The best way to sell yourself and get exposer as a new developer is contributing to open source projects either writing own libraries as well as tools or contributing to someone else project. I always love to contribute Open Source projects not for selling myself or getting exposer point of view rather I would like to give something back to community. I personally believe that today I came here because of the community supports. As a part of it, I started extracting source code from all of my pet projects and exporting them as a very nice library that other developer can use in their projects. Recently, I published one Ruby Gem: gisbn based on Google Book API.
Basically, it fetches book information from Google Book by API by thirteen or ten digit ISBN number. Lets say, you have the ISBN number and you want to see all the information about that book. This GEM will help you fetch all information about that book.
Couple of years back, when I was in Bangladesh I started a startup www.wherearemybooks.com. Wherearemybooks.com is a platform for student, where students can cell, lend and borrow books from another students. One of core features of the application is fetching book information by book’s ISBN number. I had to write a library by myself what fetches information from Google Book API. The whole library I published as a Ruby GEM.
Code examples by the GEM
book = Gisbn::Book.new "0262033844", "AIzaSyDKepjfaVBRcgsnPALw5s2UNyfOk-1FHUU", "ca" ##create an account at Google and get API Kyes book.title #=> "Introduction to Algorithms" book.description #=> "A new edition of the essential text and professional reference, with substantial new material on such topics as vEB trees, multithreaded algorithms, dynamic programming, and edge-baseflow." book.publisher #=> "MIT Press" book.published_date #=> <Date: 2001-02-03 ...> book.isbn_10 #=> 0262033844 book.isbn_13 #=> 9780262033848 book.thumbnail #=> http://books.google.com/books/content?id=i-bUBQAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&edge=curl&source=gbs_api book.preview #=> http://books.google.ca/books?id=i-bUBQAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=isbn:0262033844&hl=&cd=1&source=gbs_api book.gisbn.isbn = 9780321573513 book.fetch.title => "Algorithms"
gisbn exposes following methods:
title >> Returns Book's title as string description >> Returns the description of book as string isbn(isbn_number) >> Set new isbn fetch >> Call to Google Book API and process book information on provided ISBN authors >> Return authors' name as comma separated as string authors_as_array >> Return authors' name as ruby array. If no book is associated with ISBN number, then it return empty array publisher >> Return publisher name as string isbn_10 >> Return 10 digit ISBN numbers as string isbn_13 >> Return 13 digit ISBN numbers as string categories >> Return category names as comma separated as string categories_as_array >> Return category names as ruby array. If no book is associated with ISBN number, then it return empty array thumbnail_small >> Return the link of small thumnail thumbnail >> Return the link of standard thumnail preview_link >> Return the link for previewing the book page_count >> Return page count as integer published_date >> Return the published date as Ruby object
If you want to contribute and enrich the GEM, you are really welcome, Just visit and fork from my github: https://github.com/eftakhairul/gisbn
Happy hacking 🙂