Well, there you have it–I built a Ruby on Rails app. It feels pretty great, especially considering the effort required. I went into this project feeling pretty good about my handle on Rails, but nearly every step in this process through me a curve ball. These hiccups taught me a ton more and, by conquering them, also boosted my confidence, so I’m grateful for the opportunity.
Happy Hour Journal (HHJ) arose from a discussion with a fellow cohort-mate who was building a tracker app for easy searching of nearby happy hours. Having found a spot for early-evening provisions, I figured the diner might like to be able to keep track of the who/what/when/where of their happy hour experience. HHJ requires creating an account and, from that point forward, logging in via a username and password. Follow the CRUD convention, HHJ allows users to log, browse, change, and delete journal entries.
Stuck on one last error,
Existential crisis sets in.
Oh, forgot to save.
I just wrapped up my first CLI project, which was equal parts challenging and engaging. Best Music is a gem that scrapes Pitchfork.com and returns the previous 12 “Best New Albums.” You can browse by genre or score as well as generate a chronological list of albums. It was a ton of fun to build, and I actually intend on firing-up the program weekly to check out new music without the hassle of having to click through to each album review page for scores and descriptions.
Something I’ve always enjoyed about the structure of programming languages–and something that’s been frequently emphasized, thus far, in the Flatiron course–is how programming often reflects the real world (for our purposes here, let’s just take “real world” to mean the non-virtual, non-digital planes of existence). In building-up these digital logic systems, we often resort to organizational and philosophical structures that have held reign in our non-virtual lives, often for generations. This, to me, is fascinating.