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CrewFinder, the Sailing Professionals Network, is a global recruitment platform developed by Throneware. It is a tool used to find and hire professionals from the marine industry by boat and yacht owners around the world. The application began as a server, iOS and web project, but then expanded and was also developed for Android.

Before work on any of the applications could be started, the back end had to be set up and developed. The back end we developed contained many features and technologies, including:

  • Data storage
  • Data security
  • Server side data validation
  • Background jobs
  • Email notifications
  • Push notifications
  • Instant Messaging
  • Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn integration
  • Admin and analytics dashboards
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Throneware worked on a complicated project for us at Silverfin. The timescales were tight and the project harder than we first thought. The work was delivered to a very high standard, under budget and we are very happy with the results.

John Bradshaw, Silverfin Solutions

Web Application

The web app was developed as soon as the server components had the features necessary for a minimum viable product. The web app was developed using HTML 5, CSS3 and JavaScript. The website was fully responsive so that it also operated well on phone and tablet devices. The app made use of new technologies such as browser support for geolocation and desktop push notifications.

The core of the application was built using the Backbone and Marionette frameworks. Backbone.js is a JavaScript library with a RESTful JSON interface and is based on the model–view–presenter (MVP) and Actor model application design paradigms. Marionette.js simplifies Backbone application code with robust views and architecture solutions, leading to reusable and modular components that we were able to deploy throughout the CrewFinder application. The result of this was a professional, high performance, efficient, single page web application that offered employers and employees the chance to connect with each other.

Mobile Applications

Both of the mobile apps were developed natively. To deliver the best possible experience for users we recommended building native applications for each of the required platforms. This led to the applications having a very slick and responsive interface that users rated very highly.

The mobile applications had feature parity with the website and in some cases, such as geolocation, the functionality was extended even further. Some of the mobile features included:

  • Push notifications
  • In App Purchase
  • Geolocation and geofencing
  • Instant messaging
  • User accounts and security
  • Google Maps integration
  • Social Integration
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Social Integration

The application was also integrated with the main social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This increased engagement rates and traffic by allowing users to post and share jobs and profiles on various social networks.

The full stack development demonstrated during the CrewFinder project is a great example of how Throneware can work with an organisation to deliver an entire platform. The CrewFinder solution delivered to Silverfin was not only cost effective, but also of the highest quality and delivered on time. We even carried out the graphic and interface design for the platform and are incredibly proud of the final result. The application also had the capability to scale massively. Every aspect of CrewFinder, from data storage, the server code to and hosting, was designed with scalability in mind.

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