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.