Embarking on my journey to create the Missy Lloyd Beauty Appointment Management App using React Native has been both challenging and rewarding. In this blog post, I’ll share the progress I’ve made so far and the difficulties I encountered along the way. Please note that the app is still a work in progress and it won’t be publicly accessible, as this version will be for Melissa to manage her appointments. But once it’s completed I’ll be focusing on a user app for Melissa’s customers to book and manage their appointments on the go!

The Missy Lloyd Beauty Appointment Management App

Missy Lloyd Beauty is a personal beauty business, and creating an app to help manage appointments efficiently was a top priority. The goal was to develop an application that would:

  1. Prevent overlapping appointments.
  2. Provide a simple and user-friendly UI.
  3. Enable appointment management from multiple locations using a single data location.

Overcoming Challenges

1. Preventing Overlapping Appointments

One of the most significant challenges I faced was ensuring that appointments could not overlap. This required meticulous validation and scheduling logic within the app. To address this challenge:

  • I implemented date and time validation to ensure that new appointments did not conflict with existing ones.
  • I used React Native’s state management to keep track of booked slots and ensure they were not double-booked.
  • I integrated moment.js to handle date and time calculations more efficiently.

2. Designing a Simple and User-Friendly UI

Creating a user-friendly interface was another critical aspect of this project. Melissa’s clients needed an intuitive experience when booking appointments. To simplify the UI:

  • I used React Native components and libraries to create a clean and visually appealing interface.
  • I paid special attention to the user flow, making it easy for clients to browse available slots and confirm bookings.

3. Enabling Cross-Platform Management

To ensure that appointments could be managed from both the website and Melissa’s personal app, I faced the challenge of creating a synchronised system. Here’s how I approached it:

  • I designed a RESTful API that could be accessed from both the website and mobile app, allowing seamless data synchronisation.
  • I implemented user authentication to ensure secure access to appointment data.
  • I used Redux for state management, making it easier to share data between different parts of the application.

The Road Ahead

While significant progress has been made, it’s important to note that the Missy Lloyd Beauty Appointment Management App is not yet complete. The public version, which will allow clients to book appointments, will be released later. We are currently focusing on finishing the website and admin app to ensure a comprehensive and synchronised system.

So far, developing the Missy Lloyd Beauty Appointment Management App with React Native has been an exciting journey filled with challenges and learning opportunities. Overcoming issues related to preventing overlapping appointments, designing an intuitive UI, and enabling cross-platform management has been key milestones in this project. Stay tuned for updates as we work towards making this app publicly accessible, providing an enhanced booking experience for Melissa’s clients.

Thank you for joining me on this journey, and I look forward to sharing more progress in the future!

Don't miss out on other exciting articles!

Sign up to my mailing list to be kept up to date with exciting blog posts and website tips & tricks.