Building Web Applications with Flask: For CS Students
Here’s a slidedeck I used to help teach some Trinity High School students how to make web applications with python flask.
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A friend and I both started working in spaces devoid of sunlight this week, and both found ourselves more sad than usual. Avoid. I am presently contently hacking by a window.
Last night Richard Stallman spoke to a standing room only NYU Courant lecture hall consisting of hackNY fellows, alumni, and other members of the NYC tech scene. It was a very surreal experience to be introduced to, and shake the hand of, the creator of software so many people (myself included) use.
The things that surprised me about RMS are the following:
It was a great night. I’ve always been partial to this movement, but as someone who is not a operating systems engineer, I did not know how to get involved. After hearing this talk, I decided I am going to try to experiment with free software licenses instead of opensource software licenses. You can read the argument for free software (instead of open source) here.
In lieu of a longer post (which is coming, promise), here’s a bit of a picture of what my days are like now:
Years ago, Gail Ennis, the CMO of analytics giant Omniture, told one of us that users of the company’s content optimization tools had to temper machine optimization with human judgement. Left to its own devices, the software quickly learned that scantily clad women generated a far higher click-rate on web pages than other forms of content. But that click-through rate was a short-term gain, offset by damage to the brand of the company that relies on it…Humans do inspiration; machines do validation.
— Lean Analytics, by Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz
I had a really good day today after a really long week. It’s important to just relax sometimes, even when you have all of New York City at your disposal. You don’t need to conquer the world every night, promise.
Today I set up a Glass Mirror API development environment, set up a Glass Android development environment, picked out a new pair of glasses, worked on a pitch deck, started planning a vacation to Vermont, and, most importantly, I caught up with three friends from home. New friends are great, but I really value interactions with old friends because they can remind you who you are, who you were, and where you come from. Talking to people outside of technology and getting out of the bubble is great as well. I think one of the keys to avoiding burnout is remembering what set you on fire in the first place.
I’m off to bed early, but happy, and will go back to trying to conquer the world tomorrow.