WHA App Update

Hi everyone! I’m Cody, the developer behind WHA and I’ll be here giving occasional updates as our iOS app progresses.

I’ll just dive straight into an overview of the app, and feel free to comment on this post with any advice or suggestions. The design of the app isn’t final yet either, WYSIWYMNG (what you see is what you may not get). This is the main map view, which defaults to your current location:


From here, we can start browsing nearby WHA spots to get work done. Tapping on an annotation shows a simplified callout with some basic, but important, attributes of that spot, as well as a navigation button that takes you to driving directions via Apple Maps.
iOS Simulator Screen Shot Dec 15, 2014, 2.23.59 PM

A tap on the callout gives some more detailed info about the workspot, though reviews and check-ins are still works in progress. You can swipe through the cards to see the next closest location, and if you wiggle your toes with the app open, it’ll also teleport you to the furthest location (in spirit of the WHA mantra). That was a joke, please don’t sue us if it doesn’t work. We have no money.

We wanted to make it as easy as possible to add new locations to WHA, so we’re using Foursquare search to find matches and add work-attributes to those locations. You’ll need to login via Instagram before adding new locations, editing existing locations, or adding reviews.

A side menu shows some additional features available after logging in via Instagram too:

Some features that still need to be added are location hours, filters, reviews, check-ins, and bookmarking locations. Unfortunately, location hours from Foursquare API can only be fetched one location at a time, so we’ll need to cache this in our database first and occasionally refresh the data from Foursquare. I’ll get a bit more technical on this in a future short post.

Sorry Android users, we don’t have plans set for the Android app yet (but we will definitely be working on it in the near future!)  That’s the update for now, I’m currently working hard at Caffe Amouri in Vienna, VA. The wifi’s slightly on the fast end here (7.5MBps download, 8MBps upload).  There’s about 13 tables, 7 of them with access to outlets, and all full on Monday afternoon (I kind of like it a bit lively!). It’s got a small parking lot, but there’s street parking too, all free.

To be the first to try our app, please apply to become a pioneer.

See you next time!


  • Francis Lata

    2014-12-18 at 5:41 AM Reply

    Woah, I’m liking the technologies used so far! Is it possible to help out with the development? I’m an iOS developer as well.

    • Cody Huang

      2014-12-18 at 10:13 AM Reply

      Hey, thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it! Can you shoot me an email to cody@workhardanywhere.com so we can chat if help is needed?

  • Nick Danforth

    2014-12-22 at 7:51 AM Reply

    This is looking great! We can’t wait to give it a try! Heading up to Portland in a couple weeks and will be trying new cafés on the daily!

  • Kevin Abesamis

    2015-01-03 at 12:53 AM Reply

    Why not just do this as a web app so you aren’t restricted to one platform?

    • aircow33

      2015-09-15 at 11:43 AM Reply

      cuz webapps are slow, and UI will be unresponsive

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