That’s the idea behind Eager, a tool from some ex-HubSpot employees. I’ll explain with an example. As I’ve said before on this blog, I’m a web dev dilettante; I like to play around with building sites, but I’m not an expert by any means. When an article about better link underlining popped up in my Twitter stream, I immediately wanted to implement it somewhere. I spent a few minutes studying the explanation of the technique and the CSS involved, and then I spent a few more minutes studying it, and then I gave up because didn’t understand any of it.
But then I noticed the call-to-action at the bottom of the article saying I could install “SmartUnderlines for free”, which seemed an antithetical concept to me since I wanted to install it on a website. As it turned out, the process was quite straightforward.
Simply drop a short snippet of JS into the head section of a site, and then navigate to the Eager app store, which lists all of the available “apps”, many of which are cool tools like PACE from the HubSpot team. You choose the app you want to install and the site you want to install it on, and you’re good to go. It took a couple of minutes and when I refreshed my site, my links had proper underlining.
The number of apps in the store (which are free for the moment) is fairly limited, but it includes favorites like Google Analytics, Gaug.es, Underscore, PACE, Bootstrap, and Disqus.
In reality, Eager is a simply an elegant interface for a process that many developers know forwards and backwards, but it has a lot of potential, especially as the number of available apps increases.