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iOS Shortcuts for Data Capture

iOS Shortcuts is one of my favorite additions to iOS in its past several iterations. I used its predecessor, Workflow, for a while, but I didn’t invest too heavily in it because there was a nagging feeling in the back of my head that Apple would kill it at some point. However, they did the opposite!

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Getting Started with Golang Google Cloud Functions

As of January 16, 2019, GCP’s Cloud Functions now natively support Golang! This post will briefly cover why this is a big deal and how one can begin to use Go in their cloud functions.

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2018 in Review

2018 was a wild year. A lot happened. I lived in 4 different cities over the course of the year, worked 2 internships, and did a few weeks of traveling. It was a hectic year, but also one of the best in recent memory.

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My Favorite Books of 2018

I attempted to read more books in 2018 – and it paid off! I read several enjoyable books this year. Here were my favorites.

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Toward Using the iPad Pro for Development

I’ve been following a number of people that use iPad Pros for “real work”. I’m going on vacation for a couple weeks to Europe and I wanted to leave my laptop at home. That being said, I still wanted a “lifeline” computing device so that I could do some light writing or SSH into a server if necessary.

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Brief Reactions to React Hooks

At ReactConf 2018, the React team introduced a new set of APIs called “Hooks” that allow you to write large swaths of traditional class-based React components as functional components.

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Wordscapes

Every once-in-a-while a game really sucks me in. Over my vacation in August, I got hooked on ‎Wordscapes — a simple word game where you have to generate valid words from a bag of letters you’re provided to fill in a crossword puzzle. After a few hours playing this, I naturally began to wonder if there is an efficient algorithmic solution to this game.

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Live Refreshing Cargo Docs

rustdoc is a great tool, but as of now there isn’t an official way to have its generated docs refresh as you make edits. Running cargo doc with the --open argument will open the generated docs in browser window. If you make changes to your source code, you’ll need to re-run cargo doc to have the changes reflected in your browser. By chaining together a few other Rust tools, we can pretty easily get the functionality of live-reloading docs.

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Clippy's "cast_lossless" Lint Warning

Recently, I was trying out clippy — a linting and static analysis tool for Rust, when I ran into a lint warning that wasn’t immediately clear to me: warning: casting u8 to u16 may become silently lossy if types change.

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Tweaks to Improve your Twitter Usage

Over the past few months, I’ve put some thought into tweaking my Twitter usage to better align it with how I’d like to use social media. I’ve never felt particularly “addicted” to or maligned by Twitter. However, left unchecked, it can easily become a time sync that leaves you in a sour mood.

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