So I had an idea on Saturday (2017/04/22) and I decided to go about it another way that I would normally do it, just do it.
I got some inspiration from Russell Westbrook breaking the record for most triple doubles with his statement “Why Not?”
If you are sick of reading blogs and watching training videos, hopefully this thread will give you some inspiration and real life guidance.
So this is a scratch your own itch product, it is something need all the time but there is no product out there that really fits the bill for me personally.
I will update this thread as I go, a live launch as you will
The product name/domain is: not just yet sorry lol
April 22nd Saturday
"Why not" kind of popped into my head - let’s make a MVP of this thing that I really want to build. I searched around for a name that I liked and registered the domain name.
So I have been working on this “long-term” SaaS app for about 1 year now on/off, so I have allot of experience will setting things up the way I want it. And but that I mean AUTOMATION. I can’t stand to repeat doing things over and over, so b/c of this I was able to get allot of done in a short period of time.
Here is what I did on saturday.
- find a good domain name/ app name that I like
- update the DNS to AWS
- setup the automation of my app’s dns, ec2 servers, database and filesystem.
- setup SSL on the domain
rails new xxx -T --database=postgresql
- fired off an email to rackspace to setup my domain and email
April 23rd Sunday
Today I wanted to get something live as soon as possible. I am a very visual person and once I see something live - no matter WHAT it is - it gets my creative juices going. I was able to get my deployment process setup on AWS to push code out to my server. This is a MVP, lean and mean as it gets so I really didn’t care that my default page was showing the usual rails home#index view content
Now that my app was somewhat setup, I did a git init and setup my git server and pushed my first commit.
I am not a stickler for this project just yet, so this is all spike coding with 0 tests!
April 24th Monday
So this is where I can’t really say what I did as it will expose the idea - and I am waiting to get a simple homepage designed / launch page before I will go into more details.
But my app is live, I setup the load balancer with the domain and it is up and running.
I got to ssh into my box and run some rake tasks/console just to make sure I can connect to the db if need be for one-off emergency tasks.
April 25th Tuesday
Today I wanted to get a skeleton structure of the admin section where users will log into. So I setup and account model and very basic authentication.
git merge feature/admin_skeleon
April 26th Wednesday
git checkout -b feature/themes
Started a new git branch to work on a custom theme engine. I was able to get allot done in a very short period of time once again b/c I have been mentally going over this for a few months prior .
I have a very rough prototype of it working locally, just going to start working the the admin piece so I can edit themes w/o having to push changes to the app.
I hope you guys enjoy this thread, I am pretty excited to publicly commit to this.
Sorry if this isn’t worded that nicely, I just though of this idea and fired it off
More to come…
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