Tuesday, August 09, 2005

innovation week

A few months ago, I had a really kickass idea for a relatively simple web app that, I think, could make web surfing much better (yes, another one of those ideas). I worked on a proof of concept but, being close to a big release at work, I couldn't find the time to concentrate on work as well as a prototype.

With support from Management, I was able to spend all of last week (minus a few hours each day when I had to attend meetings) working from home on my prototype. It was great fun to stay up late with pizza, coke, and some good music and hack away; I haven't had that much fun coding in... well... a long long time.

On Sunday night, I slept at 10pm (because I was going to start rowing classes at 6am on Monday) but ended up waking up at 2am with a head full of code. The last time that happened to me was probably during OS class way back in 2001. I ended up coding from 2am - 5am, going to the rowing class at 5:30am (we ended up not starting until today so just went running), playing tennis from 8-9am, and then being at work all day. Just when I thought I was ready to pass out at home in the evening from exhaustion, I just had to bust out a few more features that were spinning around in my head.

The app is not ready to go live yet, but it's at the point where I was able to demo it off to a few people at work today (sans any browser crashes or error messages). It's the first time we've done an 'Innovation Week' at Amazon Bangalore. Working on something small and innovative gave me a badly needed recharge; back to 'real' work now.

I'm totally convinced that RoR is the way to go for frontend development. It's funny; Ruby on Rails made the webapp/db coding so trivial/nonexistent that 90% of my time was spent writing javascript. I've mostly been doing backend, server framework-type coding at work so I'm not exactly an authority on frontends. But the little jsp that I've been exposed to tells me that RoR is the way to go.

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