It's been a little more than 2 years since I first started working with
Ruby on Rails. At that time, I was out of work and looking to get
involved with development rather than infrastructure. Lo and behold,
the Ruby language and the Rails framework was something that held a lot
of interest to me. Being out of work at the time, I read several books
over a weeks time and started my first reborn project that culminated
from years of working with statistics for college football in a PHP
driven site. In 2 to 3 months, I had my first rails 2.x production site
going and it was a solid success.
Today I look back at what I accomplished and what I have built today and
would like to showcase both production sites that I now work solely on.
I am the sole developer, creator, administrator, and owner of these
sites and they were built with Ruby 1.9.2 and Rails 3.0.10.
Both sites use html5, no flash, jquery, jquery mobile, and some custom
components I built on my own. They are also fully integrated with
oauth and have applications built in facebook, twitter, and I'm now
working on a google plus variant. In addition, I built a zong api
framework to handle mobile phone payments and was pleasantly surprised
when paypal ended up purchasing them.
I didn't want to promote my sites (even though football season is right
around the corner), but I wanted to show others that if you have an
maintain drive, put effort into everything you do each day, you can
become successful. I now work as an infrastructure and systems
administrator for a high profile company on my normal time, and continue
to build my stats sites on my spare time. The sites I've built are
valued right now at about a quarter of a million dollars and continue to
grow. The total operating expenses are less than $5k per year for both
It doesn't take much to work on a successful project so long as you have
a tangible idea that is worth investing in. I'm hoping that in 3 to 5
years I'll be able to fully leave my job and work 100% on my sites,
competing with Accuscore who I've successfully beaten in straight
predictions going on 2 years now.
Take care and happy coding. I believe in ideas and success. I hope you