The concept of building Lifestack fulfilled a personal desire of mine to see a personal list of products and services that help individuals power their lives. The idea to build Lifestack came around the time I was getting into coding seriously. I wanted a project to further learn about web development. I reached out to my college roommate, Andrew Westling, to see if he'd be interested in building the site from scratch. He said yes, and we were off. We used the Django framework and began with a blank repository to learn more about bottoms up product development.
Although the Lifestack site was never publicly launched, Andrew and I learned an immense amount of web development, both from a technical and product perspective. We eventually launched a rough MVP of the site, but failed to continue the development due to other personal commitments.
One of the biggest takeaways I had was the power of no- or low-code tools. Building a site from scratch was quite difficult. Most of the work was getting our repository set up, framework in place, and services connected before we could start to build out the site. Since the MVP was a very rough version of what I initially envisioned, I searched for a no-code site that would help me see a more complete MVP. I found Glide to be the easiestto work with. I created an MVP linked in the 'Visit Website' button below.
I still would like to see Lifestack built and hope the necessary low-code tools will be available soon. I enjoyed learning programing and product development through a hands-on project.