A zombie by day, and a Quizlet programmer by night
So it's spring break. And I've been filming a zombie thriller instead of doing my homework! My bloodiness looked a lot more realistic when it was first applied, so that picture doesn't really do it justice. Anyways, I can post a link to the video when it's finished :). But that's just my day job. I…

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Posted by Andrew April 12, 2007 · View post
Trying out some new features - UPDATED
I have some exciting things coming up for you guys. Forums! Each group on Quizlet will have its own private forum, and there will be several global forums. The current global forums are: Quizlet Suggestions and Vocabulary Help. There will be no casual hangout forum spot. Here are some screenshots I'…

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Posted by Andrew March 31, 2007 · View post
Yay!...Davidson application sent
I'm so relieved to have finally sent my Davidson scholarship application. It was a lot more work than I thought it would be...The UPS package I shipped contained 43 pages of juicy Quizlet secrets and documentation, plus a ~10 minute video of me prattling on about Quizlet. But that's not all - each o…

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Posted by Andrew March 29, 2007 · View post
10,000 users + lots of new features + Davidson scholarship
Quizlet is humming along as usual. Here are some cool announcements: Quizlet reached 10,000 users on Wednesday, March 16. Not too bad for 56 days of existence. I just added a wave of new improvements to Quizlet. Read on. I'm entering Quizlet for the Davidson Fellows scholarship. So far, I've writte…

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Posted by Andrew March 17, 2007 · View post
Feature preview: custom accents and symbols
Hey again. I'm working on a super-slick new preference for customizing your accents and symbols. Any language you enter will be supported. Click on the image below for a preview: You can enter as many symbols as you want, and they can be anything you want. If you want to enter a Japanese alphabet,…

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Posted by Andrew March 6, 2007 · View post
500 days of Quizlet - The State of The Quizlet #2
After the serious philosophical contemplations in my last post, I thought I might freshen the mood with some fun statistics on how Quizlet is doing. But before I dive in I'd like to thank everyone for the huge flow of ideas coming in through the blog and the feedback box. It's a little overwhelming,…

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Posted by Andrew March 2, 2007 · View post
Quizlet in the classroom - a discussion
A number of teachers have contacted me recently expressing concern about the Discussion and Private Message features. The recent poll also roused some complaints about the potential of a forum feature. So I'd like to take a moment to discuss the general social atmosphere of Quizlet and how I envisio…

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Posted by Andrew February 24, 2007 · View post
Poll: What should Quizlet do next?
The Scatter release was rocky initially (sorry guys!), but it seems to have been a general success. Looking at my statistics, it looks like people are spending hours at a time on Scatter. Nice :) Now that Scatter is done, I want to find out what I should work on next. In the last poll, "Creati…

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Posted by Andrew February 23, 2007 · View post
Learn mode restored (part 2)
Hi. There was a bug in learn mode this morning that was causing it to fail terrifically . Sorry, it was completely my fault. Not that it matters to anyone, but the problem was one character in my 30,000 lines of code. I found the right character to fix though :) It's fixed now. Thank you to the 17 p…

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Posted by Andrew February 21, 2007 · View post
Scatter lifts off, with a bazillion other things! Woohoo!
Because of the all the big changes listed below, many of the files on Quizlet have changed (71 of them, in fact). If you have any issues with Quizlet's looks or functionality, you probably don't have the right files. To make sure you have the latest copy of all the files, you'll need to empty your b…

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Posted by Andrew February 21, 2007 · View post
On bugs, and how I recently squashed a particularly nasty one
Bugs are a fact of life for software programs, and Quizlet is no different. The extended 450-day testing cycle I put Quizlet through before it was launched to the public helped get rid of a vast majority of them, but there will always be those that get through. The feedback feature at the top-right…

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Posted by Andrew February 17, 2007 · View post
You are a chatty bunch! 20,000 discussions
I was browsing the database statistics this evening and noticed that there are now more than 20,000 discussion messages logged in the database. That's very surprising, considering there have only been 4,300 sets created. So I dug a little further and discovered 3 sets with over 3,000 messages each.…

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Posted by Andrew February 12, 2007 · View post
Learn mode restored
This afternoon, the file for Learn mode get mysteriously wiped. I've restored it from my code repository and it should function fine now. I'm looking into the cause of this problem, and if you notice any other issues, post them here. I was making some small updates to Quizlet today, and some saving…

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Posted by Andrew February 10, 2007 · View post
The most missed term on Quizlet, and other stats
More than anything else, people are missing Menstrual Cycle. It's the most missed term on Quizlet, with 188 incorrect scores logged. That's just funny :) Also near the top of the list, is Jefferson City → Missouri. I guess we can call that the least well-known of the US State Capitals. Sorry, Jeffer…

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Posted by Andrew February 9, 2007 · View post
Sneak Preview: The Scatter Game
I've got a sweet little demo video of a new feature I'm working on. Using 5 random terms of a set, the game scatters words and definitions all over the page and has you drag correct pairs onto each other. It's a game similar to Memory, but more fun. To compete with yourself, the game includes a time…

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Posted by Andrew February 8, 2007 · View post
5000 users and going strong.
Quizlet passed 5000 registered users Monday night, all in just 19 days since launch! As I write this post, the current count is 5327 users, and 290 in the last 24 hours. Thank you to everyone who has blogged about it, referred their friends, and added their contributions to the rapidly growing datab…

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Posted by Andrew February 7, 2007 · View post
Quizlet on your site - send in your API suggestions
A lot of people have been asking for some way to hook into Quizlet on other sites to use its data and functionality. This is, of course, a great idea. So I'm in the process of gathering ideas on what an API for Quizlet might do. So far, I think: Embeddable lists: JavaScript embedded code that displ…

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Posted by Andrew January 29, 2007 · View post
Mootools: the perfect JavaScript framework
Quizlet users - this is a technical post about the wonders of mootools, a programming framework I used to build Quizlet. Feel free to move along. Short story: Mootools is awesome because:- Above all, it's intuitive. You can read mootools code and it makes perfect sense. The code is compact. With e…

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Posted by Andrew January 28, 2007 · View post
Graph: Quizlet user ages
Hey. No sweet feature updates today, but I do have this cool graph to make up for it: It shows age (years) and the frequency they occur among Quizlet members. There are a few interesting notes: It's hottest among 15-17-year-olds (the high school crowd). It hasn't gained much popularity among colleg…

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Posted by Andrew January 27, 2007 · View post
A Quizlet limerick + New stuff
I went to SFBeta last night to present Quizlet in front of a bunch of Web 2.0 types. That was a lot of fun. What was not so fun was the fact that I had my AP Bio final the next morning! I survived... During the presentation, we were required to recite a limerick. So here's my beauty: There once was…

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Posted by Andrew January 26, 2007 · View post