During this Sprint, BRiDJ made a lot of progress on UniTrade and had a blast doing it!
We all attended a Hackathon hosted by the UT Journalism School at the Austin-American Statesman. One of our biggest achievements of the Hackathon was getting some use testing done. We had a friend of ours, Molly Stier, go through our app and let us know what we’re doing right and what we needed to change. We also scoped out a color scheme. Check out our individual blog posts for a recap of our experiences and our Hackathon accomplishments!
On the coding side, we were able to make our app do things! We implemented the core function of our app: creating a listing. Users can now tap on a “+” button and create a new listing for an item they’re selling. Once they enter all the data required, their listing gets sent to the server.
To display the listings in the app, we pull data from Parse (the service we’re using to host our data).
We cache the listings that the user has pulled before, to minimize the requests we make to the server and the amount of data the user’s device has to receive from the network. Basically, once you access a listing, the data gets stored locally on your device. We only pull the data again if changes have been made to the post. Users can tap on a listing to view the data entered by the the listing’s owner.
The process of listing goods and accessing other listings will be duplicated for housing listings. The first version of our app is almost done!
As for communications, we’ve gained some more followers on Twitter and likes on Facebook. Darice and Brittany have been working on generating content for Facebook and Twitter. One of the content plans they created was to pull Facebook posts from different UT buying and selling groups and highlighting the “worst” post of the week. We’ve also decided to start pushing our app to different Facebook groups for students.
For Twitter, we’re working on increasing our interaction and putting out some interesting tweets. We’ve also been planning promotional give-aways to generate a user base for our app, such as free t-shirts and pugs (our team has an obsession with pugs).
Things are looking good on both the technical and social ends. Onwards and upwards!