Same as last year, I organized an Hackday at my current company. Luckily, we could spend this year together in the office, and not seperated throughout the state. Because of this opportunity, it was possible to order Pizza together — probably the most important part of every Hackday.
But even if it was possible to be closer together than last year, only one team was formed to build something. All others built something on their own. Nevertheless, I think we all did an amazing job. Each individual project was simply awesome. And because of this, I thought it would make sense to share our projects in this post. So… let’s go.
Live Visualising Web App
This Web App uses a physics engine to display different live events from our ioki platform. Different event types are represented with different emojis.
AppVersions Slack Slash Command
Some time ago, I built a Web App called AppVersions. It is open source and can be found at GitHub. At work, we use this app to track the different versions of our White-Label-Apps (WLA) we build.
This works pretty well, but maintaining it is a pain. Every time we create or remove a WLA, we have to update the URL.
To make our lives easier, I build a Slack Slash Command. It opens up the possibility for everyone in our company Slack workspace, to add and remove one or multiple WLA from a database, which will be used to generate an URL to the original AppVersions project.
Release Dates Reminder Slack Bot
Every two weeks our Head of Mobile Development sends us via Slack, an overview of the release dates of our WLA. Unfortunately, those messages were “falling down” pretty fast, and finding them, especially reminding ourselves about release dates, is pretty hard.
One of our colleague took the opportunity and built a Slack Bot that handles those release dates. The Bot can do the following things:
- Save release dates together with a text
- Remove release dates
- Print out a list of all current release dates
- And the most important one: Inform users on a certain date that a certain app needs to be released soon.
Unfortunately the most important feature is yet to be added 😅. But I can’t wait for the author to finish this, and for one of our Slack Admins to install it!
Smoother Animations In Our iOS App
In our apps, you can search for an origin and destination place on a map. Imagine the following screen: You have a textfield in the app, when the user clicks on it, the app opens another screen where they can do the search within another textfield.
Currently, the view animation (from the textfield-screen to the search-screen) is very basic. The user clicks, and then the new screen opens.
One iOS Developer tried to add a smooth animation to it. The idea was, that the textfield on the textfield-screen, should look like it moves to the position and transforms to the textfield in the search-screen.
Improve Image Handling In Our iOS App
Handling a lot of WLA whilst maintaining a light and dark mode produces a lot of PDF files in the iOS codebase.
Right now, we have two images with a different tint for each respective mode, one for light mode and one for dark mode.
The idea here was to try out PaintCode to generate source code from an image to reuse it for both modes. We only had to “inject” the correct tint color (differs from light and dark mode of course) at runtime and we are done. We would then end up with only one Swift file which generates the image at runtime for both modes. Thus reducing the need to deal with multiple PDF files.
Pull Request Review Reminder
We have a problem in our team. Sometimes it just takes too long until someone else reviews your open pull request. This is made even more difficulty by having a policy that a pull request needs at least two approved reviews before merging it.
Sometimes, authors of a PR can end waiting up to one and a half week until they gets their first code reviewed. Which is obviously not a good thing.
The idea is that this tool may help us to realize a bit better that we should be more attentive for open pull requests instead of taking the next ticket.
Better Loading Screens In Our Apps
You know how it works, sometimes you don’t have the time to improve existing features or special screens in an already working project.
One of our designers decided to spend time on the Hackday to do this, at least from the design side. She had different (random) ideas to improve a type of “special” loading screen in our apps.
I personally hope that we can decide soon on a new design, so that we can implement it, as they look nothing short of awesome.
What do you think? Didn’t we do an amazing job?
In case you organize or attend an Hackday, feel free to use one of our ideas 😉.