Shane Boyar

Full Stack Developer
Based in Richmond, VA

Hi, I'm Shane.
I'm a digital marketer turned full stack developer. In mid 2016 I checked out Micheal Hartl's Ruby on Rails tutorial and have been coding nonstop ever since. My main focuses are on rails and react, but i love learning and am constantly expermenting with new things.

Some Things I've Made

My Wedding Website

I wanted to make a custom website to link to on the invitations for my wedding in 2017. Most of the fun stuff on the site is jQuery and CSS, but once I built the photobooth linked below I went back and added a in simple Sinatra API to accept gifs sent from the photobooth and automatically add them to a grid made up of the last 16 pictures.


This is what I'm currently working on. It scrapes some comic metadata from comiXology and reorganizes it into what will be a Netflix style comics browsing website that also pulls in buying information from various comic retailers.

RasPi Photobooth

I built a photobooth for guests to use at our wedding. The code is built to run on a Raspberry Pi, but is written in Ruby as that was the language I was most comfortable with at the time I was making it. It uses the built-in Raspberry Pi camera module and MiniMagick to take three pictures then edits them into a branded photostrip and prints it out. It also takes the three pictures and a branded transparent top layer and turns them into a gif which it then posts to the API added into the wedding website listed above.


I built this when I was first going through the Michael Hartl Ruby on Rails Tutorial. It is an app that lets friends join a group and then build competing brackets. Each group also has its own private chatroom and forum-type posting and commenting. It was originally built with The Bachelor in mind, but could be used for any weekly elimination-style show or sports tournament.

Some Books & Classes I’ve Enjoyed

Ruby on Rails Tutorial

Michael Hartl

I consider the day I first started working my way through this tutorial as the first day of my life as a developer. It came highly recommended on the LearnProgramming subreddit, and it's entirely deserving of the praise. I really liked how he first shows you how magical Rails can be by showing you that you can get a running app up in a matter of minutes, but then he breaks down each and every facet of Rails over the next dozen or so chapters.

Eloquent Ruby

Russ Olsen

I came to this book because I wanted to really hone up my fundamental Ruby skills after being wowed by the magic of Rails. Each chapter is a rule to live by when it comes to writing great Ruby code. This is what inspired me to try to build the Photobooth using Plain Old Ruby.

Modern React with Redux

Stephen Grider // Udemy

Stephen Grider has been a big part of my coding education. I highly recommend any of his classes. This class really helped me grok redux once and for all. The best thing about Stephen's classes is that he breaks them up into short (usually < 10 minute) chunks which makes it easy to not lose focus. He also does a great job of showing common mistakes that a new developer might fall prey to.

The Complete React Native and Redux Course

Stephen Grider // Udemy

This was the first Grider course I took and also my first real introduction to modern Javascript. I definitely struggled with parts of it at first, but Stephen does a really good job of walking through each step in depth and in a way that is easy for anyone to understand.

The Complete Elixir and Phoenix Bootcamp

Stephen Grider // Udemy

I picked up this course on a whim, since people at my office had been talking about Elixir and how fast it can be. It really is a neat language, and combined with the Phoenix framework, presents something really exciting. I hope to stay up to date with the Elixir community, as I'd like to get more experience with it. Again, Stephen Grider made learning a completely new language a breeze.

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