Salesforce App Building Day!


I love developing, I love designing, but most of all I love product design. Ever since I attended The Iron Yard, I always knew that my next step would be app-design. I mean, even on my everyday life {you can probably relate} I use my phone for pretty much everything.

My current job wants me to build them a customer-facing app, I’m a long way from being able to do that code-wise,  but when I read that Girl Develop It RDU was offering an intro class for app development with Salesforce, I knew I had to jump in. We use Salesforce at work for email marketing, so, I’m pretty well-versed in email design with the product, however, I also know that there are so many more services we could be taking advantage of!

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The class was held at Pendo’s location, which is a beautiful office in Downtown Raleigh, I was totally yelly when I saw their comfy desks, and awesome cranberry-modern pink accent colors. But most of all, I fell IN LOVE with their Dino!

What I walked away from this class was that, creating a customer-facing app is a little bit closer to me than I anticipated with this system so long I’m ok with not coding it {but, if you knew me, you would know that I would do it for a project I’m in a crunch to finish, but I would not be ok with it, and I would make it a point to hack the heck out of it}. If you are unfamiliar with Salesforce, you should check it out, I’m very interested in learning some more, this was an excellent class!

Final Project: Bike MD

Phew, how long has it been? So many projects, meetups, workshops, job fairs, interviews, rejections, offers, events, friendships, new connections, new technologies since then!

For my Iron Yard final project, I was paired with two really cool guys, one was a fellow UI design student, one was a python student. We created Bike MD. A motorcycle troubleshooting community.

For this project, since we only had 2.5 weeks, we decided to divide and conquer, we all had our strengths, so my UI friend took over most of the front-end coding, the python student took over the back-end, I took over the design direction and then moved to the second seat for front-end coding.

This project helped me dive into the user experience and the importance of testing. We created several user stories that helped us determine the needs of the project and we managed to tackle them beautifully in the end. Below you will see some of our user stories and the process:

Working with these two guys was amazing, we really made a great team, I managed to experience the music of Prince for the first time {don’t judge, I’m not from the US nor did I grow up in English speaking countries!} which turned into our anthem. We really pulled together day and night, pushed through and made a killer presentation and I’m super proud of it!