I just finished Phase 2 of Dev Bootcamp! It’s crazy how much I learned in the past 6 weeks. Git, Ruby, Sinatra, Javascript, AJAX, OAuth… all these terms were foreign to much just a few months ago.

I’m just writing here to share a simple Sinatra app that I built for my personal project during Phase 2.

“Nearby Meetups” started out as a fun project that would help me solidify EVERYTHING that I’ve learned during my first 6 weeks of DBC as well as learning more technologies.

I like Meetup.com, but the user interface didn’t appeal to me, so I rarely used it. I like to see things visually – where the events are located, how popular they are, when they are taking place, etc. – all at one glance.

Enter “Nearby Meetups” (www.nearbymeetups.com), a web app that utilizes the data from Meetup.com and visually displays them in a way that I would like them to. This was originally just a project that I did to solidify my learning, but after presenting it to everyone at DBC, I’ve received a lot of positive feedback and request to open it up to the public so that they can use it, too.

I am open to all kinds of feedback, issues, suggestions, and feature requests – anything that will help improve this app and make it easier for you to use.

Anyway, I’m ready to go onto Phase 3 and finally learn Rails on my last few weeks here!