1. Product Hunt Features Alum’s React Native App

    Richard Kho, who graduated Hack Reactor in May and spent an additional three months in our apprenticeship program, was recently featured on the popular app and media curator site Product Hunt for his app Product Kitty. Product Kitty makes use of the recently released Product Hunt API to allow users to browse products, read comments and user profiles. The app was partly inspired by Kho’s desire to explore the popular new mobile development framework React Native, which facilitates flexible platform app building.

  2. Students’ “Instagram for Google Deep Dream” Featured in Popular Science, The Verge, Wired, Discovery News, The Next Web & More

    Many have been enchanted by the bizarre images from Google’s Deep Dream project, but the process of creating these mindscapes was difficult and time-consuming for the average person. A group of students tackled this issue by building an app, Dreamify, that Popular Science called “Instagram for Deep Dream”. Dreamify also caught the eye of the VergeYahooThe Next WebDiscovery News, and a slew of other sites. The app, which takes ordinary images and runs them through Google’s Deep Dream process, is available for Android and will soon be available on iOS.

  3. Alum Tops Hacker News with Explanation of New JavaScript Feature, Tail Call Optimization

    Kyle Owen, who graduated Hack Reactor in May, has been getting to know the new features built into JavaScript in the ES6 release, which came out earlier this year and marked the first major update to JavaScript since ES5 in 2009. Because there is so much new material to explore, concise and lucid explanations of specific features are high in demand. Owen provided exactly that in a blog post on tail call optimization, and his explanation quickly rocketed to the front page of Hacker News.

  4. Purify CSS Tool Vaults Remote Students into Hacker News Limelight

    Inspired by past student projects that made meaningful contributions to the open source community, a group of students in our Remote Beta program went into their final project looking for a problem to be solved. After investigating several avenues, they conceived of and built Purify CSS, a tool that speeds up apps by removing unused components related to the staple design language CSS. Since Purify CSS was released, the reaction from the developer community has been overwhelmingly positive, with coders already adding to the framework and using it in their projects.

  5. Virtual Reality Platform Built by Remote Students Opens Possibilities for VR Developers

    While virtual reality has been around in various forms for many years, there is still a high barrier to entry for software developers to enter into the space. A group of students in our Remote Beta program decided to change that by creating a virtual reality platform. This platform, TheseusVR, creates an online space with multiple screens, in which one can run separate apps on each screen. It also incorporates cloud storage. TheseusVR can be integrated with two of the leading virtual reality systems, Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard.

  6. Patent-Holding Student Builds D3 Visualization of Key Bay Area Stats

    Frank Bowers came to Hack Reactor after 26 years as a Software Engineer to facilitate a transition from building user interfaces on the desktop to web development. Specifically, Bowers has a keen interest in data visualization, and embarked on a side project while working on our pre-course curriculum to develop his skills in this area. His project, Bay Area Stats, uses D3 to display comprehensive data on salary, housing prices and racial demographics in San Francisco and the surrounding area in a highly intuitive format.

  7. Student Team Builds on Project from Previous Cohort to Create Technical Interview Platform

    Technical interviews done online often involve a cumbersome mix of programs for video chat, pair programming, whiteboarding and private notetaking. This adds logistical challenges to an already-complex task. A team of students addressed this issue by creating an all-in-one platform for remote technical interviews. HackBox uses a tab system to put video chat, whiteboard, shared coding space and a private note-taking area for the interviewer.