Addicted – a web app in a day!

Today was a rather different day at work – when we arrived we learnt that we were going to build a web app in a day! Just for fun! This morning there was no ykyat.com. Now there is! We bought the domain, built the app, registered the Twitter account (@ykyat), got it importing data … oh, it was a lot of fun!

ykyat - you know you're addicted to ...

The application scans Twitter to find out what people are addicted to, in the form “You know you’re addicted to x when …” It sucks up the tweets, categorises them, lets you vote them up and down.

Being the person with previous experience of the Twitter API it was my responsibility to get the data in and send an @reply to people who use the hashtag #ykyat. My colleagues worked on the models, routes, user interface, interaction, the rating system, and getting it live and working on EC2.

It was great fun all to be working on the same thing together, and the challenge of doing the whole thing in one day! Credit to my colleagues for being so great to work with – it was a bit hectic at times! Huge credit to my boss, @chrismdp for thinking up the idea (yesterday!) conveying it to us, and directing us all to achieve it. I reckon that is pretty impressive!

It looks as if there will be a series on the Eden Development blog about how we did it! :)

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8 comments on “Addicted – a web app in a day!

  1. That is such a cool idea.You could have like one day a month where you do something just as awesome!

  2. I'm sure we'll do it again!It is a great team-building experience, and makes such a nice change to think you're going in for a normal day's work, and then find out you get to do something completely different!

  3. I can't wait to see the notes you've written! It'll be quite interesting to collect all our screenshots and remember how it all went! What a day! :)

  4. I can't wait to see the notes you've written! It'll be quite interesting to collect all our screenshots and remember how it all went! What a day! :)

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