Topic: Kelli Builds Her First Real Rails Web App
Josh is going to yell at me because I owe him work, but in truth, I did all but a couple of hours of this last night when I couldn't get to his site to work on it.
I've been toying wiht rails off and on for a bit but never did anything too serious with it. The other day, I went to bill a bunch of clients and was going to use the online billing app I did in PHP a while back.... at least... I thought I'd finished it. It turned out that it was only halfway done.
I kind of really needed it, because I had a lot to manage and have a lot more coming up over the next few months. An online billing system would help a lot, even a simple one. So, I decided to start over with Rails and see if I could completely redo it in the amount of time it would have taken me to finish half-done PHP one.
Turns out that was very possible, even having to learn as I went.
Ok, I'm seriously hooked. Even though what I ended up building was very simple, i still learned a ton and ahd a lot of fun doing it. It all came together so well, too.
There is still more I want to do-- e-mail reminders, instant payment notification, better bill item management, but I just don't have time to do any of that right now. I really do need to devote my time to other things.
This is going to motivate me to hurry up and get those finished, though, so I can say goodbye to PHP for a while.
For anyone who's interested, here are some screenshots. These are from the admin perspective. The user view is very similar, but they don't get the yellow (admin) nav bar and can only log in to view their own bills and update their contact info/password.
Man, that was fun.