Projects are an essential part of the coding bootcamp experience. Throughout bootcamp, students work on a series of projects which together assemble a portfolio that represents the skills they’ve acquired. A strong portfolio of projects is a symbol of both pride in a student’s work, and also their technical capabilities.
We built Career Karma Projects to help talented bootcamp students share their work with others, receive feedback, and accelerate their job search. By using projects, bootcamp students and recent graduates can share their projects with a community of fellow students and employers who can support them in their journey.
Over the last few weeks, we have seen dozens of top projects submitted to Career Karma Projects, and we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of our best finds.
Starting this week, we are launching a Weekly Spotlight to feature the top projects by our community members. In our spotlight, we will feature short descriptions about top projects on Career Karma projects, as well as links to find out more about those projects.
This Week’s Top Projects
There are so many great projects that have been uploaded to Career Karma Projects over the last few weeks, and it was difficult to choose which ones to feature this week. Here are a few of the highlights we have found:
Chaya Deaver, a student at Flatiron School, built Rails Cafe Online Ordering. This project, which uses Rails and Sinatra, uses the Model View Controller (MVC) framework, which Chaya described as her “favorite section of the curriculum so far.”
This project allows anyone to view a cafe menu and details of the items on the cafe menu. In addition, viewers can create an account to add menu items to their carts. Deaver also built an administration panel accessible only to admins, which gives them full control over the menu on the platform.
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Inspired by Reddit, Lex Logan, a graduate of App Academy, built Cattit! Cattit! is a place where you can share your thoughts and feelings about cats with a community of other cat lovers.
After reading a list of project ideas for bootcamp students, Chuck Smith, a graduate of Flatiron School, decided to build a platform to browse through movies. React Movie Browser allows passionate film watchers to make informed choices about what to watch.
Smith’s project is a full-stack application built using React, Bootstrap, and Rails. This was also the first project Smith worked on using Redux.
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Oscar Mier, who has a strong background in math, has been writing code since he was fourteen-years-old. Recently, he has been attending coding bootcamp to develop professional skills in web development, his field of interest.
Stackbot is a bot that allows you to search for questions on Stack Overflow through Slack. The bot, which was written in Ruby, was inspired by his experience discussing coding problems in Slack. He often found himself citing Stack Overflow in Slack, and he wanted to make it easy to share Stack Overflow entries with his fellow developers.
Mitchell Reiss has been passionate about fitness for years, which inspired him to build a fitness-related project at coding bootcamp. At App Academy, Reiss built UpShift, a fitness tracker modelled after the Strava app.
Users of UpShift are able to create routes using Google Maps, track their workouts, and view their friends’ workouts. The UpShift platform was built using React and Redux, Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, and the Google Maps API.
Vangie Stice-Israel, who is attending CareerFoundry, has built SEEK. SEEK is a scavenger hunt application that uses three platforms to build a game.
Inspired by Geocatching, Stice-Israel designed the scavenger hunt application as part of her UX design course. Stice-Israel incorporated a wide range of design principles to decide what to include in her game and to design an aesthetically-pleasing and functional user experience.
That’s it for this week! Next week, we’ll have another list of top projects uploaded by coding bootcamp students and graduates to Career Karma Projects.
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Are you interested in being featured in next week’s digest? Upload your project to Career Karma Projects and, if it gains enough traction, it may be featured next week!
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