To gain experience working on an existing code base, I contributed to Recurse Faces, a flashcard application that helps members of the Recurse Center (RC) community learn the names and faces of their fellow batch mates.
The app was originally created in 2017 by Jason Owen, a talented software developer with whom I had the pleasure of meeting during our stints at RC. I added features to enhance the styling and functionality of the original app.
My primary contributions were:
- #40: Changing the CSS to make results stand out against the dark background
- #45: Linking correct guesses to the person’s RC Directory entry for more information
- #49: Showing batch information next to names (e.g. “S'19”) on correct guesses
- #54: Enabling easier imports for environment variables
The code is up on GitHub, and the app is also available online (RC authentication required). The GIF below shows a short demo of using the app, with the facial images and last names removed for privacy.