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Using AWS for Data Analysis

February 12, 2018 | Posted in AWS,Data Visualization

I’m not really sure when this happened, but over the last several years, I’ve started to spend a lot of my personal and professional time working on building out data visualization tools and workflows. In a recent meeting, someone referred to us as data scientists, and we’ve had a good running joke ever since. While […]

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Web GIS with Leaflet and WordPress

February 5, 2018 | Posted in GIS

Over the last several years, it seems like I’ve worked on a lot of different map-based applications for a variety of purposes. Some of them have been focused on the digital humanities, like the Moton Museum Civil Rights Tour, while other have been more business-oriented, like this one that I started while at VAFB. I’m […]

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WordPress JavaScript Snippets

January 30, 2018 | Posted in JavaScript,WordPress

This post is really just a placeholder for some new JavaScript tricks I’ve learned for WordPress over some of my latest projects. I’m sure these won’t be groundbreaking, but it’s worth it to document them here, at least for myself.   Working with REST API on Multisite The first snippet deals with using the REST […]

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Making a Chatbot with Amazon LEX

December 11, 2017 | Posted in AWS

What follows here is an exploration of an evolving project I’m working on to provide some additional touch points for current and prospective students in online courses at VCU. Chatbots, AI, Machine Learning, and other terms with similar connotations seem to be all the rage nowadays, but using publicly available cloud services, we can get […]

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Resetting Triggers in Google Apps Script

December 1, 2017 | Posted in Google Apps Script

Occasionally, when you are running a Google Script attached to a spreadsheet or document, the triggers that run those scripts can sometimes start to malfunction. Over the last five years, I haven’t been able to identify meaningful patterns for why these triggers and the associated scripts fail, but it just happens sometimes. However, here are […]

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Query Timeout in MySQL Workbench | Error Code: 2013. Lost connection to MySQL server during query

November 4, 2017 | Posted in SQL

This is kind of a silly and duplicative post, but I spent too much time searching for the right answer, so maybe this will help the right course of action bubble to the top faster in the future. The Issue I was trying to run a query on my local SQL install (whatever MAMP manages […]

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Extending WP REST API Index Route Response

October 25, 2017 | Posted in Web Development,WordPress

This should be a fairly quick blog post, but it should help some folks out if they are looking to extend the WP Rest API index route to include some additional fields. First, let’s clear up what I mean by index route.¬† For the purpose of this post, we are considering the index route to […]

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Using AmCharts with Vue and Webpack

| Posted in JavaScript,Web Development

I finally swallowed the Webpack pill, mostly because I wanted to get the most out of single file Vue components for some new projects I’m working on, and Webpack is along for the ride. Overall, it’s been a semi-frustrating but also instructive experience. Before this I never used ESLint or any other type of linting, […]

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Outsmarting Google: Generating Download Links with Google App Script

October 17, 2017 | Posted in Google Apps Script,Google Drive

For the most part, I love working with Google App Script. The APIs are what you expect them to be. Most of the features are well-documented. Heck, I’ve even tried to build Google Sheets into a small relational database. But after you’ve been around the block for awhile, you realize there is this odd black […]

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Analyzing and Visualizing Networks

October 3, 2017 | Posted in Data Visualization,JavaScript

One of the current projects I’m working on involves building out some analytical tools that sit on top of an application that lets students track attendance at extra curricular events for a living and learning program for the daVinci Center. For most of the visualizations, I used amCharts¬†to build out some nice looking and functional […]

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