Get a proof of concept up in 15 minutes using Docker, MySQL and Grafana Visualization

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Motivation

Almost as certain as the sun rising from the east and setting in the west is that eventually you’ll get tapped by management for a report on some pressing issue. How much time will you have to prepare it? Probably half the time you need to do a decent job of it.


Using Robot Framework to automate just about anything. A step-by-step guide.

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Photo by AltumCode on Unsplash

Motivation

If I had it my way, I would automate myself out of a job. I document everything I do at work so I don’t have to explain to the next person how to do things, I just point to the documentation and let them take it from there.


A step by step guide to getting MySQL running with Homebrew, MySQL Workbench

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Photo by Jan Antonin Kolar on Unsplash

Motivation

I’ve been loving using Django on the web application that I’ve been working on. I was able to get the project set up quickly so I could start producing Minimum Valuable Product (MVP) for my client, which was great. As I get closer to putting the app out into the wild it felt like it was time to make the move from SQL Lite (which comes with Django by default) to something more production-ready.

Dear SQL Lite: It’s not you, it’s me. I think it’s just time to see other databases.

Django supports the following databases officially:

  • Postgres
  • MariaDB
  • MySQL
  • Oracle…


It’s all about those billable hours

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Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Getting your freelance or consulting web development business off the ground is tough. I know because I’m going through it firsthand as I start a side web development gig.

How much do websites cost?

This is the $1 million dollar question.


The limit applies to each individual

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Dan Troung — Unsplash

Something couples forget when it comes to Roth IRA contributions is that the limits apply to each individual.

Once you’re married, you just become one anyway right?

When I made that realization I set up a separate account for my wife with TD Ameritrade and seeded it with some cash from our joint bank account. …


Life as a Father of Two Kids

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Bastion Jeilot — Unsplash

Big Dreams

I’ve always been ambitious. Went to school, studied hard. Got into a big engineering company, ground my way up the ladder there while getting two more Masters degrees on the company dime.


A newbie’s guide to getting up and running with unit testing for a Django project

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Artem Sapegin — Unsplash

Motivation

I’m coming up on week two of my side hustle to build a web application for my bro (I’ll call him the “client”). Time sure flies when someone pays you to do a job! A little about me…I’m a hobbyist developer. At work I’m a systems engineer involved with all sorts of things from gathering customer needs, developing concepts of operation, and architectural designs. I work closely with the development team to implement solutions but I’m not in the trenches cranking out code.

“Well-well look. I already told you: I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don’t have to! I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can’t you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?” -Tom Smykowski from Office…


Choosing a Point of Sale and Credit Card Processor for a small business

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Blake Wisz — Unsplash

As a new small business owner, you’ll have to figure out how to accept payments. You’d think this would be fun, who doesn’t enjoy accepting money?

Figure Out What You Need

Before you can compare anything, you have to sit down and figure out what your business needs out of the system. As a restaurant owner, my requirements were:

  • Payroll
  • Timekeeping (want this to integrate into…


The newbie’s guide to setting up version control for your Python project (and some thoughts on freelancing pay)

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Photo by Maxwell Nelson on Unsplash

Background

This all started with a request from my bro who’s a civil engineer who wanted to build a web application that would perform some calculations.

Getting a Django project started was easy but now I had to figure out how to run the show like I actually knew what I was doing. …


A newbie guide to getting rolling in under 15 minutes

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Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels

Motivation

If you want to get straight into it, skip my blabber and jump to the tutorial part below.

About

I Sun

Engineer, restaurant owner, dabbler in the written arts. Proud to call JHU, USC, and UIUC my alma mater. Find me on Twitter @kaistreetfare

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