How to develop your own web application
I wrote this post a while back. The content can still be relevant but the information I've linked to may not be available.
Unfortunately, the Brighton trafffic meant that I arrived late but John M described Chrss which is a chess-playing application where the moves are delivered via an RSS feed. Neat idea to use RSS for something like this.
Secondly, Ian described ShowMeDo which is a video/screencast tutorial website. The site is aimed mainly at the techie computer geek market at the moment but has the potential to expand into other areas.
It was good to hear discussions about the definition of a '£5 App' and whether you should develop multiple applications in parallel before concentrating on those that are more successful than others. This is an interesting idea but I can't help feel that this would dilute the time and effort require to develop a successful web application and market it.
It was also interesting afterwards to discuss the rapid application development frameworks that are available, particularly Turbogears and Ruby on Rails. It seems essential to use a rapid development framework these days.
The discussions also left me feeling that I should put some time and effort into learning one of these frameworks. With a stack of work piling up and recent book purchases to read, this is easier said than done for me at the moment. I need to free up some spare time.