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Powering Dash Apps with BigQuery

Dash · Plotly · GCP BigQuery · SQL · Python · pandas

Dash and Plotly are powerful libraries for visualizing data on the web. Let's take a look at how to hook a simple Dash app up to a Google BigQuery back-end data sink.


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Will Carhart

March 12, 2021 · 23 min read

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Dream big, query bigger

Powering Dash Apps with BigQuery

Dash · Plotly · GCP BigQuery · SQL · Python · pandas

Dash and Plotly are powerful libraries for visualizing data on the web. Let's take a look at how to hook a simple Dash app up to a Google BigQuery back-end data sink.


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Will Carhart

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Reflecting on my social media usage

Why I Deleted My Facebook

After some deliberation, I've decided to delete my Facebook account. Here are my thoughts on how I reached my decision.


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Spruce up your file system

How to Print File Trees on the Command Line

JavaScript · Python · Linux

Sometimes it's helpful to print a set of files and directories on the command line. As this set grows larger, it can often become unwieldy to display. Let's replicate the functionality of the Linux tool 'tree' in JavaScript and Python.


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Fulfill a SaaS marketer's dream

How to Create the Typewriter Effect in JavaScript

JavaScript · jQuery · HTML

Ever see text on webpages that looks like its being typed automatically? I'm going to show you just how easy it is to achieve this, called the typewriter effect, with a little bit of JavaScript and jQuery.


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Embracing sustainability

Why I Wrote my own Static Site Generator

Node.js · JavaScript · HTML · CSS · Bash · Yarn · Netlify · GCP Cloud CDN · GCP Cloud Storage · jQuery · Bootstrap

My old Django + Heroku application was becoming difficult to maintain, so I decided to switch to a static site. Rather than use an off the shelf generator like Hugo or Jekyll, I wrote my own, from scratch.


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Kill the lights, yo

The Easy Way to Add Dark Mode to your Website

JavaScript · HTML · CSS · jQuery

Seems like the most recent web development fad is dark mode, so why don't we take a look at how willcarh.art implemented it.


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Ain't got time for no readin'

How to Summarize Any Article in 7 Sentences, with Software

Python · BeautifulSoup

Ever wonder how Reddit's auto tl;dr bot works? Let's explore a simple text summarization algorithm and see how smoosh, a text summarizer I wrote, uses it.


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And why you should be too

Why I'm Excited About Deno

Deno · JavaScript

Deno could be the replacement for Node.js. It's written by Node's original author, Ryan Dahl, and seeks to address a lot of the complaints about Node.js and NPM. But, is it innovative enough to overcome the vast existing Node.js ecosystem?


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Becoming a git sudoer

A Case for Git Filters

Git

Sometimes pesky secrets can find their way into repositories. Git has an awesome, yet somewhat unknown feature, git filters, that can help us avoid checking secrets into our repositories.


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Leading the way in Bash CLI applications

Recreating Python's argparse in Bash

Bash · koi · Python

Many languages ship with powerful command line argument parsing libraries, Bash included. One of the best I've had the pleasure of working with is Python's argparse. Let's dive into how argparse became the inspiration for my own Bash argument parsing library, koi.


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How to manage your own tap

A Foray into Homebrew

Homebrew · Ruby · Git

Homebrew has become one of the most powerful widely used package managers for modern software development. Let's pull back the curtain on how Homebrew works and talk about how to create your own Homebrew formulae.


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Level up your shell scripts

How to Write Better Bash Spinners

Bash

Adding a spinner or progress indicator to your script can be super helpful for your users. However, it can be unnecessarily complex thing to do. Let's look at a way you can add a spinner to any Bash script.


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How to create your own minions

Spinning Up a Fleet of DigitalOcean Droplets

DigitalOcean Droplet · DigitalOcean API · doctl · Node.js · Bash

There are many different options for IaaS these days. Let's look into some awesome use cases for DigitalOcean's VM product, the droplet.


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No, there are not actually bubbles in the trees

Reducing AWS S3 Storage Costs with Bubble Trees

Python · Boto · AWS S3 · AWS Lambda · AWS SNS · AWS CloudWatch

When S3 buckets are used for storing behemoth amounts of data, like genomic data or high-resolution images, costs can run high. Let's look a new kind of data structure, the bubble tree, to try and combat these high costs in some scenarios.


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I am definitely a human beep boop

Building Chatbots for GitHub

Python · Bash · GitHub API · Travis CI

Using the GitHub API, we can automate just about any functionality of GitHub. Let's take a look at how we can conglomerate Python, Travis CI, and the GitHub API to make a friendly chatbot.


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Why Gmail sometimes says no

Automating Emails in Python

Python · Bash · Gmail API

Python provides some awesome libraries for sending emails, but sometimes Gmail is not a fan. Let's take a look at how to safely send automated emails from a Gmail account, via Python and the official Gmail API.


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getattr explained

The Power of Introspection in Python

Python

Python comes packed out of the box with some powerful introspection capabilities. Let's take a look at some simple examples for why they're so useful.


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Welcome home!

Introducing willcarh.art

Python · HTML · CSS · JavaScript · jQuery · Bootstrap · Django · Heroku

Announcing my all new personal website, portfolio, and full stack web application: willcarh.art


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