If you're hearing about it for the first time, Antreminder is a free web app I created for students (currently for UCI). They can add courses to their 'reminders,' and they will get notified whenever a course status is attained. I have created an image to help you visualize how it works.
Over the summer, I wanted to add a bioinformatics class but the class's status was 'FULL' even though it was half empty. I had to login over and over again just to check if the class was open. You can see why this is a big problem.
No programmer likes doing the same task over and over again especially if it can be easily automated.
So, Antreminder was born out of frustration. I created it over the summer and added some finishing touches this fall. I didn't think it'll take as long, but at the same time, about half of the technologies I used were new to me, so it was expected.
If there are any UCI students reading this, yes, the title, 'Antreminder', was inspired by 'antplanner' - a tool I use very often. You should, too.
Another reason it took so long was because I created 3 versions of Antreminder. 2 different web apps, and a mobile app version. Obviously, I'm only releasing the version I chose to focus on and finish. The thought process behind the decision, technologies, and approach won't be covered in this post. If there are any interests, I will create another post that'll explain (in more detail) how I started, progressed, and was able to release a stable version of the app.
Anyway, it wasn't a trivial task even though the app itself is really simple. I had a full-time internship over the summer, so I only worked on it after work (and on
some most weekends). Also, I'm not a Web designer. I had never really thought about creating Web Apps prior to Antreminder, but it feels great to be able to add something nice and more user-friendly to my portfolio. Antreminder is fully functional, you can head over to antreminder.csthings.net and create a free account. It's currently in BETA so please try to break it. I'll be happy if you do as long as you let me know how you did it.
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