things i'm doing
RevolvingChore is a Ruby on Rails web app several friends and I built for a community college class we took recently. It is a chore chart tracker/generator application, created to make managing chores easier. We were living in a house with six guys, and chores were not always getting done. We attempted to print out a chore chart each month to tape to the fridge, but we often forgot. We knew it could be better, and much cooler, if it was an online application.
This app is running on my VPS, with Nginx, Thin, and a PostgreSQL backend. We deploy with Capistrano which, by the way, is completely incredible. We made a bit of an effort to write efficient code, so although my VPS is fairly minimalistic, this app is still quite speedy.
the faster scale app
The Faster Scale App is a project I've been working on for the last several months. It's an online version of Michael Dye's The Faster Scale psychological evaluation questionaire. I'm fascinated by addiction and the addictive process, and The Faster Scale is useful for helping addicts gain and maintain sobriety by helping them become more self-aware of their emotions. Generally, addiction is a coping mechanism for dealing with uncomfortable feelings and situations. The Faster Scale trains the addict to recognize when they are emotionally unhealthy, and to process their feelings in a beneficial way.
I built this app in Yii 2 with a PostgreSQL backend. It's running on the same VPS as this website, using Nginx, PHP-FPM, and Memcache. Some cool features include meaningful retina-quality analytics that are built in the ChartJS charting library, a history of your emotional state which allows you to view how your emotions change over time, and a cool reporting feature that emails your friends when you aren't doing well.
I had a lot of fun building this, and I intend to continue working on it! I hope it can help people.
Dotr is an experiment I did with NodeJS and Material AngularJS. I wanted to become more familiar with Node and Angular and I really liked the look of Material Design, so I started to work on Dotr. Dotr is a wishlist/wish-tracker for both gifters and gift receivers. The user enters Categories, Subcategories, and Items in order to keep track of things they or someone they know wants. To keep things interesting, every time you make an entry a google image search is done. The first result found is then proudly attached to your entry. This can have very unpredictable, and sometimes hysterical, results.
Dotr's backend is a RESTful api built in NodeJS using the Restify framework. The datestore is just a flat JSON file that is read from and written to. Eventually I'd like to move that to Redis. The frontend is Material AngularJS. It's served by an Nginx proxy in front of the node server.