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I'm Lucas Melin, a QA Systems Testing Analyst at the Bank of Canada.

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GGetting started with fbprophet on Windows 10

30.03.20193 Min Read — In Programming

I recently decided to look at my past purchases, and see if I could leverage that data to predict some of my personal spending trends. To help create a forecast, I settled on Prophet, which is a…

JJava vararg constructors and reflection

13.04.20186 Min Read — In Programming

On a recent Selenium project, I was trying to develop tests for a page with a long, dynamic form. This form has several types, with some shared fields across each type, with the number of possible…

AAWK Built-in Variables

20.02.20181 Min Read — In Unix

A common choice for manipulating and processing large text files on UNIX systems is awk. I was using awk in March of last year and thought it would be helpful to have a list of built-in variables in…

PPerforming JOINs on text files

20.02.20181 Min Read — In Programming

Linux comes equipped with a handy utility aptly called JOIN which performs join operations on text files. Performing an inner join is as simple as running join file1.txt file2.txt Producing an outer…

SSQLAlchemy terms defined

20.02.20181 Min Read — In Programming

In January of last year I was working on a project that used SQLAlchemy to manage database interactions. Since many of the terms were new to me back then, I thought it would be handy to define a few…

AAdding Prism syntax highlighting to a Harp server

30.11.20143 Min Read — In General

This website is used to run on a webserver called Harp. While reading through the documentation page on using Markdown to write pages, I came across an interesting few lines near the bottom of the…

SSynchronous spawning in corals and sea urchins

25.11.20143 Min Read — In Zoology

Reproduction poses certain problems for sessile organisms, since they cannot actively search for a mate. Many types of corals and sea urchins therefore employ a slightly different reproductive…

FFire (ants) and water don't mix

24.11.20141 Min Read — In Myrmecology

Native to South America, Red Imported Fire Ants make their homes underground. These nests are subject to flooding during rainy periods. On its own, a single fire ant Solenopsis invicta will struggle…

II vibrate, therefore I smell

22.11.20142 Min Read — In Biology

Your sense of smell depends on olfactory receptors. These receptors bind to oderant molecules and identify them by structure or shape. But what about molecules that are similar in shape? Those should…

MMeryra, right hand of the “Heretic King”

18.11.20141 Min Read — In History

Although it was never finished and remains unoccupied, the tomb of Meryra located in Amarna is notable since it casts a light on an important time in Egyptian history; that of the “Heretic Pharaoh…