Blog posts

Planning until it's painful

Sept. 25, 2018

When I started at my current job, I just wanted to code. However, my supervisor kept asking me all these questions. How long did I think it would take? How will I accomplish it? What if it takes longer? I tried answering them, but each answer just led to more questions. I didn’t want to plan! I just wanted to write the code, dangit! Out of frustration, I eventually wrote up a page or so of bullets that answered every possible question I could imagine being asked, and then some more.

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Minor updates

Sept. 12, 2018

As a part of a as-of-yet unnamed overarching project, I’ve been updating my presence around the web on various sites. As a part of this I’ve found the various links that I am using are often on the longer side, making them difficult to read.

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Running python from a database

June 15, 2018

While having my morning coffee, I had a strange idea. Is it possible to run code stored inside a sqlite database? I had no idea if it was possible, but I was curious. So I wrote a little project to find out.

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Notes for an out-of-province student

May 4, 2018

Last year at the end of November, I got an offer for a co-op placement with a company in Vancouver. Starting January second. Short notice, but also exciting.

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How does Flask work?

March 28, 2018

When you first start using the Flask framework it feels a little magical. You write a function to return some text, add a single line above it, call run, and your text is somehow being sent to your web browser! Most introductions will show you a little sample of code something like this.

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JSON in PostgreSQL

March 24, 2018

Recently at work, I got into a discussion about whether it makes sense to store JSON objects in a relational database. While I tried to disagree, they presented a some convincing arguments. However now that I have had time to think, I feel as though the arguments also have a few flaws.

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Facebook cannot act in your best interest

March 20, 2018

With the recent complaints about Facebook surfacing across the internet, now seems as good of a time as ever to share this. I’ve discussed with friends before that Facebook cannot be acting in their best interest.

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Respectful Tracking

March 9, 2018

As a university student in a co-op program, I am either working a co-op job, or preparing to start applying to the next one. Sometimes both at the same time. I have been working on this site to provide a portfolio of some of my past projects, and of my writing. However I faced a problem. How would I know if my site was actually capturing users or not? Of course I could use Google Analytics, however I didn’t like the idea of trusting any third party to do something against their own interest. In this case, an advertising company promising not to track third parties.

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Thought Experiment: The TextNet

Dec. 19, 2017

On the forums I follow, there has been a growth in people begrudging the “JavaScript-ization” of modern web content. On one hand I can absolutely agree – why should loading a text-only recipe take dozens of megabytes? At the same time I feel it is a boon to allow for more efficient development (i.e. allowing developers to focus on development instead of design). But I think that those naysayers are onto something. So what would it look like if we banished all JavaScript from (a segment of) the internet?

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Feed-ing the Readers

Dec. 7, 2017

Initially an MVP, I have been progressively fleshing out my blog as I have time, usually with whatever catches my fancy. My latest (re)discovery on this front has been RSS feeds. Being able to keep up-to-date on blogs that post infrequently is beneficial to me. Not only because I can keep up on content I care about, but also because this form of passive following allows me to use the internet less.

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