Engineering Team Question #1
What is the coolest thing you have engineered on the MindSumo website?
Rohan Puranik: Will, Earl, Tim and Peter (our intern from last summer) have built some of the coolest features on MindSumo, not me! Building the core functionality of the site about a year or so ago over winter break was exciting. We wanted to launch a challenge with Recology right when Stanford students returned from winter break, so we had a very tight deadline. It was really exciting seeing the basic features of the site come together (it took a couple of weeks of feverish coding).
Will Chou: The coolest thing I built is the company dashboard, which provides a very visual way for company users to see all the activities happening on their challenges. It includes some very fancy graphs and charts. When we deployed it on our production server with all the real data, it looks amazing.
Earl St. Sauver: My favorite thing to build was actually the leaderboard for open challenges. I know that it seems like that’s kind of something you can just throw together, but really there’s actually a lot of design that has to go into something like that. If we were just scanning the entire database and counting the number of kudo’s that people had gotten every time it loaded it would bring our database to it’s knees. We actually ended up integrating a wonderful system that Twitter open-sourced called Twitter Active Reputation (http://ht.ly/hpjbc) that is really incredibly elegant for a lot of different things that we want to know about how user’s are doing.
Tim Mwangi: One of the coolest hacks, and one that I am proud of is how image compression is done when someone uploads an image. It took me several hours to come up with it but it uses some very nice tricks.