The Merit gem can get you a long way towards gamifiying you application. If you are just getting started with Merit, checkout part one of this series. I found three specific areas of the Merit gem/documentation lacking: Notifications (via Observers, using callbacks instead of the DSL and working with Badges. I’m going to dive in a bit deeper to each of these areas.
With the upcoming University of Minnesota Campus Codefest, I had a need for a “backroom” chat and live event feed to increase day of event engagement. I had played around with a prototype, reinventing the comment and recent activity feed wheel, when another developer had a simple suggestion… Why not just use Slack? I dove in and had something deployed a few hours later.
The personal picture I have on the header for the website is being pulled from Facebook. The Graph API provides an easy means to linking to your current profile picture, so you can always have a fresh image on your personal website. It is as simple as using the following markup:
I first came across the Merit gem while I was working on Weather Clever, a Rails app. I wanted my user community to earn badges and gain points when they interacted with my application. Being a developer, I was sure I could roll my own solution but I decided to do some digging on what was already available. After a little research, found that Merit was the best options for this type of gamification in a Rails app.
I have commandeered my personal Github page in an attempt to start to document some random professional and personal thoughts. This is the first, which is an interesting place to be, perhaps only to myself. This plan is not likely to be wildly successful, but if it were, realize it came from a boring and humble beginning.