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What Should I Make Next? Quick Project Ideas

Claire Muller on August 25, 2019

Ever since I finished up at the Flatiron School at the end of May, I've been trying to come up with a cool, new project idea. But here I am, almost... [Read Full]
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Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, make a simple site that has some functionality

You could do that. But, is there some app that you would find useful? Or maybe you use some app, but it's not 100% fullfilling your needs.

In my experience, ppl who work on projects that put value into their lives have more motivation to push though issues they might encounter and actually get something done.

Things I've seen are like:

  • A web scraper (you did mention that), but scraps various public transit sites for info to help their own commute.
  • Simplified personal finance app (more than one person I know has done that, including myself!)
  • A site to manage bets by a group of friends on sport events (Superbowl).

"TODO apps" are ok to learn, but are boring to work on 😑. They have become so ubiquitous on portfolios that many interviewers don't like seeing them either...

Another thing for about working on something you might personally use is that it really makes you think and struggle about how to use a particular framework/language to solve a real problem. With toy apps, you can modify the requirements to 'get around' difficulties you might encounter.

That's my $0.02 it works for some, but everyone is different.

 

I'll parrot the above as well! The projects I was engrossed in the most and felt the most motivation toward the last year have been ones that directly give something back to me. Budgeting app, notifications platform for Laravel, and now a crowdsourced site about construction.

Scratching your own itch always helps!

 

crowdsourced site about construction

What's that?

It's basically scratching an itch I've had for an online map showing what's being built around my area. I usually see something going up and do some quick research about what's under construction, so I figured other people might want the same information or be able to contribute to it as well!

If you want a (super) simple basic video about it, I've been posting some updates on my Twitter: twitter.com/aschmelyun/status/1164...

 

I think a TODO app could be pretty satisfying to work on, if you add extended features to it, for example:

  • Real-time synchronization between active devices
  • Offline/online support
  • Check which is the latest version of a todo & update all devices accordingly - in case of a todo is updated in offline mode and the device goes online.

Or maybe only I enjoy it.

 

hey,
That's a pretty cool todo idea...also, I totally didn't mean to speak down on TODO :)

Your idea is pretty cool though, I'd enjoy trying that out. But really, even if you enjoy the normal todo, thats cool too.

 

Why do you feel like you have to work on something?

 

Interesting question... because I'm looking for a job and want employers to see that I'm keeping my skills sharp.

 

I think it's a very unfortunate side effect of this job market that this is what you feel that you have to do, assuming that you're only doing it because of external motivators and not internal ones.

There are a lot of things wrong with the job market, but I don't see how working on side projects is one of them. Writing code is what I would be doing on the job, I think it's important that employers see what I can do! I also enjoy it, it's fun to whip up a little project.

There's nothing wrong with writing code. That's not what I meant. And if you enjoy it then that's good; I was only referring to doing it solely because of the pressure to stand out.

 

Look at a few things you have automated for your self. It could be a bash script that does reminders, or some other script that would convert data into a different format etc Ask the community if that is going to be something we would use, if yes you can start with doing a quick proto and share it with us :D and you have got something built and released to an audience.

 

Uk gov site has loads of apis from traffic to timetables, ti's could be interesting even if for a personal site.

Also work on similar things you have done. Recently I was fixing a website that was so convulted, it was basically uploading a image to firebase and downloading then to a admin panel!

It took way longer than needed and if I fixed something in one place it broke in another, anyway yesterday I was building my own personal site and felt like I wanted to do have some analytics to help show what my clients are searching for and any things they couldn't find.

To cut a long story short I interacted with firebase more than 3 times what his did and implemented it in about a hour without any thinking of design it was all freestyle, not the best practice but still!!

So now in my spare time I'm going to refractor this horrible code from before and do it better not for his benefit but for my own!

Soz for the long ass reply 😂

 

I think a GREAT project would be to create a personal PWA for an independent consultant or small biz.
Key Features: User auth, scheduling (calendar or contact form), database, admin console, payment.

so many features to implement that it'll be a great exhibition of skills and how it's implemented...
This could be super basic with just an about page and a contact form. or super advanced...
could be a static one-pager or use global state...

 

Mariah Carey music videos please 🙏🏻

 

Thanks, I'll get building right away

 

Cool! Also, I think a Dev clone would be great, to strengthen CSS and play with Ruby/JavaScript.

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