Blind Saturday: a blind dating app
I launched a blind dating app which didn't take off. Learning Rails and writing Python made me appreciate the frontend ecosystem a lot more.
I launched a blind dating app on Reddit. Turns out people don't want to go blind dates - especially girls. But I got great feedback on my post so I'm super happy.
I keep making the same mistake of launching something without figuring out if the product even solves a problem or not. I flat out assumed that people want to go on blind dates and didn't even validate this assumption before building the app.
When I first got the idea, I thought that this is going to be the next big thing and thought I should make this in Rails after reading it's praises.
I didn't know Rails so I started learning it.
Thoughts on Ruby on Rails
- Ruby syntax is beautiful
- Rails does too much magic to get started
- Implementing authentication in Rails is trivial
- Deploying a Rails app sucks
- Fly.io is terrible
I got frustrated with the Rails experience and began building the app using tools I already knew: Supabase and Next.js. I was able to get all the basic functionality working within 2 hours.
I love MDN
I have been writing Python at work for the past 2 weeks. It has made me appreciate MDN so much. MDN contributors deserve a ton of credit for providing such a wonderful resource for developers.
This was the second marketplace app that I made, the first one being Visits. I don't know what my next project will be, but it won't be a marketplace app.