Many projects have been open sourced on my GitHub. A few years ago, I discovered my optimal approach to learning is to build projects, because its engaging and useful. I used to try to learn things by first reading books and watching videos. I think books and videos should still be used, but only after the hard battle of reading the docs and building a bad app for the first time 🤷🏻♂️.
Choose the "hard way", or "the way that seems easy but leads nowhere". (Scott H. Young)
First, I started with sketching the UI on paper. Then, when designing the UI digitally in Figma, I kept in mind the tips from the Refactoring UI book. Then I coded it up in VSCode, Dart and Flutter, together with my team. (Fish and chip image by Meelan Bawjee and Louis Henson (chef) by Louis Henson).
A physiotherapy app which uses 3D pose estimation on both Android and iOS devices. I am still working on this, but the UI I designed using Figma can be found here.
Foodprint is a mobile app that calculates the carbon footprint of food from a picture or receipt.
Reimbursr is a React Native mobile app that allows you to get instantly reimbursed by your company for expenses. You take a picture of your receipt, and the value of the receipt is automatically added to your bank balance using ThoughtMachine's banking APIs and Computer vision. Above a certain dollar/ currency amount, you need approval from a manager to get the refund. We used NodeJS, NestJS, React Native and Python (for computer vision and related logic). The application used secret (NDA) code by Thought Machine that we aren't allowed to share, so unfortunately you can't try this app. ThoughtMachine invited us to demo in front of their whole company (~100 people) and have some food there too. I was also given "the hard thing about hard things" by Ben Horowitz, the exploding kittens game, among other things.
A weekend of Leon 🍔 Food and WebSockets 🔌. We built a IoT solution which counts the number of food items on the 'hot path', the area between the kitchen and the front of the shop. Food on the hot path needs to be thrown away if not sold within a certain time. I built a webapp, and connected it to a backend to update the UI instantaneously, when food is taken or added to the hot path. I spoke with and presented to the Leon Team, including the Founder. This allows Leon kitchens to be more efficient, cooking more when food is needed, instead of waiting for the frontline staff to verbally communicate with them. Personally, I had too much Leon vegan burgers in one weekend, and started feeling a little sick. They taste good once in a while though 🥄.
I was curious what infrastructure as code (IAC) was. So I used Terraform to deploy Cloudflare DNS records (email/ MX, A, etc), EC2 instances for AWS with the correct network configuration. This means I can deploy and destroy the configuration whenever I want, without having to remember or write down the configuration I used before. Highly recommended! I evaluated terraform, AWS and self-hosting as an alternative to managed-hosting (GoDaddy) for a website with 3000+ unique visitors each day. In the end, we stayed with managed-hosting, but moved their website to a different provider, HostGator.
A python application to filter companies with rating > 4★ on Glassdoor. My python app scraped all the companies on the website, browsing through different pages, and making a list/ array of company names. Then, it would query Glassdoor and webscrape that too, showing only the companies that have a rating of more than 4. I write this in 2018, after realising many companies at some careers fair were hiring because they had very high turnover, and a very low glassdoor rating, suggesting their team had left them for better avenues 🤔. Should I be putting this here?