I know, put the cone hat of shame on me.. I haven’t been updating my blogs as regularly as I should… So what excuse do I have?? … hmm… well the only one I can come up with at the moment is that I dont own an ergonomic keyboard…. yeah, thats it! No comfort, no bonus typing.
Actually on a more serious note I think it is more of more work focus and less documentation focus. This is the culprit of many programmers, as there is a ton of good code, but only good practice of documenting will make that code useful to others. I know this isn’t very applicable to blog posts, but I feel that it also is a tie to motivation, and also getting in the habit of explaining what I have been up to and working on is an analog of sorts to documentation. So tonight I have spent some time organizing and rearranging my other blogs, also I want to score some points back by saying that I have been doing a good job of getting into the habit of adding comments upon SVN commits, SOOoo THERE! 🙂
Alright, I’m sure all of my readers (none) are interested in what I have been working on. It has obviously NOT been the zombie application, and although I did want to turn that into a mature application, I really never had a scope or true vision for it, besides ‘just because’ and a fun challenge. I know I have fallen victim to that sort of abandonment before, before you start throwing rotten vegtables at me, I would like to explain my newest product.
Yes I used the word product, but service or web application works just as well. The only reason I am blogging about this is because technically the website is in ‘alpha’ stage and is live without a domain lock… The reason for this is because I partook in a forum game of sorts called the “Progress Accountability Thread” where you post a goal, and supposedly everybody else on that forum will hold you to what your goal is… sort of like a motivation community, they expect you to get done, and will criticize you if you don’t! I feel that my motivation was pretty stable before signing up to this thread, but in all honesty it did help me get started on working maybe two nights… which is enough for me to say that is a substantial amount of help.
So quit stalling, what is it? Well it’s a website called www.PalmTell.com. It is a website designed to build an online community of palm readers, and palm submitters. To help clear the water, let me explain:
- A person freely signs up and into my site.
- They then take a picture of the palm of their hand.
- Using my website, they upload the picture.
- Once uploaded they will submit the picture for anybody in the website community to try and ‘read’ what they think the palm ‘means’
- The original submitter will then go through and vote on what they think the most accurate palm reading is.
- They then have the option to give feedback to the winning palm reader.
Now the winning palm reader earns a point and the optional feedback… eventually the really good palm readers will rise to the top and have high scores. From there, they can choose to charge for their professional palm reading skills. Because of their high amount of positive feedback and high votes, the potential customer will be reassured that if they pay for a reading, it will be of some worth.
Now anybody that signs up to the website can both submit and read other peoples palms, depending on what you prefer to do, it is up to you!
So where does this website sit as far as progress, what does ‘alpha’ mean? Well, I am still working on some core features, them being a few security holes (nothing to get your account stolen, just to ensure data is entered fairly), and a few more of the core functionality. These core items include: webcam support, as so it is much easier to submit pictures; user profile information, so people can view other peoples score and informaiton; and leader boards, so people can see who ranks higher as far as readers go. Honestly the leader board thing was added just now.. but it is a very important aspect that will have to be added eventually.
I have just reposted on the “Progress Accountability Thread” that I would have leader boards, webcam, and user profile pages by the end of this weekend. A fairly big push.. but I think I can manage. This does not mean beta, but instead it means one step closer to beta! Beta will come when I think the aesthetics are bearable, and I have all core features implemented, AND all of my known security holes patched. At that point beta will be declared and I will drop the link on facebook and start pushing it to be used by friends and family 🙂 … potential marketing too.. can’t forget the marketing!
One last note to keep in mind.. If there are actually any human readers to my site, that HAVE made it this far down with reading my huge blog post AND are actually willing to try my PalmTell site… Please keep in mind that durring the alpha stage, user account information will be subject to corruption or disappearing. There is still a bit of active database work that is happening behind the scenes.. and sometimes it is easier to just upload a new DB from scratch than try to convert the current database. Although I am working and shifting this practice to instead force myself to deal with live work (to prep for the future) sometimes it is inevitable. Don’t worry too much. If I do see user sign-ups I will most likely do everything in my power to preserve them accounts just because users are very exciting, and I don’t want to discourage anybody from coming back! 🙂
Ok, not to focus on more HTML, PHP, and MySQL
Update hopefully soon!
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