A while back I thought I would start teaching myself some very basic web design and I managed to convert the simple spreadsheet that I used to build Tech 3 ships into a simple web page with interactive elements, buttons, and whatnot. I was quite proud of myself as you would be. But that got me thinking why can I not do this with all items in the game and just remove the need for a spreadsheet altogether.
So, I set about building and the idea developed further. I was wanting to create something that would allow you to track a job all the way from the idea right through to the sale of that items. This had to be easy for newer players to be able to pick up and use easily but have enough detail that experienced players would still find it useful.
So here we are, with the initial release of this project to the community. This is still very much in its early days and there are many more features that I would like to add from here.
So what can you do right now? The application breaks the building and selling of an item down into 5 stages. Planning, Purchasing, Building, Complete, Selling.
Using pricing information that you enter for your items and the information available on the ESI the application will calculate all the costs associated with your build. Once your item is on sale it will also track the orders and transactions to give you a full breakdown. Away from the game and wondered if your items have sold? Just log in and the application will tell you if you have had any new transactions.
So where is this heading?
Item Pricing: Personally, I feel and from test driving the whole process myself in my day to day gameplay that this is one of the main things that need to be added to the project to really start to make this useful. I have begun scoping out how to add this and I have a vision in my head of how it will work within the application so it will come soon enough.
MultiCharacter: This along with pricing will completely change how this application can be used. Currently, it has limitations as the data is only available for one character at a time. As many of you out there have multiple characters for building things and selling things in the galaxy. Having all of that information together in one place would open up so many more options and allow for some of my other ideas to be fully implemented.
Reporting: We all love graphs and data to analyse, it is a powerful tool. Would you like to know how many industry jobs you have made, how many times you have built a certain item, or maybe how much did it cost you to build the previous time, or the past 5 or 6 times?
Oh, there are many many other ideas for this that I have had while putting this together, have you ever had an ingredient and wanted to know what it is used in? Have you ever wanted to see a full breakdown of an item from the top right the way down to its base items? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Now that you know a little more about the idea and where it is going, give it a try. At this point getting as much feedback and ideas from folks are important in building this out further to create something even better.
So please give it a try, there is a working, limited, demo of the site that you can use without even logging in. If you want to talk about things further shoot me some messages, comment here, or even join the discord channel that is linked at the bottom of the site and get involved!
Are you a React developer in your spare time, I would love to have some feedback and talk about ways in which this can be improved from a development point of view?