Scrapy on the Fly

I solemnly swear that I am up to social good.

At the most recent Cleveland PyLadies meetup, I vowed to learn about web scraping for data science. Though web scraping can be a controversial subject because of the potential for privacy invasion, intellectual property infringement, or other nefarious activities, I …

Django Framework

This is not the most polished (front-end) of my web app projects, but it is live on https://afternoon-anchorage-94697.herokuapp.com/ and demonstrates a good amount of the dynamic data handling that Django is capable of.

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PyOhio 2018

One of the highlights of getting involved in the Python community has been the enthusiasm and sheer joy in the room at gatherings. While I was looking forward to PyOhio, a free conference held in Columbus last week, I did not know what to expect. Would the talks be over …

Cleveland PyLadies

Grind & Design

Several people have helped me get our new Cleveland chapter of PyLadies off the ground and no one was anything less than enthusiastically supportive. However, the early days were somewhat stressfull as I did a lot of the ground work on my own while working full-time and finishing …

GiveCamp2018

Over the weekend, I volunteered at an event called Cleveland Give Camp. I would consider this my second social-impact hackathon, though it had a very different dynamic from GiveBackHackCLE. While the focus of Give Back Hack was on spontaneity and inspiration to drive individuals to pitch ideas for development or …

ArcGIS Online - What Can You Do With a Free Profile?

It turns out ArcGIS (a GIS package for Python) is \$100 a year just for personal use - even for the Online Viewer subscription. Hard pass, thankyouverymuch. You can make a free profile to use their Online map creation service, however you are limited to available layers or must use their …

Adaptive Expertise

In chapter 2 of the book How People Learn, the authors outline six key principles that differentiate experts from novices. Studying experts will not inherently make you an expert in your field, but it can help you frame self-improvement in ways that make your efforts more meaningful. Though these six …

Design Matters

Let me frontload this by reiterating that I've spent the majority of my adult years as a high school math teacher. We are not typically the first content-area you think of when remembering the most design-savvy of your teachers. My strengths tended to center more on depth of knowledge and …

CLEPyLadies: Baby Steps

Oops!

I managed to lock the @CLEPyLadies twitter account last week and am still waiting on the humans to fix this. I'm also still wading my way through html files, getting the website in a workable state. That hasn't been my singular focus, so it's not ready to deploy.

HOWEVER …

Cleveland, Where My Ladies At?

Tech Ladies, PyLadies, RLadies, DjangoGirls, BlackGirlsCode, WomenWhoCode, Women in Tech...

It has been bugging me lately that there are no active women in tech groups near me. Girls Who Code seems to have a presence here, but the local chapter of Women Who Code has had no activity in almost …

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