CalendarBudget - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

I worked almost 10 years as a software developer at the 'Toronto IBM Software Lab', mainly on web and Java projects for 'WebSphere Commerce'. I was a Team Lead for the last 4 years and the Lead Developer on 'WebSphere Commerce Analyzer,' a data mining product for 'WebSphere Commerce'.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

In this particular case, it was wrapping my head around React and Redux, coming from an Enterprise Java/old-school JavaScript programming background. But now that I get it, I love it!

A father of 5 girls (including twins), I am an entrepreneur running 2 businesses (founder of 'CalendarBudget', co-founder of 'The Digital Marketing People'). Using technology (specifically web apps), I aim to solve personal and business problems in a simple way.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

For pure utility, 'Google Hangouts', 'Facebook Messenger', 'Gmail'. Straightforward and intuitive solutions to well-defined problems.

How long have you been working on this app?

Since March 2018.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

We have an existing browser web app. We also have a mobile web version that doesn't perform well and has significant limitations. The need was to get that functionality into a well-designed native mobile app to better serve our users and "get with the times".

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

Before beginning design/coding I evaluated more than 20 competitive personal finance apps. Only a few were similar, but we really gleaned what worked and what didn't from a UI/usability perspective. We wanted the user experience to be great while still fitting in as much functionality as possible. I think we nailed the design of the main calendar screen, putting 'CalendarBudget' in best-of-class territory for a personal finance app that allows you to forecast your balance.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

We launched with minimal functionality and we are rapidly working towards delivering all to the functionality that the web app has. Once that is complete, we have a huge list of new features/functionality we intend to deliver - many items from user suggestions.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Share the app and give us an honest review on the app stores.


About App: Financial planners recommend organizing and planning your money on a calendar. CalendarBudget is a personal finance app designed to be easy to use and to allow you to both track and plan your money in the past and in the future. It's an easy to use money planner with no complicated system that takes weeks to get used to - just walk up and use! • Never miss a bill again with calendared reminders. • Know when your income, expenses and regular spending happen.
• See your account balance on any day in the future. • Plan ahead for upcoming major expenses. • Mobile and browser versions stay perfectly in sync. Consumer debt is at an all-time high. Managing personal finances is challenging because easy credit, impulse buying and poor financial planning are all too common. CalendarBudget, the best personal money management software, tracks and forecasts your use of money in the same way you actually use it, day-to-day, on a calendar as financial planners have long recommended. CalendarBudget is the single point of consult to determine whether or not you can afford your next and future purchases.

Categories: Finance

Date: January 5, 2019

Developer: Eric Poulin

About developer: A father of 5 girls (including twins), I am an entrepreneur running 2 busine ... Read more



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