I am in the middle of planning to write a book around a rails-like web framework/technology, and I was wondering what would be the best example, for you, for mastering this kind of tech.
- A twitter clone ?
- A tumblr clone ?
- An amazon clone ?
This is kind of a poll, but I am new to HN and couldn't see how I could do that.
Thanks in advance
* I can use the frameworks "partial views", header, footer, sidebar.
* I can see how file uploads work (let users upload avatars).
* I can see what forms helper the frameworks have "create product" form.
* I can see how the framework facilitates forms validation.
* Search - I can see what ficilities the framework gives me in filtering rows from the database.
Once I'm done with this simple app, it takes me around a day, I can confidently say I can work on actual products.
1) A blog/to-do/HN clone as introduction.
2) Any social application that involves signup/login/user management/profiles/roles/authorizations/connection/communication etc.
3) An e-commerce application - May be a shopping cart.
4) REST API with OAuth2 support(as oAuth provider not just consumer)
For example, this site does the same thing for a number of JS frameworks: https://github.com/addyosmani/todomvc
For something more complex, you could try to simulate a mail client (mail user agent). You probably don't need to make it fully functional, just simulate the email layer. If you do this, you are just obeying Zawinski's Law! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Zawinski#Zawinski.27s_law...)
See what UkiJS does here for a browser example: http://ukijs.org/mail/index.html
In general, check out RosettaCode to see how to do the same thing in different languages.
Simulating a mail client would be good too, except that it is more suited for people wanting to build web apps. My book is for people who want to build web sites.
Thanks for the ideas.