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mark7734

12 Sep, 2011 12:57 PM

Flawlessly executed! This site is easy to use and flexible. Gathering recipes, making a plan, then shopping with my Android, it did everything I wanted, easily. (Well, I'd like to see dietary totals on the plan, but you'll get there ;))

I've looked at many and tried several meal-planning solutions and all disappointed but this one. The import feature particularly impressed me. It is rare that a system exceeds my expectations. I salute you as a cook and a software engineer of many-decades.

I'm curious what technologies you used. I'm pretty sure it's not Rails.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Clint on 12 Sep, 2011 01:47 PM

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    Thanks for the feedback!

    You can actually total some nutritional information on the planner. Is that what you had in mind for dietary totals?

    I really appreciate the positive feedback as I am normally very hard on myself and have a very long todo list of fixes and features!

  2. 2 Posted by mark7734 on 12 Sep, 2011 06:10 PM

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    You implemented the site by yourself!? No way...

    I got interested in computers at the age of 10 back in the days of punch
    cards and paper tape. I had access to a college's computers because my dad
    worked there. I've done a bit of everything, though I've avoided
    Microsoft platforms. Before that, I avoided IBM machines, back when they
    were the industry gorilla. (The big guys always stifle innovation)

  3. 3 Posted by rodmax on 01 Feb, 2013 03:06 AM

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    Very nice website ... I've registered and have been trying it out for the past half hour.
    Things I liked:
    1) Your business philosophy
    2) Very reasonable pricing
    3) Drag & Drop recipes to the calendar to create meal plan ... this is a Biggie for me :-)
    4) No pre-defined collection of recipies
    5) Easily imported a favorite recipe from food.com...
    --and you maintained link to original recipe! -- Hmmm ... Food.com now has a menu planning feature .... you have nothing to worry about :) 6) Your site seemed more responsive (page refresh times) than some other menu planning sites I tried (2 other before I found yours via Google Search)
    7) You/Tender allow using Markdown for formatting comments :-)

    I did have trouble importing recipe from: http://www.nola.com/food/index.ssf/2009/08/latest_esquire_has_john_...
    but this web page is more like a magazine article than a traditional recipe format .. anyway, I just cut and pasted the ingredients
    and directions into the Plan To Eat (P2E) popup dialog.

    I have yet to find anything here that I really don't like .. will try it out for the 30 days!

    I am a Software Engineer and am also interested in what technologies you used for your website.

    Much Thanks!
    Rodney

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Clint on 01 Feb, 2013 06:39 PM

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    Hi Rodney,

    Thanks a lot for your feedback! I'm thrilled that you appreciate the more
    technical aspects like response time. That is certainly an area that care
    about! I'm curious what other sites you tried as well. As you might
    imagine, I see all the wrinkles and my todo list is very long so I hope you
    continue to enjoy Plan to Eat, especially as I continue to improve it over
    the coming months and years.

    I would rather not say what backend technologies I am using, but I CAN say
    that I have added a lot of JavaScript/jQuery over the years. It's amazing
    how much the web has changed in the past 5 years! What are your areas
    of expertise?

    Thanks,
    Clint

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