changes and send push notifications, and your stakeholders will be able to check out your stats at their convenience. … 

 

Keeping up with software updates and design trends

One of the biggest challenges with mobile is keeping up with the software updates. Mobile hardware is changing every year, and with that apps can capitalize on new phone components (e.g. force touch, sensor ID, NFC, screen size). It doesn’t help that mobile software is constantly being updated to maximize the possibilities with new hardware and take advantage of new technologies. Because everything is evolving so quickly, keeping up with it all is a full-time job for many engineers. … 

 

How we enabled live design editing

After dropping out of college, I was building websites and mobile apps to support myself. In that process, I realized that I could easily change website content, colors, and fonts, but the same capabilities didn’t exist for mobile apps. I was unbelievably frustrated by having to re-submit mobile builds to the app store any time I wanted to change the color of a button (and not to mention the week it would take to get approved). …