07 December 2012

Introducing BookFairy!

After five weeks of intensive learning and another five weeks of slaving away at Hackbright Academy, my app is up!

I made BookFairy, a site for library junkies like myself. BookFairy allows a user to upload an entire list of books in a .txt file and choose which branch of the San Francisco Public Library she or he prefers to visit, and the site returns a list of all the checked in books with their Goodreads ratings. You can try it out here: bookfairy.heroku.com

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I'm sorry it doesn't work for every library; it was super hard just to scrape the San Francisco Public Library and Goodreads pages because the HTML was so messy. Also, it will be slow until I work on some more things (maybe cacheing or threading).

I actually have a lot of ideas about what to work on next, but now I need to work on technical interview skills. Thank you for everyone's support! (Special props go to Christian, Charles, Julia, David, Kenneth, Joe/Joseph?, Michael, and other Hackbrighters.)


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If you speak techie and are curious, I used Python, Django, PyQuery (the library had no API and the Goodreads' API wasn't good enough and BeautifulSoup wasn't strong enough, so I had to scrape), fuzzywuzzy (to check correlation percentages), Heroku, etc.

I am a developer! I developed!

11 comments:

  1. You just let the computer do the work.

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  2. Also, I think that is really cool. Sunnyvale library is next, right?

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  3. Congrats!! I'm so impressed with how much progress you've made!! Remover sitting next to each other at Railsbridge a few months ago?? You're totally inspiring!!

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  4. I so wish I could do this. I'm fairly tech savvy, but know nothing about programming...reading about your experiences with this group makes me want to throw caution to the wind and just do it anyway.

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    1. Go for it! Yes, it is so hard to take a risk like that, but it is so worth it, and I think every single Hackbrighter thinks so.

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  5. Seriously impressed! It took me that long just to write a simple flash game.

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  6. Congrats sweetie!! I'm very proud of you =) Also, if there was a like button, I would totally click on it for Amy's first post.

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  7. Wahnsinn! Ich habe leider keine Ahnung von allem, was mit Computer zu tun hat und bin so beeindruckt von dem, was Du geschafft hast! Ich denke sehr oft an Dich! LG, Dani

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