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I'm creating an entire web OS as my personal website for 2021

Hi to all!

About every 2 years I go to work to create an updated version of my website. Every time I try to focus on my skills and apply them to the project itself.

This year I found myself faced with the need to create a single site that would show all my skills in the web and 3D fields.

Creating a website capable of combining everything is a very difficult undertaking, above all because it could be too large or difficult to understand.

The solution? Create an entire web operating system, where the applications are personal projects and the images and/or links are related to the projects themselves.

This solution allows me not only to incorporate many different things in the same site but also to manage its contents in a more immediate and immersive way for the user.

So NICAOS was born, the first entirely online operating system! Created using Angular 9 with a stateless pattern in mind. All the stiles and assets are created by myself! At the moment it is still in its first steps, and it will never be comparable to a real operating system since it would take years to set it up.

Give it a look, and if you have any suggestions don't hesitate to share them!

Take a look here:

This is still a WIP obviously, the project will end by December 2020.

If you have any suggestions, or just want to know how I'm creating this web application, just let me know in the comments! 😎

Project repo: https://github.com/NicolaLC/nica-os
Live demo: http://nicolacastellani.devplaygrounds.org/

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Kirill Shestakov

This is amazing and inspiring. I can't even fathom how much mastery this requires, so, truly, bravo!

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Nicola

It's much easier than you think! When you know how to handle correctly frameworks like angular and use a stateless pattern you can create amazing web apps!

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Shafie Mukhre

This is so amazing project @Nicola!! Truly inspiring! Is it possible or recommended to built a web OS like this using React instead?

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Nicola

Yes, of course, Angular is handier for different reasons (router management, HTTP management, services injection, etc..) . But that doesn't mean than you can't do the same things with React, you need a little bit more of time to develop some things you don't have immediately with React itself.

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Nicola

PS. you can take a look to the project here: github.com/NicolaLC/nica-os

Feel free to clone it and try it!

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noku-lab

Checkout how Clubhouse app is built dats a good starting point

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Gift Egwuenu

Oh wow! This is amazing πŸ”₯

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Nicola

Thanks a lot! πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

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Sebastian Vargr

I remember doing this back in 2009 with jquery complete with a window and a extendable app system, file explorer, media player etc.

Much fun to build, I mainly ditched it because I realized I had no use for it.

Kinda makes me wonder how it easy it would be to build today with a modern stack. :)

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Mike Talbot ⭐

Wooo, that's just great. I love the idea of making frameworks and then getting every drop out of it.

Wish I'd been talking to you when I couldn't work out how Angular could do some of this stuff. Ended up on React which is fine, but you are clearly hitting some of my design requirements.

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Nicola

Hi Mike, first of all, thanks a lot.

I work with React and Angular, for big projects Angular is a must, React could be a big mess to handle large web apps.

When you want, just message me here on dev, I'll be happy to answer you! 😎

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Vitor Amaral

Looks awesome, is there a link for an interactive demo?

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Nicola

Yes of course, but its still a WIP so it will work only on desktop devices:

nicolacastellani.devplaygrounds.org/

If you get an error page try it in incognito mode because the domain is still fresh.

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Vitor Amaral • Edited

uau πŸš€ works like a charm. Thanks for sharing. Very smooth and very interactive looks and feels like a real OS. Keep it up! cheers

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Nicola

Thanks a lot that means to me! I'll try to optimize everything with ChangeDetection strategy and stateless development. I didn't try the app on old browsers and mobile to check the performances but I think this is one of the highest perf you can get with a web app!

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Vitor Amaral

I use lambdatest.com to test in different browsers (older one and different OS), they a good free tier you can test there. Hope it helps

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Nicola

That's pretty cool and useful! Maybe for this app is too much but for some enterprise applications I'm developing this could save a lot of time! Thanks a lot!

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Vitor Amaral

Hey Nicola, just found this jam poolside.fm/ is like 90s OS with summer vibe

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Kelvin Thompson

Hey that's pretty cool! I didn't know you were a 3D guy too! After a bit with Maya, I've come to prefer Blender and Sidefx Houdini. I like the coding aspect of Houdini, but Blender is getting sooo awesome! Neat!

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Nicola

Thanks Kelvin! I've used blender a couple of times but I'm more a developer than a 3d designer, also if I'd like to be πŸ˜‚

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Kelvin Thompson

You really should check out Sidefx's Houdini then! Oh the power for a dev! You can make it do virtually everything! And there's a free watermarked version. I think you would like it.

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Rohan Sawant

Hey! Nicola what a great read!! So much effort and love has gone into this! Loved it!

PS, I shared your Article on my Twitter, if you link your Twitter with dev.to you be automatically tagged when someone does that.

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Nicola

Thanks Rohan! I didn't use twitter so much but I'll give it a try!

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Vikram Kadiam

This is awesome ! I'm actually in middle of designing and building my own personal site (online interactive resume) and guess what ....I'm using Angular 9 as well ;)
Thanks for this inspiration and motivation to create awesome and cool stuff.
You should check this site - rleonardi.com/interactive-resume/ similar award winning interactive online resume by Leonardi.

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Nicola

Love that! I think interactive websites are the best way to show your skills and to give the user a different feeling.

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Christina Blakely

This is so cool, your skills are insane.

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Nicola

Thanks a lot Christina!

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Jake Varness

For being just a WIP, this is super neat!

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Nicola

Thanks, Jake! This is about a 3 full days work.

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Saksham Sneh Mandal

Just three days? And such a project? This is awesome...

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ankur agarwal

Crazy Tesla!

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Mike Roof

Awesome! FYI, the ships aren't showing up in Space Invaders for me in Firefox

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Nicola

There might be some issues with the projects because they are a showcase only, I'll check that anyway!

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maxdevjs

+1

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Tony Cletus • Edited

Dehm....πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯
This is so cool...😍

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Nikolay Tsanov

Amazing! Good job, Nicola!

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Nicola

Thanks Nikolay! Grazie!

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Richie Humphrey

This is great!!! Love it

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Will G

This is so amazing! Thank you for sharing this :D

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Nicola

Thanks a lot William!