Kilg.us – Fantasy Stat Tracker …Tracker

A blog about the development of Kilg.us – The Fantasy Baseball Stat Tracker

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How it Works

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Kilg.us makes it simple to track major league baseball stats for your fantasy baseball team–or any other group of players you want to follow!

Step 1. Sign Up

The sign-up process is simple. From the homepage, start entering your desired username in the “user” field. If Kilg.us doesn’t recognize the username you enter, it will expose some additional fields for you to enter and confirm your password and your email address.

Form used to sign up for Kilg.us

Form used to sign up for Kilg.us

If Kilg.us recognizes the username you enter, you’ll need to try a new one–someone else is already the one you tried.

Step 2. Create a Team

After signing up you can create your first team. This couldn’t be easier! Click the “Create Team” link in the utility box at the top-right of your dashboard. This will take you to a page where you enter the name of your new team. That’s it!

We do recommend keeping team names between 3 and 24 characters, but you can enter as many as you need. We also would suggest that you don’t create multiple teams with the same name–it’ll make life harder for you when you are trying to track your stats.

Step 3. Add Players

Once your team is created, you’ll be taken to your team detail page. From there you click the “Add Player” link. This takes you to a page where you can search for players, view their season stats, and add them to your team!

Add Player page with result for a search on "Young"

Add Player page with result for a search on "Young"

You can add as many–or as few–players as you want.

Step 4. Track Stats!

Now you can track stats!

Team page

Team page

A snapshot of your team’s overall statistics will be pulled into your dashboard so you can review all your teams at once. Clicking through to a team page will show you the day’s stats for each player, as well as the team totals.

Housekeeping

Friday, May 29th, 2009

No new features on Kilg.us today, but hopefully the existing features are working a little better.

If you were online tracking your team tonight and had any Rangers or Athletics on your team, you may have noticed some odd behavior. It took a couple hours, but I think double-header stats should all be compiling correctly. I ended up working through a series of iterations over the process of collecting all the stats between games 1 and 2, adding them, and being sure not to collect stats over and over if they haven’t changed.

It was also pointed out this morning that, if a team didn’t have any players on it, errors would be thrown on the Dashboard and Team pages. That issue has been resolved. The issue manifested from an error in the team creation process. A team created with an apostrophe in it’s name would throw an error. The team would not be created and an empty, unusable team would be associated with the Owner. I deleted all those blank teams so if you used to have one on your Dashboard, hopefully it’s gone now. You can now create teams with apostrophes in their names.

Finally, when approving an Industry request, a 404 error (page not found) was reported. Turns out a typo had found it’s way into the path to the script. That has been fixed. I had noticed no new industries in the last couple days, though, so apologies to anyone else who encountered the 404 error in the last couple days.

If you encounter any errors or unexpect behavior while you’re using Kilg.us, please shoot me an email with a description so I can get it fixed up. Thanks to everyone who helped identify the bugs today!

Bits and Pieces

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Updates to Kilg.us today:

  • Boxscore emails tomorrow morning should include team statistical totals.
  • Find Industry Members results page now identifies owners with a “pending” status (you can’t re-request an Industry now).
  • Add Players default state is updated so it lists all players instead of pulling in a seemingly random player.
  • Dashboard -> Industry “What’s This” link now opens a modal layer describing Industries and providing a link to the Tracker “social-networking” page instead of linking directly to that page.
  • Create Team and Change Team Name flows now encourage a 3 character minimum team name.

I’ll be out of town most of the next two weeks, so there probably won’t be many–if any–Kilg.us updates until late May.

iPhone Progress

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Today has seen substantial progress on the iPhone web app version of Kilg.us. It now allows Users to log-in, create teams, and access a Team page. As of right now, no information other than the team name is displayed on the Team page, but it’s progress. So far I’ve had to duplicate most of the log-in and user session authentication files, but both apps are sharing the same objects for teams and players.  It’s not where I would like to be, but it’s better than nothing.

I started work on an icon set for the button navigation of the mobile site. It is further evidence that I’m not a designer, but all things considered, I’m pretty pleased with them so far.

A few days ago I implemented the Dashboard discussed in the previous post. It still doesn’t do anything but provide access to all of a User’s team pages.

How it Works

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Today’s work continued to focus on improving the sign-up process. I included more instructional information in the form of a 4-step flow diagram on the home page which links to a new How it Works page. This new page walks through Signing Up, Creating a Team, Adding Players, Tracking Stats, and Selecting Stats. Hopefully the new thumbnail screenshots will make the application feel more accessible to potential Users and encourage them to join and offer feedback on the tool.

The biggest outcome of today’s work, though, was my renewed realization of how bad I suck at Photoshop. I’ve never been good at computer illustration and it’s painfully obvious. If anyone out there has a graphic thumb and wants to help on Kilg.us, shoot me a line.

Team Creation

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

A little post-superbowl work tonight involved some improvements to the team creation process. The biggest improvement was addition of instructional text. Kilg.us now guides the User through creating a new team and then adding players to that team.

I also added some simple data checking around the length of team names. The checks come into play both when creating a new team and changing the name of an existing team. The checks count the number of characters in the name and provide a notice if the User enteres more than 24 characters. The only reason for the 24-character recommendation is to ensure the name displays nicely in the layout when viewing the Team page. There is no technical or architectural reason for the recommendation, so the application doesn’t enforce the limit–it simply recommends it. A User is free to define a name of more than 24 characters.

Sign Up Now!

Friday, May 9th, 2008

It is now possible to sign up for an account on the Fantasy Stat Tracker, build your team, and track your stats! I’ve finished the functionality just in the last few minutes, so there is A LOT of work yet to do–rough edges to smooth, data to validate, workflows to finesse. But…the basic functionality works! There is no warning if your email duplicates an existing one (it will fail silently and won’t create your account). It also isn’t checking whether user names exist already, so it’s possible to duplicate users. That means down the road I might flush the database to get rid of crap data. So, if you sign up now, I don’t promise I won’t erase your account as development continues. I’ll try not to, though.

I was able to create an account and build a 25-man roster in less than 5 minutes. Please, give it a shot, and let me know what you think. Please post comments on the Fantasy Stat Tracker back to this blog post.

Enjoy!