1. Students’ React Native App Opens Channels Across the Globe

    “Imagine,” says recent graduate Charlie Harrington, “if you could see the sunset in Cairo, or what’s going on right now in the Red Square in Moscow.” This is the idea behind Wormie, a mobile iOS app built at Hack Reactor with classmates Nick Fujita and Sunyoung Kim. Wormie, currently under review by the Apple App Store, allows users to request a video or livestream of a specific location, and users within a certain radius will be able to respond to that request.

  2. Students Solve Major Issue in Music Sharing with Songlink, Get Recognized in LifeHacker and Product Hunt

    Music streaming is taking over as the way people access and share the songs they like, but this tends to silo users by the streaming services they use. A Spotify link does not work for someone who only uses Apple Music, Google Play, or any of a growing number of services. Recognizing this as a nuisance experienced by millions of people, a team of Hack Reactor students built Songlink, a tool that creates links that can access songs from all the most popular streaming services. Within weeks of its release, Songlink was featured on LifeHackerProduct Hunt, and many appreciative tweets.

  3. Front Page Hacker News: Remote Students Make Documentation a Cinch

    There are hundreds of great libraries and APIs out there designed to make developers’ lives better and easier, but poor or nonexistent documentation often undermines the benefit these technologies offer. A team of students in our Remote Beta program sought to remedy this issue that affects software engineers of all experience levels. The result, Sodocan.js, auto-generates skeletal documentation and provides crowdsourcing functions that allow anyone to fill in the gaps. Happy to see such a tool, developers voted Sodocan.js up to the front page of Hacker News.

  4. NodeAdmin Makes Building MySQL Databases More Intuitive, Lands Students on Hacker News Front Page

    MySQL is probably the most popular open source relational database, but it can be frustrating for many developers. Setting up a MySQL database tends to be a slow process, and mistakes can cause lengthy setbacks. In response, developers have created frameworks to streamline setting up a MySQL database with other technologies, such as phpMyAdmin for PHP or Django for Python. However, there wasn’t a similar tool out there for Node, the increasingly popular JavaScript runtime environment. A group of students set out to fill this gap by building NodeAdmin. There had been a strong desire for such a tool in the developer community, and NodeAdmin has gotten a lot of attention since its release.