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Jul 11, 2019 06:47:11

The New 200 Words: Origin story

by @brianball PATRON | 233 words | 58🔥 | 369💌

Brian Ball

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He was awakened by the clang of the soup gal banging chopped chicken parts into a foamy broth on a hot Hanoi morning.

He looked around and saw the calm, completely knocked out presence of his partner as he scanned over to the desk with his laptop. The little light was breathing in response so he closed his eyes again as sweat dripped down to his ear.

"What am I doing? - I had a clear vision, I built a working product - - then.

It's the heat. It's got to be the heat. I want the users of 200words to feel a similarly thick oppression caused by this swelter. It's closing me in. My creativity is smashed to oblivion.

How could I create a user experience that sucks as bad as waking up with a sticky ballsack and the buzz of mosquitoes?

Hmmm.. what if…

What if I take the existing French-countryside, blue-sky sensation of open and abundant free-writing with a fresh breeze and lovely clouds floating by and smash it into a 1990s text editor that makes you feel like you're scribbling wrong-handed on the back of an inside-out cereal box as you're jolted along a bumpy path on the back of an ox-drawn wagon taking boxes of stinky-fuckin' chickens to market?

What if?

I'll try it.

-- Made in Hanoi with 😆

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    @brianball not a true story! :P

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 11, 2019 15:56:19
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      @basilesamel - can we handle the truth?

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 11, 2019 07:08:31
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      @brianball it's quite boring:

      - ported the writing editor from JQuery to React
      - everything seems to work fine in the dev env
      - release the code to prod
      - bugs appearing everywhere
      - there is something wrong with the way the editor library is built (it's a wrapper from a JQuery library bugging in specific yet important use cases)
      - try to fix them quickly by releasing a home-made editor from scratch with the intention to develop my own medium-like editor
      - it's ugly (lol), but temporary

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 11, 2019 18:04:24
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      @basilesamel -- hahah.. what would make it a fun adventure for all of us -- is if, as you're driving and taking these detours, you yell out -- "hang on folks -- this is going to get a little bumpy!"

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 11, 2019 09:13:56
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      @brianball yes that's the perfect analogy haha! Also it appears grammarly is not react friendly, which I didn't know. I'm receiving this kind of reality check every day, it never works as expected when I confront my code to the real world so I need to do some plumbing.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 11, 2019 18:21:58
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      @basilesamel - I'm here for the ride -- so keep at it!

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 11, 2019 09:26:14
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