My friend Alex and I have launched an early version of a project we’ve been working on called Idea Bacon. It is a website built using Ruby on Rails and hosted on AWS. The purpose of the website is to allow people to share ideas for new products and services that they may have in the back of their mind. A secondary purpose for the website is as a vehicle that allows us to learn new skills.
There are many project website I have worked on that just end up sitting on my hard drive and never see the light of day. Idea Bacon is one of the first Rails based websites that I have pushed out into the world for others to see and use. In doing so I have learned a bit about Capistrano, which I used for deployment.
I have also been learning lessons that come when people start to use what you’ve built. Suddenly the application contains real data that people expect will be there when they return. In development it has been common for me to take the eraser to sections I didn’t really like. This is still possible, but requires more thought on how to execute the changes.
So far the project has been really fun and educational. I expect to complete and publish some updates in the weeks to follow. Until then please check out what we’ve done and give us some feedback.