intern engineering spanishdict

Intern Experiences: Har

My name is Hari, and I’ve been interning at SpanishDict for a few weeks now. This will be the first of a series of blog posts about experiences here at SpanishDict.

I love SpanishDict! Headquarters are in Arlington, VA, just minutes outside the city limits. I’ve never lived in DC, so it’s been quite an adventure, both during work and after work. I’ve really taken a liking to the DC area, both the Foggy Bottom/downtown area where I live, as well as the Arlington/Clarendon area where I work. There are lots of places to go and things to do, and I feel like my time here is already slipping away.

Working in the office is awesome – everybody knows each other and there are lots of fun events! Day to day, things never get boring – just the other day, one of the guys in the office next door left us a whole box of donuts! I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer (especially when The Dark Knight Rises comes out, which we’re all going to go see together :D).

I am currently working on creating interactive features for the front-end of the site. More specifically, I have been implementing a series of language testing features, such as multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, etc. I have been working mostly in Coffeescript and Backbone.js to create the infrastructure of my web app. Backbone has allowed me to easily create and render the views and templates that I want, and its flexibility and events handling are really great, too. More recently, I have been working on generating the specific questions I can use for my quizzes, and how to go about deciding what kinds of questions I should display.

Since I love interactive games and other such devices, making these features for the website is right up my alley. I’m excited to see what else I can do this summer to help make the site even better than it is now (tough, right?).

Hasta luego! (Until next time!)