Nicolas Alpi, Web developer

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Holidays D-1, I'll Do My Homeworks for the Railsrumble

Haa, holidays are coming. I’ll be ending in North of France, enjoying Belgium beer, Nathalie’s grand parents fresh vegetables and … will be a bit disconnected. This will be the occasion for me to put some order in remaining/waiting projects.

But, as last year, I’ll compete at the RailsRumble this year. My app? PlanetToaster.

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So I’ll do my homeworks, and try to be organized for the DDay.

What if learned so far from last year is :


  • 48 Hours is not so long!

  • You need to prepare your timing as much as your application itself. This year I’ll try to come with a detailed schedule for every 30 minutes/1 Hours.

  • Prepare your assets. Prepare your icons (CC) prepare your wireframes for EVERY pages, even the so forgotten 404 / FAQ.

  • Don’t overestimate your capacity. During these 48 Hours, you’ll under pressure, and your brain will not work as fast as you want.

  • Register everything. Domain name / Emails / Twitter /

  • Only use gem that you know. It’s not the time to have trouble with something you’ve never played with (like myself last year and the Timezone broken in Rails …)

  • Do your tests, but not to much. This will be time consuming (at least for me flying solo).

  • Prepare your ring. Prepare your desk and computer, clean everything and just keep what you need for the rumble.

  • If, as me, you have pretty rubbish design capacities, try do go as simple as possible. If your app worth it, you’ll still be able to improve it later.

  • Commit early, commit often. This will help to keep trace when your brain will start to burn.

  • Sleep well, the 2 days before.

  • Enjoy it as much as possible. Even if we are all behind our screen, this is a fantastic opportunity to (virtually) meet new people. And there is a great satisfaction after the 48 Hours to see your works live.

So in a nutshell, prepare carefully your application development process, prepare your time schedule, prepare everything you can before the competitions.

I’ll be back from my holidays the 14 of August. Have a nice week!

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