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Minimum Viable Product

Quack is a clone of Slack built on Rails and Backbone. Users can:

  • Create accounts
  • Create sessions (log in)
  • Create team sites
  • Create channels on team sites
  • Join channels on team sites
  • Create messages on channels
  • Read all messages on channel
  • Create & read private messages to other users
  • Invite others to join Team Site
  • OAuth - Google
  • Search for messages by text

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Implementation Timeline

Phase 1 (complete): User Authentication & Team Site Creation (~1 day)

I will implement user authentication in Rails based on the practices learned at App Academy. By the end of this phase, users will be able to log in & start or see their a team sites and create channels. The most important part of this phase will be pushing the app to Heroku and ensuring that everything works before moving on to phase 2.


Phase 2 (complete): Channel & Message Creation & Posting (3 days)

I will begin add API routes to serve JSON and begin building the app as a single page backbone application. The first step to be able to post messages and have messages belong to a channel or to a conversation between two people. By the end of this phase, users will be able to join or create channels and conversations and then post and read the messages that belong to those conversations.


Phase 3: Files and formatted messages (2 days)

In this phase I will use third party libraries to improve both the displaying and creation of messages. I will allow messages to be formatted by using a Markdown editor for my MessageForm and I will need to make sure Markdown is escaped in the MessageShow. I will also use Filepicker to be able to upload files to channels and conversations


Phase 4: Search for Messages (2 days)

In this phase I will need to add search routes to the Message controller. On the backbone side, there will be a SearchResults composite view that has MessageShow subview. This view will look similar to the channel composite view.


Phase 5: Scrolling (2 days)

In this phase, I will need to make the feed act the way Slack's feed does. Messages start at the bottom and work their way up. If there aren't enough messages, the feed is aligned to the bottom of the page. Also a scroll up should fetch more messages with pagination that the user doesn't notice.


Bonus Features

  • infinite scroll
  • OAuth in Facebook & Twitter
  • conversation show in a single SQL query rather than 4
  • searching fetches the context (the two messages before and after the message that contains the search phrase).
  • User avatars
  • Typeahead search bar
  • mentions can be made without using @ and searching for the username in text