* I spent the last half of 2018, mostly working in Voice, expect to see some cool things on this page in 2019!
Tiger-hunt was a full overhaul of a site that had not been updated since the early 2000’s. I had to make considerations for the clients specific user base (non-technical individuals, generally past mid-life, who are not used to working with computers). Additionally, the client had a very specific vision for the site. I was able to overhaul the entire site and meet and exceed the client expectations. They have been quite pleased with the results from their store as well. Site built using WordPress and I used Ecwid to host the store. And no, it’s not about hunting tigers… curly maple is a type of wood, also known as tiger maple. The client makes antique rifle stocks, walking sticks, and native american war club replicas, using curly maple.
Here is a sample of the previous site:
My original design was pretty bad, kept the pictures posted here to illustrate the changes I incorporated using Bootstrap.
Store Ratings was an app I developed for Advance Auto Parts. It made it substantially easier for district managers to collect social media data on their stores. They no longer have need for the data it collected, and the site has since been removed.
District Managers (DM’s) reported weekly social media (Facebook, Google, and Yelp) ratings of their stores to their regional supervisors. DM’s typically oversaw 12 – 16 stores, which translated to 36 – 48 social media queries a week per DM or over 1,000 queries in a region. Not all district managers are as efficient as others at obtaining this data as DM’s have widely different technological skills.
This tool allowed for easy and rapid collection of the ratings of all stores in the region and sorted that data by district. It displayed the district average. It was compatible with older browsers as Advance stores used older versions of Internet Explorer. It was created using the JAM stack and was hosted through Netlify and takes heavy advantage of Netlify Functions, which meant it is lightning fast and incredibly secure.
At peak, this tool was serving 300 stores through nearly 25 DM’s.
talkE is a prototype chat application written in AngularJS, utilizing Google Firebase for the database, and featuring a fun and simple 80’s retro theme.
Because it is a live chat program you’ll need to use the following password (include both sets of brackets) to log in
This is pretty old by now. But since it was one of my first projects, I decided to keep it up. Plus, even though it’s absurdly ugly, I love the color scheme. The goal of talkE was to create a chat client that used three-way binding, which is something I was unfamiliar with. Fortunately, Angular makes this incredibly intuitive. Unfortunately, Angular isn’t the easiest framework to work with.
To be honest, I really disliked Angular at the start. The more I used it, the more I realized the power of Angular in developing a SPA. The two-way binding alone, is an amazing feature. I also believe that modularity is a big part of the future for technology. Angular works very well when built modularly, and that feature is something I hope that I can better learn to use in all future projects.