Latest project – Solvius

June 7, 2009

Well it’s been a while since I’ve written a post, mainly due to the amount of time I’ve spent learning Rails & working on Solvius.

After reading “Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware“, I decided to create a program to store all the problems I come across over times, storing them in a solutions log of sorts. For one reason or another I had put it off.

Fortunately I came up with some free time & decided to finally write the application in Rails, I’m new to Rails & as some of you may know I rarely miss the chance to kill two birds with one stone.

It didn’t take long to create the basic functionality, two weeks at the most, the last few weeks I’ve spent learning Cucumber & RSpec, but thats another post. I’ve finally uploaded the application to my host & setup some basic data, over the next few weeks I’ll incrementally add new functionality to the site.

It’s been an enjoyable experience, I must say I’ve become a total convert to rails (i’ll leave that for another post) & have picked up a crap load of knowledge over the past month of a half learning. Hopefully in the coming weeks I’ll write up my notes and experiences but for now I thought I’d quickly go through what Solvius allows people to do & some of the plans I have for it in the future.


Well as I previously mentioned Solvius was inspired by “Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware“. It’s primary goal is to help people track and store problems & solutions that we come across in our day to day lives. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve come across a problem that I’ve solved but know I’ll have to go digging for the solution.

The cool thing about solvius is that the application can be used to store all kinds of problems and solutions, whether it be some kind of novelty puzzle to some a professional or academic conundrum.

At the moment the application is in beta, so invites are needed before you can signup, hopefully once all the kinks are ironed out and I have the time to improve the design, the site will be open to all.


  • Create problems
    Allows a user to create a public or private problem
  • Solve problems
    Registered users are able to solve public problems, as well as their private ones
  • Make problems private
    Not everyone likes their problems out in the open

Future Features

  • Invites via twitter
    Will be able to tweet @solvius which will mail out an invite
  • Suggest solutions
    Users are able to suggest solutions for public problems
  • Solution & problem search
    Registered users will be able to search for specific types of problems & solutions
  • Facebook Connect
    Peoples will be able to register via FBConnect
  • Tweet updates
    Updates when problems are solved
  • Problem/Solution groups
    Users will be able to join specific problem/solution groups to help in mass problem solving.

Feel free to check out the site out  or tweet @solvius with any suggestions or ideas.


One comment

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