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Automatically detecting and resolving deprecations using Semgrep
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semgrep go bash
Managing deprecations oftentimes requires a lot of manual work and communication. But what if we could automate this process instead?


Adapting the python context manager pattern for Go
·460 words·3 mins
go python
I’ve recently started writing more Go, and one pattern I miss from Python is context managers, which are especially useful when doing IO.


Managing your GitHub setup with python using the Terraform CDK
·1078 words·6 mins
github python terraform
How to automating the management of a GitHub organization using infrastructure-as-code tooling.
How does pathlib combine paths using slashes?
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How does the python pathlib library use the forward-slash character to construct paths?


Getting started with fbprophet on Windows 10
·548 words·3 mins
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 Python library for time series prediction from Facebook.


Java vararg constructors and reflection
·1181 words·6 mins
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 fields ranging around 30-50 fields.
SQLAlchemy terms defined
·255 words·2 mins
python sql
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 of them here.
Performing JOINs on text files
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Linux comes equipped with a handy utility aptly called join which performs join operations on text files.
AWK Built-in Variables
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A common choice for manipulating and processing large text files on UNIX systems is awk. I was using awk in March of 2017 and thought it would be helpful to have a list of awk built-in variables for future reference.


Adding Prism syntax highlighting to a Harp server
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This website 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 page, which discussed how to include fenced code blocks on a page:
Synchronous spawning in corals and sea urchins
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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 technique, releasing gametes into the water where they hopefully will join up with their counterparts to produce a new generation.
Fire (ants) and water don't mix
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zoology 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 to stay afloat in water, and may even drown.
I vibrate, therefore I smell
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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 smell enough alike that we can’t tell the difference.
Meryra, right hand of the “Heretic King”
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history egypt
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” Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti.
A lesson learned in including javascript libraries properly
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I figured I’d sit down and quickly add a navigation header to my site just to have it in place, so that I could add links to it later. After reading over the Bootstrap documentation, I thought it seemed rather straight-forward, so I quickly whipped up a few lines of Jade into a serviceable navigation header with a few link elements in it — one to the homepage and one to the blog portion.