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Python Idioms in Rust

I’ve been going through a period of programming language wanderlust over the past couple months. Recently, I’ve been quite interested in Rust. Coming from Python, I’ve found a lot of Rust’s language features to be quite powerful.

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Scraping the Web in Golang with Colly and Goquery

If told to write a web crawler, the tools at the top of my mind would be Python based: BeautifulSoup or Scrapy. However, the ecosystem for writing web scrapers and crawlers in Go is quite robust. In particular, Colly and Goquery are extremely powerful tools that afford a similar amount of expressiveness and flexibility to their Python-based counterparts.

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MapReduce on Python is better with MRJob and EMR

Yelp’s MRJob is a fantastic way of interfacing with Hadoop MapReduce in Python. It has built-in support for many options of running Hadoop jobs — AWS’s EMR, GCP’s Dataproc, local execution, and normal Hadoop.

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25 Days of using Golang

During the month of December, I used the daily Advent of Code puzzles to teach myself Go.

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2017 in Review

2017 was an interesting year. Personally and professionally, I found it to be a successful year of growth. Reflecting on this year’s US/global news, my thoughts on 2017 are conflicted. We’ve seen the growth of troubling trends that will likely continue in 2018, and a significant amount of “bad” happened this year. From my own perspective, there were certainly setbacks and some periods of intense stress (thanks, college). I don’t wish to whitewash legitimate (and pressing) concerns, but I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my year with an intentionally positive spin. »

Learning to Like Java

This summer, I worked primarily in Java on a backend service for Zillow’s advertising platform. This service was built on top of Spring Boot, an “opinionated” Java web framework.

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Internship 2017: Zillow

This summer, I had the opportunity to do a Software Engineering internship at Zillow. I grew quite a bit as a developer during my time at Zillow, and gained a lot of experiential knowledge in practically applying the technologies that I’ve learned in school and in my side projects.

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Building GitTrophy

I’ve been working on a site for the past month that generates 3D models from Github’s contribution graphs.

After a month of work, it’s complete! So, I’m happy to announce GitTrophy. It’s pretty slick: type in a Github user or repo name, and you’ll get a 3D preview of the contribution model. I 3D printed my chart from 2016, and it turned out pretty well.

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GDQStatus SGDQ 2017: The React Rewrite, Architecture Updates, and Lessons Learned

This past week was SGDQ 2017, the latest GamesDoneQuick charity speed-run marathon. For the past year, I’ve been managing an unofficial stats page for these events called GDQStat.us. This is the third event that I’ve hosted this site, and a lot has changed in this iteration.

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How to Deploy a Secure Static Site to AWS with S3 and CloudFront

AWS is a great place to host static content: Bandwidth / hosting costs are very cheap if you’re at “hobbyist” scale, you get great availability, and AWS gives you free SSL termination / certificate management for HTTPS if you get everything setup correctly.

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