Ruby Projects

I built for my portfolio
Real-Time Chat App

What I learned:

Use Action Cable in a simple way to make a chatroom for multiple users and to have in-memory data storage on heroku I used the gem redis 3.3.1. Further I could exercise some markdown which came in handy for readme’s on GitHub.

What I liked most:

I really liked the simplicity of the app. Minimum amount of gems and fancy functionality. It’s a mix between Michael Hartl’s and DHH’s instructions.

What I could improve:

I could add o-auth and gravatar pictures in addition to usernames only.

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Rails Blog
What I learned:

I learned to handle bootstrap-sass and could build a user and validations with RegEx without devise. I also used the will_paginate gem for the first time which was useful for blog posts and categories.

What I liked most:

This was one my first apps from scratch. I enjoyed the process of connecting models with polymorphic associations and building instances like comments through other models.

What I could improve:

I could style this app out of its “bootstrappy-look”.

Likable Photogram

What I learned:

I learned to use paperclip for uploading pictures (I’m already looking forward to Rails Active Storage). Moreover I wrote tests and used haml for syntax.

What I liked most:

Learning BDD with RSpec and Capybara was fun and challenging. Throughout the app I stopped writing tests out of confusion but I’m still practicing in other apps.

What I could improve:

There’s a bug that prevents the user from updating their profiles I couldn’t find.

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Task-Manager App
What I learned:

I built used the power of materialize css-framework to get going with the styling. Moreover I used the states (current_user.where(condition)) to set the cards to their task column.

What I liked most:

To my astonishment I found materialize css to be way more adaptive than bootstrap or foundation. I think I’ll use it in the future for similar projects.

What I could improve:

I could style the app further. Materialize is great, but some more styling would give this app a more unique look.

Member Aquisition
What I learned:

I learned that simple idea-packaging can make the difference between a blog and a message board, where blog posts are clickable under message cards. Then I learned using AWS to store and link my pictures, since the native heroku database resets after 24h.

What I liked most:

I tried to make style this app out of the bootstrappy look it had. I’m satisfied with the result and will try other storage providers than AWS to compare benefits.

What I could improve:

I could have implemented profiles for users and the ability to follow other users.

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Movie Voter App
What I learned:

Sometimes only one background picture linked to AWS and some additional CSS are enough to make the app a lot nicer. I learned also to use the acts_as_votable gem and made some voting configurations.

What I liked most:

I really liked the usage of acts_as_votable. It has a lot of options to fit almost every situation where you need somebody to vote on an element.

What I could improve:

In a future app, I’ll implement direct upload to Amazon Web Services. This way the movie pictures don’t get lost in the abyss of the heroku database reset.

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