Demo Day and my experience architecting my first app
Wow, where do I begin? I am happy to say that I have completed the 4 months of craziness that was the Iron Yard program. It is so impressive how far the cohort has come. We went from for the most part nobody knowing much of anything to building out full-fledged applications that solve some pretty fun problems. My application, for instance, was to help me spend less time on my fantasy football team. I had a blast building it and you can find it here http://whodoipick.azurewebsites.net/.
Demo day was a rewarding experience. The last demo day helped me to make up my mind to join cohort 8 “The Ocho” and this one was just as awesome. The overwhelming support from the folks in the community just helps to reinforce that I made the right decision. The most tiring part of the day was the wait in between getting my space set up and the beginning of demo day. It’s sad that this was the last day for the current Iron Yard. Hopefully, the incredible staff at the Iron Yard will be able to bring back immersive code education to the area sooner rather than later. However, until then there is a lot of blossoming talent wanting to use their skills to positively impact multiple companies in the area including myself.
So let me begin by talking about the process of building my application. First of all, it was harder than I thought to find a reliable API to grab and source data from. I was able to find data from https://www.fantasyfootballnerd.com/fantasy-football-api. The information it provided wasn’t 100 percent accurate but at least it provided player names, positions and the teams the player played for. I then wanted to get information based on players points per game and overall stats on the season. However, I found out the NFL.com and ESPN don’t support developers any longer. I’m not sure what the reasoning is but it created a bit of a hurdle to get over. I wanted to make it so the user didn’t have to do as much legwork to import their own team.