Posts tagged Hacker-School

Blogging catch-up

:: Hacker School

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve blogged. Bad me. This is a catch-up post.

Hacker School has a tool called Blaggregator created by Sasha Laundy. We can submit feeds for our blogs. Blaggregator provides an aggregate page, and puts new-post messages on Zulip, the chat tool.

Hacker school week 6

:: Hacker School

I’m at the end of week 6 at Hacker School, which marks the halfway point. There are overlapping 12-week batches. As a result, the previous batch never-graduated yesterday.

My early weeks here included some pairing, and it was fun, but I spent more time learning and coding solo. My previous week was nearly the opposite. I spent most of my time pairing with Sumana Harihareswara.

Hands-on with Haskell week 1

:: Haskell, Hacker School

Last week I decided to pivot from Clojure hands-on to Haskell hands-on.

Applicable symbols

:: Clojure, Hacker School

Here are my notes about being puzzled about some Clojure code and diving into the implementation to figure it out. Although I figured it out the hard way, the exploration turned out to be interesting for me.

Hacker School day 15

:: Hacker School

I spent most of late Thursday and Friday working on open source projects that pre-date Hacker School.

Why macros?

:: Racket, Clojure, Hacker School

Yesterday a couple people asked me, “How and why do you use macros in a Lisp like Racket or Clojure?”.

I gave answers like:

Although all true, I wasn’t sure I was getting the full idea across.

Hands-on with Clojure day 5

:: Clojure, Hacker School

So I’ve fallen behind on the blogging, for a few reasons. Time to catch up.

I’m calling this “day 5” as a useful fiction. It’s a distillation of what is closer to days 5–7, or something like that.

As I mentioned before, this series of blog posts is going more directly from brain to web. Reflection and editing? Not so much.

Hands-on with Clojure day 4

:: Clojure, Hacker School


Hands-on with Clojure day 3

:: Clojure, Hacker School

Please see the usual disclaimers from my previous posts.

As I mentioned yesterday, my next toy project is to write wrappers libraries for the new Hacker News API. This seems like a good exercise because the REST API is very simple, and I have experience doing this sort of thing in Racket. In fact, I’ll do the same thing in both Racket and Clojure.

The result is clacker-news and racker-news. Trademark registration application is in-process.1

Hands-on with Clojure day 2

:: Clojure, Hacker School

As with yesterday’s post, important disclaimers:

Day 2 with Clojure was much more fun! I didn’t hit speed bumps with tooling and workflow, so frequently. I was able to focus mostly on the code itself, which was wonderful.

For a slightly more realistic task, I decided to make a really simple function that, given a URL, would make a GET request and return the value of the Server response header (if any), and a list of URLs found on the page that are for other servers. The idea being, you could crawl from some starting point and accumulate some data about web server technology.

Hands-on with Clojure

:: Clojure, Hacker School