The Dev Diary: the freshest updates about to hit the app

Since I’m mostly coding solo over here, I’m going to be posting about what I do to get this product off the ground. This thread will chronicle the changes that I make to the application, no matter how small or minute. Most will be user-facing, and I’ll try to keep technicalities out to make reading easier.

Scroll all the way down for the latest posts

The Start

Here’s one for starters: I’ve added the latest forum posts to the app interface, and removed most of the journal buttons.

Here’s how it looks

I’ve been working on improving the admin tools for ingredient/product labelling. Data labelling is quite important for driving a lot of the analytics functionality that i want to build into the app.

For example, cross referencing ingredient labels would help identify ingredients that cannot be used together.

I’ve already completed half.

As I know the product/ingredient database has been an issue, i’ve been working on more tools to make adding them in faster (on my side). You should be able to see an improvement in the number of products/ingredients in the database soon.

I’ll post some stats on the database nearer to the end of the month

A new version has been released, with forum feed integration right in the home screen :ok_woman::confetti_ball:

A bug fix for the wrong link in the forum section header is on the way

As mentioned in the product review feature thread, the new main feature of this month has hit the app! :smiley:

The list of changes are:

  1. Saving of product reviews. Works for custom products.
  2. Simplification of test scheduling. I’ve done away with specific date scheduling, and product tests now use a simple start/end toggle. All of this is incorporated with a testing queue, so that you can queue different products for you to test.
  3. Temporary removal of photo comparison. This is in line with changes that I am making for merging the testing experience and the journaling experience together. More on this soon.
  4. Removal of “Sections” in routines. Now, a routine is simply a collection of steps to perform. As mentioned in the December update, I have done an automatic data migration for all routines. All routines with more than one section are now separated into two different routines.
  5. Cosmetic changes for whitelisting/blacklisting in the Laboratory tab.
  6. Removal of forced onboarding step to create routines. I think allowing users to explore and create their own routine is a better choice for getting a feel of what the application can do.
  7. Bug fixes for forum reply count display.

With the whole slew of changes done, I will be working on integrating the payment system into the webapp to turn this project sustainable.

Hey all, I hope everyone is doing well especially with the pandemic hanging over our heads. :hugs: I’m still busy integrating the payment system, and it has been a little bit more complicated than I had expected. It should be out within the next week or so.

In the payment update, I’ll also be clarifying the direction that the service will be taking, to make this a better and more value-added service for all users. Until then, stay safe and healthy!

I’m aware of the reviews shown under “Your Reviews” not being your own personal reviews. I’ll be including a patch for this in the next release :grin:.

Stay safe everyone!

I’ve rolled out a new version of the webapp.

Changes are as follows:

  1. Bugfix for reviews being accidentally exposed to all users.
  2. Removal of quick routine building. I’m planning on a drag-drop interface with a split-interface for product researching.
  3. Implementation of the payment system! Now we’re on track to making this project sustainable!

New changes have been rolled out:

  1. Email verification is now required for all accounts. This is to combat spammers.
  2. The UI has been reorganized to be more clear and focused. Search is now global, and all community features have been pushed to its own “Discover” tab.

Admittedly, the new UI is a little bit too white. I’ll add in some colour on the next update. :smile:

New updates are about! Most of the details are in the newsletter, but here is a summary of changes:

  1. Simplified home interface, for reviewing and blacklisting the products that you have tried. Check out the new table interface!
  2. Removed journaling features.
  3. Added some pink!
  4. Improved web crawling capabilities for discovering new products
  5. Updated pricing plans. We’re now priced at US$19/month. This will be for the long term foreseeable future.

Do refer to the newsletter for more details!

I’ve pushed out a few bug fixes, the app’s screen should not go blank anymore when searching for and clicking on a product.

I’ve been working on the ingredient list parsing problem, where I’m trying to extract the ingredients from a block of text without any human intervention. For example, converting the following:

Here is some ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Phenoxyethanol, Silica ...

Into:

Water, Phenoxyethanol, Silica

Such that I can then do lookups to find these ingredients within the database. Requiring people to type in ingredient list limits the accuracy and scale that I’ll be able to perform the risk scoring calculations. More to come soon :slight_smile: