We’ve gotten so much done today! Nate just finished the logo. Chris dove into the Ebay API and came back up with a very useful script to grab the data we need. We might have a functional prototype in the near future!
16 hours in!
We have our Craigslist scraper up and running! Things are moving a little faster than expected.
It’s a simple php script that scrapes the XML data from Craigslist and stores it on our server. This lets us get around the crossdomain policy that would otherwise prevent us from using AJAX to get at this data.
Nate’s been working on the logo, and likes what he has so far.
RIT48 is coming along fantastically well! We at Team Live Badass have our app idea. It’ll use eBay’s API combined with Craigslist’s RSS functionality to display items you can flip for a profit. We finished some mockups, did some market & legal research, and talked to potential customers. So far, the judges seem to like it. We’re ready to start the build!
RIT48 Liveblog – First Post!
RIT48 is a competition to plan, design, test, and implement a web startup in under 48 hours. I’m leading a team of 5 to create a gorgeous, user-friendly, awesome site.
Project Manager, Designer
Business, Idea man
I’ve been hard at work making a CSS reference website for my web development class. It’s looking great so far!
- Uses JSFiddle for code examples
- Tutorials with code snippets and examples
- Quizzes that tell you what you got wrong
We have a few more weeks to work on it, and I’ll be posting more as things change. Keep an eye out Friday for my liveblog of RIT48!
I spent this morning redesigning my main portfolio site! I tried extreme minimalism, and I think it turned out great. I’m excited to demo it for my co-op search. Check it out!
I recently moved to Amazon’s EC2 services for reliability and free-ness. Seems like everything’s up and running just fine. I had to do some workarounds to get the blog database set up, but it’s all here now!
Today, I felt like playing with CSS animation. JSFiddle is a great site that allows me to quickly test and debug code. Here, though, I used it to make a trippy, curvy pyramid thing.
The code is extremely simple, and in fact, really easy to play around with. If you want.
I’ve been really enjoying my third year at RIT! I recently finished up my first major project in my web development class, and I figured I’d share it.
I had to make a site focused on a place I enjoy. I had a hard time picking one place, so I looked at the project from a different perspective. I made a guide on local exploration.
I tend to have a pretty short attention span when it comes to reading large blocks of text. I chose to have most of the textual information presented in single sentences in the footer. This way, users can flick through the site quickly. I kind of picture it like a digital children’s book.
I chose a minimalist design with fullscreen, high-definition background pictures. I wanted to make it blatantly obvious that the content was the primary focus of the site. Combined with the fact that I couldn’t use jQuery or other libraries, the large images threatened to make the site unusably slow.
Navigation is pretty standard. I used an unordered list with an ‘active’ class that changes the size of the menu item when it’s active. I chose white text with a slight shadow to make the navigation items stand out even on a light background.
Users know where they are, it’s simple, and it works.
I went to Otakon 2013! My roommate and I dressed up as characters from Adventure Time. I was Marshall Lee, and she was Fiona. It was so much fun! the convention center in Baltimore was absolutely packed! Every inch of that convention center was filled with interesting people doing cosplays of their favorite cartoons, manga, or anime.
Otakon is a celebration of Japanese entertainment culture, and though I’ve never done anything like it before, I’d gladly attend again.