What is it?
My internship with Baillie Gifford took the form of a 4-week virtual placement. During the placement the majority of my time was dedicated to the online training platform Pluralsight. Here we were encouraged by BG to learn the basics or the React library and anything else we wished to learn. In the latter 2 weeks of the placement my colleague and I decided to undertake a small project to put together what we had learned up until that point. The project itself ended up serving as a useful learning curve as well – the backend of the app makes use of different APIs and databases which helped grow my web dev skill set in some crucial areas. Given more time the project would have a larger list of features including user login, portfolio overviews.
The primary function of the app is to buy stocks and monitor their price, which is updated with real values every minute, and aim to make a profit. The user uses the landing page to search for shares but company or company token, once the user has found the stock they wish to buy they can open the modal menu to purchase the shares for their selected portfolio.
The user can view each portfolio they create and buy stocks for. Each portfolio shows all shares and their total value, as well as an indication to show whether or not the user has made a profit in the shares value since they were bought.