Swap the World

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Swap the World

A simple card-trading “swapsies” app

In May and June 2017, Sainsburys Supermarket teamed up with Lego to create a card-trading/collecting thing called “Create the World”. It was a brilliant tie in and for about 6 weeks, anyone with a young person who shopped there would be talking about it, and cards were traded in playgrounds across the country.

I saw loads of people arranging swapsies by posting what they had on Facebook and thought: “There must be a better way!”

I was learning Laravel at the time and saw an opportunity to hone my coding skills.

The timeframe for this was tiny, as the cards were only available for a very limited time, so I spent only a few hours on it, creating a highly-minimal product with very basic Bootstrap styling. But it got used! And proved that you can build simple, real-world, custom applications very fast using Laravel.

What was extraordinary was how quickly you can now buy a cheap domain, set up the app on cheap cloud hosting, enable free HTTPS, and then iterate and deploy changes. Amazing.

The cards no longer exist, but check my profile, or sign up and tinker with the app at https://swaptheworld.uk/

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