Benji Riethmeier


A social media where you can post images and follow your friends!

Create and customize your own page to share photos!
Follow your friends and see their posts!
Like and comment on your friend's posts!
See a feed of your recent activity and your friend's recent posts!
Post images to share with your friends!
Customize your profile with an avatar!
Search for new friends and send friend requests!






Project Goal

I originally learned about web development by going through The Odin Project ’s JavaScript course, which covers vanilla JavaScript, React, and Express. At some point during the Express course, I got sidetracked and started exploring using Next.js for my backend instead, so I never reached the final project of The Odin Project’s course: creating a Facebook Clone!

I eventually came back to this project and created Benjibook! I created this project to thoroughly test my skills, and ultimately I just wanted to see if I could create a huge project like this.

The Stack

For this project, I used a collection of technologies known as The T3 Stack. This stack emphasizes type-safety, so TypeScript is at the front and center of everything.

This stack is built upon Next.js, which is the web framework I had the most experience with, so I felt comfortable using for this project. Other technologies that I used included:

While tRPC is a relatively new library, I was particularly excited to use it in Benjibook and I enjoyed my experience with it immensely.

Lessons Learned