I realize I'm fairly new at this web development game, but I've already dipped my toes pretty deep into the water (is that the right expression?). Since first really learning how to do this over break (about 8 weeks ago) I've come up with ideas I thought were cool and coded them together almost once a week. It has been really fun and I have thousands of more ideas left and I'm ready to keep moving. Even though I have yet to see the back of my eyelids before 5AM in the past couple weeks, its been really exciting and I'm loving every second. Update on the Google Maps - Facebook API Mashup: it's going real well. Almost done, just polishing some things, and planning to stay up however long with Dan to code it up and release it. We've shown the beta to some friends and they all are very excited about it. I think this could finally penetrate the Bored at Work Network and maintain a first page place on Hacker News. If so - then I will finally have proven myself to the tech community and to myself. Things are moving fast and I'm excited. Now on to homework (because that's still important right?).
Another big release! FavoriteThing.me Dan, Ajay and I were inspired by threewords.me and behold we were noticed by the creator (Mark Bao) of that site! He even registered! I am so excited and on top of that we made front page of hacker news! But Mark commented and brought up HUGE issues and opportunities to improve the site: making the user registration flow (and thus viral coefficient) much better, and making the site look nicer. We need to work on that. But first. Homework. Then sleep (or not) then class then track then lift then football then more homework. Then hacking.
[caption id="attachment_60" align="aligncenter" width="730" caption="source: aretheychamps.com/"][/caption] It was another one of those days... Did not get too much school work done, but got a lot of real work done. Worked on Project Val and made signifigant progress. Very excited for that. Then about 30 min before the Super Bowl, I asked Ajay if he wanted to work on something. I thought it might be cool to do something like IsItRaining.In/ but for the Super Bowl. After having a creative brainstorm session, we came up with something cool that so far has around 1,000 hits. We call it: AreTheyChamps.com Hopefully, we can reach that sought after "Bored At Work Network" tomorrow. Will let you know. Night.
[caption id="attachment_32" align="aligncenter" width="706" caption="source: shh.. it's a secret"][/caption] Why am I up so late? I just bought this new domain (wesleyzhao.com) and had to make a couple new additions before I went to bed (added the tweet button [click it!], an about page, a projects page, and a bunch of other stuff too). But also, Dan and I have been getting started on a new project (let's call it Project Val). We made some great progress on the design and the front end and also made a big dent in the server-side stuff as well. On top of that, I learned how to deal with 'sessions' in php. I'm very excited for Project Val, and we really have high hopes for it. Email me or leave a comment, and I'll make sure you're one of the first to know when it's out.