Updated: July 27, 2015
Build a Matchmaker (updated & expanded)
Computers are great for finding common interests between people. You will learn how to build your own website that matches people based off interests and questionnaires. We'll implement a subscription model (SaaS) on this one.
This is how billion dollar sites like Match and OkCupid were built...this one is adapting the same idea to a job site, it could be the start for your own recruiting empire.
Create a Geolocator (It's Happy Hour Time)
Build a web-based app to help find local restaurant happy hours for food/drinks. We will build a geo-locating service using Foursquare's API/Data and Google Maps.
Hint: you could use the landing page created in step 1 ascertain interest in an app like that this to test whether or not this in itself could be a business.
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We setup new apps here. We also add Media Root, Static Root, Static Dirs, and Template Dirs files to the local_mini.py settings file
Introduction to Formsets and how you can use them in editing your profile
Add tab navigation to editing profile section
Update profile detail within your database -- ie, save the information.
Update the Navbar.
Add the Question app to start understanding users more.
Turn answers into a form with radio buttons. Save those answers.
Add pagination to questions page.
Allow users to give an importance level for each question.
Assign point values to a user's answer to questions. Add "match answer " model for creating a preferred choice.
Implement the matching function to have match % for users. Check Lecture Documentation for the code you will be "copying" into your project. A longer video is available to further explain what is going on.
More details about the matching algorithm. Video to be revised
Add a match app with a new concept: model managers.
Display suggested jobs based off of your matches.
improve job suggestions based off match percentage.
Update your template files to have better linking
Add a model to save job suggestions from matches.
Update links and default pictures for users.
An Introduction to Stripe's Subscriptions.
Add the Subscribe Template and Setup the initial part of the views for subscribe.
Using Jquery for Automatic Scrolling to content.
Improve the JQuery Scroll and Function.
Add a Stripe Payment Form and use JQuery to select which plan automatically.
How do you continously check that someone is an active member? use Django's middleware.
Use Built-In Django Signals to Create Stripe IDs on User Login.
Let's start building an internal messaging system.
Create the Views to see the Messages.
Compose a Direct Message within a View.
Turn a list of messages into messages have their own single message.
Improve the Inbox Layout
Add the ability to reply to direct messages.
Clean up the Reply
Update the inbox when you read Direct Messages.
Add stripe information to charge the customer.
Add "read" indication for when matches are looked at/seen.
Introduction to the Foursquare api.
Get menu items with the Locu.com API
Using the geopy library, we automatically find latitude and longitute of areas based on input data.
Start GeoLocator Django Project and do initial setup.
Implement the Locu API to have form search it within the Django project.
Implement the Foursquare API and Geopy to have a form search it within the Django project.
Create the Location App and Update urls file.
Add Twitter Bootstrap to your Project
Get Location details on each page using the Locu API.
setup location details with foursquare.
Using Jquery to append the user's location to within the search form.
Update views to search based on User's Geolocation.
It all started with an idea. I wanted freedom... badly. Freedom from work, freedom from boredom, and, most of all, the freedom to choose. This simple idea grew to define me; it made me become an entrepreneur.
As I strived to gain freedom, overtime I realized that with everything that you do you can either (1) convince someone, somehow, to do it with you or (2) figure out how to do it yourself.
Due to a lack of financial resources (and probably the ability to convince people to do high quality work for free), I decided to learn. Then learn some more. Then some more. My path of learning website design started a long time ago. And yes, it was out of need not desire. I believed I needed a website for a company that I started. So I learned how to do it. The company died, my skills lived on... and got better and better.
It took me a while after learning web design (html/css) to actually start learning programming (web application, storing "data", user logins, etc). I tinkered with Wordpress, believing it could be a "user" site, but I was mistaken. Sure there are/were hacks for that, but they were hacks/work-arounds and simply not-what-wordpress-was-indended-to-be. Wordpress is for blogs/content. Plain and simple.
I wanted more. I had a web application idea that I thought would change the way restaurants hire their service staff. I tested it with my basic html/css skills, had great initial results, and found a technical (programmer) cofounder as a result. He was awesome. We were featured on CNN. Things looked great.
Until... cash-flow was a no-flow. Business? I think not. More like an avid hobby. We had the idea for a business just no business. Naturally, my partner had to find a means of income so I was left with the idea on its own.
Then, I tried Python. I was hooked. It was so easy. So simple. So elegant.
Then, I tried Django. Even more hooked. Made from python & made for web applications. It powers Instagram & Pinterest (two of the hottest web apps right now?).
Then, I tried Bootstrap. Simple and easy front-end design (html & css) that is super easy to use, mobile-ready, and overall... incredible.
Python, Django, and Bootstrap are truly changing the way the world builds web applications. I believe it's because of the simplicity to learn, the sheer power behind them, and, most of all, the plethora of resources to aid anyone in building their web projects (from packages to tutorials to q&a sites).
I relaunched my original venture with my new found skills. That wasn't enough. It didn't compel me as it once had. I started imagining all the possibilities of all the ideas I've always wanted to implement. Now I could. Which one to start with? There were so many good ideas...
Then another idea, a new & fresh idea, started brewing. I started to believe in the power of learning these skills. What would it mean if other non-technical entrepreneurs could learn? What would it mean if ideas were executed quickly, revenue models proven, all prior to approaching the highly sought-after programmers? What would it mean if entrepreneurs became coders?
And so. Coding for Entrepreneurs was born.
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