October 11, 2020
I was tasked with organising this years Secret Santa for my extended family. Usually we all get together and put all the names in a hat. This year with the whole global epidemic thing going on thats not something that we can do, and I suspected lots of other people might find themselves in a similar position. So I decided to build a platform to facilitate Secret Santa.
MysterySanta is a simple and free Secret Santa generator app. It takes in a list of people and names and then sends a text to everyone letting them know who they have to get a present for.
You can visit the website and try it out yourself at mysterysanta.co.uk.
The architecture of the platform consists of a few parts. There is a React frontend that uses Apollo GraphQL Client to communicate to the backend. The backend is a NodJS server using Apollo GraphQL Server to host a GraphQL schema and resolvers. The front and backend and both hosted separately on Heroku. The backend communicates sends SMS notifications to all the participants via the Twilio API.
If I was to put more time into the project the first thing I would do is write UI tests using React Testing Library. This would facilitate a refactor of the frontend which is sorely needed, it got pretty messy towards the end. After that I have a pretty long list of features that would be useful for example wish lists. I am probably not going to invest anymore time into this project unless it becomes a roaring success.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions about this project or any other of my projects, let me know!