A work in progress

When I declared 2012 as my year for getting excited and making stuff, I wasn’t joking, it seems. I’ve been working on a super-secret web project with @Suitedlibrarian and it’s nearly at the point we’re calling “milestone one”. That’s when we’ll start having an informal beta test amongst friends and family, squash the inevitable bugs and start drawing up a secondary list of features to implement.

What I’ve really enjoyed so far about this project is doing the whole thing myself and getting to play at being a “full stack web developer” — taking charge of everything from tweaking DNS entries, designing the database, writing the server-side code and making a swishy-but-functional UI. And as soon as milestone one launches, I’m ordering this nerd badge for myself and this one for Suited.

We’re hosting it with NearlyFreeSpeach.net, who are just brilliant, and I’m glad they offer no hand-holding. From their FAQ:

Is your service easy to use?

No. […] Our service is arcane and complex. We consider this a positive.

Our service is designed for people who are comfortable with Unix-based web hosting, including manipulating MySQL and files using command line tools. To get good results for nontrivial sites, our members need to understand how Unix file permissions and ownership work, and how they apply in a secure web hosting environment.

Doesn’t that sound perfect! It’s a great feeling to be able to point to a thing – a real thing – and be able to say, “I made that!”.

Best of all, we have so many ideas for new features and promotional ideas and ways to grow, some of which I only have the vaguest of ideas how to implement. I’m going to have to do some research, and I’m really looking forward to that: learning something new and putting it into practical use.

Now I can’t wait to throw back the curtains and show you guys — I best get back to work…

  2 comments for “A work in progress

  1. January 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    So proud of you both!

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