In today’s IT world writing custom code can easily earn a person $150.00 an hour. So, a donation of say, $20.00 earns a person about 7.5 minutes of the IT’s time.
This app has had hundreds, but most likely several thousands of hours put into it by more than one developer. This app was in work for about 2 months BEFORE it began a beta test. No one even knew it was being developed until it was already 2 months old.
SmartThings changes things constantly, and doesn’t tell us about it. I’ve had to fix two of my apps in the past couple of days that just stopped working for no reason at all. Amazon changes things on a daily basis… literally on a daily basis. They care even less about developers than ST.
So, if an app isn’t working for you, or it’s frustrating for you, and you’ve given a donation… ask the developer for your money back and move on.
No one has to use the code we develop. Especially the code we develop for free.
With all of the negativity because Tony is attempting to improve your lives, I would highly recommend that he pull the code and put it behind a firewall, that the user would then have to pay to access.
Here’s an idea… $5.00 charge for code access… per version. How many of you would then be bitching or rude about the software that you probably wouldn’t pay the $5.00 for?
Folks, it’s simple. A man, with a family and a life, is performing a service for you for free, that he could easily charge for and make some money from.
Think about that the next time your free program doesn’t work for a few minutes.