ScoutMailer is a web based application designed to help scout camps, councils, troops and venture crews manage their e-mail mailing lists. As much as I would like to take complete credit for this one I have to tip my hat to the folks over at Campaign Monitor for creating a kick ass product. I think I might have set a record for bringing a “new product” to market. All I had to do was design a promo site, customize the look of my Campaign Monitor account with the logo and that was it. Just like that I have a new product in my arsenal and one that I can integrate with my other programs (BadgeTracker & Sign-Up-Sheet.com) sometime in the future.
You can read my review of Campaign Monitor here on my blog. If you are interested in offering an e-mail marketing app to your customers, Campaign Monitor has some great resources to get you started. More information can be found about ScoutMailer by visiting scoutmailer.com.
BadgeTracker is a web based application focused on summer camps. The program allows camps to handle activity scheduling, camper registration, communication and more all online. After a number of builds and rebuilds I finally settled on a model, view, controller (MVC) architecture using the CodeIgniter (CI) framework and MySQL as a back-end.
This product was sold in 2010.
I had a problem, I was resigning as volunteer web master for a group I was a part of and I knew they wouldn’t be able to handle event sign-up’s online after I left. So, armed with this challenge, I set out to build a super simple web app that would allow them to create web based sign-up forms for whatever. The result was sign-up-sheet.com, a free hosted web app that allows anyone to post online sign-up forms for anything. The program provides a number of features including:
- Password protected sign-ups for private events.
- Customizable sheet addresses (http://sheet_name.sign-up-sheet.com).
- Automatic posting and unposting of sheets based on dates and times set to start and stop registration.
- And more…
This program was developed using CodeIgniter with a MySQL back-end.
This project was taken offline in 2011.
Left of Center Communications
Arguably the biggest project of them all… Left of Center Communications (LOCC). LOCC isn’t so much a project as it is a business. I started LOCC in 2006 as part of an internship I was required to complete in college and it sort of stuck with me throughout the years. Started out, as many do, competing for custom design and development projects in my local small business market. After realizing that “small business” was not a niche I decided that programming was my passion and began focusing on applications. BadgeTracker came first followed a year to two later by Sign-Up-Sheet.com. Since then I have bounced from odd project to odd project in my spare time.
While the website has been taken offline, the business still exists. Just taking a bit of a break from the side business stuff.