Reminders

Made with

  • React
  • JavaScript
  • SASS
  • Node.js
  • SQL

Reminders

screenshot of the reminders project

Why

screenshot of the reminders project

I'm using spaced repetition to learn Chinese, French and web dev with Anki. I want to apply the same concept to podcasts and YouTube videos where I periodically re-watch and re-listen to podcasts and videos I found meaningful.

Thought process

Design

I wanted to have a relatively small width to increase readability. So I added some padding to the form. In the remaining horizontal space, I added a linear gradient. Finally, I added a subtle SVG pattern from heropatterns.com

Data

The first part was figuring out what data I wanted to store. The first is the title of the video/podcast. Secondly, I wanted to store the last time I visited the link to implement spaced repetition.

Playing videos and podcasts

screenshot of the reminders project playing a podcast

Thirdly, it's pricey to store videos and podcasts, I decided on only storing URLs to the podcasts and videos. I had a wrapper component that combines a react-player module that played YouTube videos and a custom component that played the components

Keywords

screenshot of adding a keyword in the reminders project

Next, I have the keywords to categorize and index when searching. I used a react-dropdown-select npm module where which had the functionality of adding new items.

Taking notes

Finally, I decided on adding notes. This is to have different versions of myself making notes to get the most insight out of each item of media. I also use this section to write down specific times moments for longer videos/podcasts.

Initial back-end: GraphQL

As a prototype, I actually started off with a GraphQL backend with JSON as a datastore. I was working with Gatsby at the time and I wanted to understand more concretely why GraphQL was always praised. Here's my old abandoned GitHub repo. I decided to not continue using GraphQL because my app is a really simple CRUD app (only a few database calls) and connecting GraphQL, GraphQL Yoga and PostgreSQL ended up being a lot more complicated than I liked.

Final back-end

I stuck with the tried and true PostgreSQL, Node.js and Express. Here's the GitHub repo. I wanted to practice my fundamental SQL skills and focus on delivering the product rather than playing around with new tech (as fun as it is). The end product is a lot simpler because there are only a handful of API calls and no need to implement and maintain a GraphQL layer.

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