A picture of Sjors van Holst playing VR in nature
A picture of Sjors van Holst playing VR in nature

Sjors van Holst


A translator for fun text transformations, available as an NPM package, Deno package, Android app, and website, created with Vue 3 and Expo.

In high school, I used to see a lot of memes around UwU. This trend involves changing a sentence to sound ‘cuter' or more anime-like, so ‘Hello, how are you today?' would become ‘Hewwo how awe you today?'. For fun, I decided to create an NPM package that would automate this transformation, inspired by a Chrome extension created by leafysweetsgarden that no longer exists. Once I got the package up and running, a few friends of mine David Brands, Wouter de Bruijn, and Kerim Demirci joined the project.

One thing led to another, and before we knew it, we had published both an NPM and Deno package. We also released a Uwuifier Android app on the Play Store and App Store and launched the Uwuifier website. The app has over 10K downloads with an average rating of 5 stars, and the website has more than 250K views!

I find it amusing that my most ‘successful' project is a translator for a niche community that I'm not even a part of. I created the package itself in Deno, the website uses Vue 3, and the apps are created using Expo, all of which use TypeScript. I'm very grateful to be surrounded by friends with such a passion for programming, who are always there to help me out with anything!