PokerMans! is a web application to help manage and run your home poker game. The focus is to keep the app simple enough to allow first time players to quickly get started, and keep management of regular game easy as possible.
I play semi-regularly with my friends, and every time we have to keep track of, who bought in, re-bought, the blind levels, and the blind timers. That is not too hard to do, but then add a few hours of drinks to help the game play, and that becomes a lot more difficult. A quick google search revealed a few existing options, but using them, we discovered they were overly complex and meant for professional level tournaments, that or they are poorly maintained and updated for desktop apps.
Beyond making a great app for Poker games, it’s also a great opportunity to learn technology that I’ve been waiting to use. Technology such as:
This is also a chance for others to learn from my the process of building this app. I've benefited greatly from others sharing their own personal projects, and lessons they've learned. So I feel it's only fair to share this experience and teach others where I can.
With these goals, I decided to open source the project, making it available for anyone to view and use the code. People will be able to see the direct results, and the process of creating the app. They can also take the chance to join in and work with me. (I'm very open to others helping me out where they can!)
I will also keep a Developer’s Log of the project. Here I can keep a regular journal of the progress. Most updates will just documenting the development as it happens. While at significant milestones and releases, I’ll add retrospective updates. These entries, I’ll review my progress to extract out any lessons learned or anything else readers may find valuable.
Hopefully, I’ve piqued your interest and you’re convinced to follow my journey. Feel free to join in the discussion on the project at anytime, a friendly and welcoming chat is always encouraged!
Till next time,