By the end of the night, I was drawing rectangles. An exciting start, though the average onlooker might disagree. With triumph fueling my fingers, I continued to build the engine. Within three days of spare-time coding, I was displaying random Hanafuda cards. You could drag the cards around, and when you hovered over another card of the same type, the two would collect in the corner of the screen, and the cards in your hand would shift to the left.
What I could have sworn would be a week or two of coding and testing was complete in three days. I knew then that I’d be singing the praises of Corona from that day forth.
Little did I know that song would include so many verses. Every single thing I could conjure up was not only possible, but so simple. If there’s a failure of Corona (which there isn’t), it’s that it plays so well into the hands of that evil beast, the Feature Creep. Every morning, there was a new list of features I wanted and could completely integrate by the day’s end. Eventually, I drew an end-line and launched the app, but you can bet I was at my text editor writing version 2.0 within minutes.
As I said, there’s something wonderful about fulfilling a dream. Often, one of our biggest downfalls is our imagination. It can paint a picture of such perfection and wonder that reality offers us no choice but to settle for something lesser. Seldom do the planets align to allow for even the tamest of dreams to come true. So, when there is something that can make the dreams of so many come to life, that is magical! But when it can do so not only without a lot of effort, but by being independently enjoyable, it becomes something else entirely.
Before Corona, I had a list of dreams that I couldn’t even hope to make more than just that — dreams. But now, the tables have turned. It’s no longer hoping I can make one of my many dreams come true, it’s wondering if they’ll ever stop.